Even after being India’s top metropolitan city, Chennai has not lost its kinship with the cultural and religious roots. Chennai’s temples are renowned for their magnificent architecture and portrayal of the South Indian culture. Here are 6 captivating temples in Chennai, you should definitely add to your check-list:
1. Thirumalai Thirupathi Devasthanam Temple
The famous Thirumalai Temple is located on Sri Swami Pushkaarini’s Southern banks and is devoted to Lord Venkatachalapathi. The temple remains flocked with devotees throughout the year. The idol at this temple resembles to the one in Tirupati and believers claim that those who fail to make it to Tirumala Tirupati temple, visit this one instead.
2. Parthasarathy Temple
Built in the 8th century, the Parthasarathy Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The temple is an abode to several avatars of Lord Rama, Krishna, Vishnu, Varaha and Narasimha. It is believed to be one of the oldest structures in Chennai, visited by people for its intricately designed pillars.
3. Kapaleeswarar Temple
Devoted to the Arulmigu Kapleeshwar and Goddess Karpagambal avtars of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati respectively, the Kapaleeswarar Temple is believed to date back to the 7th century. The Arubathimooval festival is the most outstanding event at the temple, during the Tamil month of Panguni.
4. Sai Baba Temple
Built in 1952, the Sai Baba temple of Mylapore is the second most visited temple dedicated to Shirdi Sai Baba. The temple was constructed by the notable devotees of Sai Baba.
5. ISKCON temple
The ISKCON Temple of Chennai was built on the donations given by the devotees in Chennai and with the support of 8,000 life patrons. The temple is famous for it’s morning and evening Artis, making it a must visit on your trip to Chennai.
Pack your bags and get ready to be surprised by the spirituality, colors and warmth of the city of Chennai.