Explore the gorgeous temples of Chennai

Kapaleeswarar Temple – G

Dedicated to Arulmigu Kapleeshwar- form of Lord Shiva and Goddess Karpagambal- form of Parvati, Kapaleeswarar is one of the most famous temples in Chennai. Built by Pallavas in the 7th century, the marvellous architecture resembles Dravidian style, featuring wood carvings, stone carvings, decorated pillars and Gopuram at the doorway.

There are 6 daily puja services in the temple such as Kala Santhi (morning), Uchchikala (Mid-day) Sayamkala (Evening) and Ardhajama (late Night), which allure devotees throughout the year. But maximum footfall is seen during major festivals like Panguni and Arubathimooval. Moreover, there is a huge tank, right behind the temple, where theppam or float festival is celebrated every year

Marundheeswarar Temple – Dedicated to ‘God of medicines

One of the most revered temples in Chennai, Marundheeswarar is believed to be built in 11th century. Here, Lord Shiva is worshipped as Marundheeswarar- healer of all ailments. According to mythological tales, Rishi Valmiki worshipped Lord Rama, under the holy vanni tree, which is seen in the 1 acre sprawling temple ground. Marundheeswarar Temple is counted as one of the Trinity sea shore temples in Tamil Nadu; the other two being Kapaleeswarar temple in Mylapore and Thyagarajaswamy temple in Thiruvottiyur.

Opening hours: 9 am to 8 pm

Ekambareswarar Temple – Worship several Gods, under one roof

In Ekambareswarar Temple, the Lord Shiva is worshipped with full grandeur and devotion, along with other Gods like Ganesha, Vishnu, Shakthi, Surya and Goddess Kamakshi. Along with these, there is a separate temple, within the same complex, dedicated to Nabagraha-the nine planets. This temple was built in 1680 by Alanganatha Pillai- a worker under the British Raj and was counted as Allingall’s Pagoda in the city maps till 18th century. This is one of the most visited temples in Chennai, particularly during festivals of Chithirai, Aadi, Markazhi and Panguni.

Opening hours: 6 am to 1: 30 pm and 4:30 pm to 8 pm. On festivals days and special occasions, the temple does not remain in the afternoon.

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Parthasarathy Temple – The oldest Hindu Vaishnavite temple in Chennai

One of the most prominent Chennai temples, Parthasarathy Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. In fact, it is the only temple in Chennai, where different avatars of Lord Vishnu, namely, Krishna, Varaha, Rama and Narasimha are worshipped, under one roof. The temple has separate entrances for Rama and Narsimha. Parthasarathy Temple has spectacular sculptures, inscriptions and murals dedicated to different events of battle of Kurukshetra.

Opening hours: 5:50 am to 9 pm

Sri Vadapalani Andavar Temple – Known for most popular Murugan shrines in Chennai

Sri Vadapalani Andavar temple, also known as Vadapalani Murugan Temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan and considered as one of the major attractions of Chennai. Built by Annaswami Nayakar, a devotee of Murugan in 1890, this temple was renovated in 1920 by building a huge rajagopuram at the entranceway. Sri Vadapalani Andavar temple is considered as a sacred place for marriages and other religious ceremonies and it is believed that the moolavar in standing posture blesses the newly married couple with health and prosperity.

Opening hours: 5:30 am to 9 pm

Kandhakottam – One of the spectacular Hindu temples in Chennai

The list of famous temples in Chennai also has KalikambalTemple. Originally located near the sea shore, this temple, dedicated to Kaligambal and Kamateswarar was re-located to its current location, in 1640. Moreover, legend has it that the original worshipping deity was God in his fierce form, which was replaced by shanta swaroopa or calm and composed form of Goddess Kamakshi, in later years. Historical sources reveal that in 1667, great Maratha king, Shivaji himself visited this temple to worship.

Opening hours: 6 am to 12 noon and 5 pm to 9 pm

Thirumala Thirupathi Devasthanam Temple – Mini Tirupathi of Chennai

Out of all famous temples in Chennai, Thirumala Thirupathi Devasthanam Temple is famed for maximum footfall, throughout the year, especially on Saturdays and during festivals. Situated by the banks of Sri Swami Pushkaarini, this temple boasts of marvellous architecture and artistically designed walls, pillars and gopurams. The entrance porch looks stunning while the shrine of Lord Venkatachalapathi resembles closely with Lord Venketeshwara in Tirupathi

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