TOP FIVE MUST VISIT TEMPLES OF CHENNAI
Chennai Temple– Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, is one of the most important cities in south India as well as in the country in terms of commerce, culture, education as well as economics. In fact, Chennai is popularly known as the cultural capital of South India.
If you are religious and hoping to visit some beautiful temples, then Chennai should be the place for you. The temples here are an embodiment of culture, customs, and spirituality of Hindu faith.
Here we have enlisted some of the best temples in Chennai so that the next time you want to explore Hindu Temples or go on a pilgrimage you will know the right destination.
The Parthasarathy Temple in Chennai is dedicated to the Hindu God Krishna and is located in Triplicane. The temple is believed to have been built in the 8th century and has been mentioned in glorifying terms in the works of the Alvar saints. The word Parthasarathy is a Sanskrit word that means the ‘Charioteer of Arjuna’. Lord Krishna played the part of Arjuna’s charioteer during the epic battle of Mahabharata. Within the temple are housed the different avatars of Lord Vishnu; Krishna, Narasimha, Rama and Varaha. There are separate entrances for the shrines of Lord Rama and Lord Narasimha. The temple is famous as being the oldest structure in Chennai. Many tourists throng to the temple because of this reason. Besides this, the temple is also famous for the beautiful and intricate carvings on the towers and pillars of the temple.
The Ashtalakshmi Temple in Chennai is dedicated to eight Hindu Goddesses who are all believed to be the secondary manifestations of Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. The goddess is also the consort of Lord Vishnu. The temple lies on the shores of the Besant Nagar Beach and has four levels. The idols of the eight goddesses have been placed at different levels of the temple. The first floor houses the shrines of Aadilakshmi (the beginning), Dharyalakshmi (the strength) and Dhaanyalakshmi (the food). The worship of the goddesses starts from level two where shrines of Goddess Mahalakshmi and Mahavishnu are established. On the third floor is the shrine of Santha Lakshmi (the peace), Vijaya Lakshmi (the victorious) and Gajalakshmi (the fertile). The fourth floor has only one shrine, that of Goddess Dhanalakshmi (the wealth).
The Kapaleeshwar Temple is located in Mylapore, a truly exotic and gorgeous appearing temple of the city. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati. Goddess Parvati is worshipped at the temple in the form of Karpagambal or ‘Goddess of Wish Yielding Tree’. The temple gets its name from two words, ‘Kapalam’ meaning ‘head’ and ‘Eeshwarar’ which is another way of calling Lord Shiva. It is believed that the temple was built sometime during the 7th century by the Pallava Kings. The architecture of the temple is reminiscent of the Dravidian style and design.
The Ayyappan Temple is the dedication to the Hindu God Lord Ayyappan. It is a beautiful and peaceful temple located in center of the city. It also holds the idols of Lord Vinayagar and Lord Subramanian. People visiting the Ayyappan temple located on banks of river pamba start their journey visiting this temple. It replicates the Ayyappan temple of Sabarimala. Every year people visit this temple in lakhs and has also become a part of their yearly ritual to get the Lord Ayyappan blessings before starting their walk to Sabarimala.
The Kalikambal Temple in Chennai is dedicated to Hindu Goddess Kalikambal (Goddess Kalika) who is also revered as Goddess Kamakshi in some parts of India. The present structure of the Kalikambal Temple was built in 1640 A.D. after the original temple was destroyed. The site of the original temple was near the shore, and it is believed that Portuguese invaders brought down the temple. According to a local legend, one of the fiercest forms of Goddess Kamakshi was worshipped at the temple. This form of the goddess was believed to be very aggressive and powerful and was later replaced by her less aggressive and more peaceful form of Goddess Kalikambal. This avatar of Goddess Kamakshi is considered ‘shanta swaroopa’ or peace loving.