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Temples of Tamilnadu

Tamil Nadu is home to
more than 30,000
temples and is aptly called
"the land of temples". The
rulers of various dynasties
constructed these temples
over centuries. Tamilnadu
is the land where
Dravidian style of temple
architecture manifested
itself in a grand and
magnificent way.
Vimanas (storeys) and
Gopurams (towering
gateways to the temple
complex) best characterize
the temples of Tamilnadu.
You will be amazed to see
that most of these
temples bear a superficial
architectural resemblance
with each other as they
share the similar physical
features- Gopurams (the
imposing tower over the
entrance, from all four
directions) and the
Vimana (the tower over
the sanctum). It is
interesting to note that the
temples of South India
were not merely a place
of worship but a large
part of social and cultural
life of the people revolved
around them.
Temple Architecture
The temple architecture in
Tamilnadu grew with
innovation and
experiments. The rule of
the Pallavas, Pandyas,
Cholas, Vijayanagar rulers
and the Nayakas saw the
construction of a number
of magnificent temples.
Thousands of temples,
with rising towers that
touch the skyline of Tamil
Nadu, were constructed
during the reign of the
empires. These temples
demonstrate that the
Tamils have been the
most innovative temple
builders. This fact is very
well evident in the temples
from the pre Christian era
as well as those from the
20th century. The
spectacular architecture of
these temples inspires
awe and amazes the
Most of the ancient
temples of Tamilnadu
were constructed in brick
and mortar. However, by
the 7th century AD a
unique style of temple
construction emerged
when temples were hewn
out of caves. The rule of
the Pallavas saw (up to
900 AD) building of
temples of stone. The
Cholas (900 -1250 AD)
were great temple
builders and they have a
number of magnificent
and spectacular to their
credit. The
Brihadeeswarar temple in
Thanjavur, built by Raj
Raja I, is a tribute to the
Chola rulers. The Chola
rulers added many ornate
mandpams (halls) to
temples and built large
gopurams (towers).
Subsequently, the Pandya
Style (Up to 1350 AD) saw
the emergence of the
temple architecture with
huge towers, high wall
enclosures and massive
gateways. The
Vijayanagar rulers also
made significant
contribution to the temple
architecture. They are
known more for the
intricacy and decorated
monolithic pillars.
As you travel across the
state of Tamilnadu, you
will be awestruck and
amazed to see the
intricately carved designs
and the splendid
architecture of the temples
spread over the length
and breadth of the Tamil
The temple architecture
reached its zenith during
the rule of the Chola
rulers. Thanjavur, being
the capital of the Chola
rulers, witnessed most of
the architectural activities.
Brihadeswara Temple
The Brihadeswara temple
is one of the most ancient
and the most celebrated
Hindu temple in the
world. The temple is
located in the city of
Thanjavur that is also
known as Tanjore, in the
Indian province of
Kailasanath Temple
Kanchipuram is a
pilgrimage city. A former
Pallava capital (7th - 9th
century), Kanchipuram is
filled with temples dating
from the 8th - 17th
Kanyakumari Temple
Kanyakumari forms the
southern most end of
mainland India. It is also
the place where the
Arabian Sea, the Bay of
Bengal and the Indian
Ocean merge.
Mahabalipuram Rathas
Mahabalipuram is a
temple town that is
situated along the
Coromandel Coast 55
kilometers off Chennai, the
capital of Tamilnadu. The
place is famous for its
Ratha temples that are a
part of the famous shore
temple complex.
Meenakshi Temple
The Meenakshi temple
complex is one of the
largest in India. The
presiding deity at the
Meenakshi temple at
Madurai, the Athens of
South India, is Goddess
Meenakshi. The nucleus of
the temple is older than
the Madurai city.
Murugan Temple
The Murugan temple at
Tirupporur is one of the
major temples dedicated
to Lord Muruga in
Tamilnadu. The Murugan
temple is situated at a
distance of about 45 Km
from Chennai.
Rameshwaram Temple
The Ramanathaswamy
Temple is one of the most
sacred shrines of the
Hindus in India. The
Jyotirlingam at the
Ramanathaswamy temple
is the southernmost of the
12 Jyotirlingams of India.

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