With thousands of temples occupying the landscape of Tamil Nadu, the state is also called the land of temples. The diversity in ethos and religious practices in Tamil Nadu has led to setting up of numerous places of worship, belonging to the followers of different religions. Since Hindus are more in number, their places of worship (temples) dot the entire landscape. On the other hand, the followers of many other religions such as the Muslims, Christians, Jews, Jains and Sikhs also inhabit Tamil Nadu. A number of Churches, Mosques, Synagogues, Gurdwaras etc represent the sentiments of the abovementioned religions. Of all the worship places, temples are the oldest.
Many temples in Tamil Nadu are more than thousand years old. Most of
the temples in the state are built in Dravidian style i e huge gopurams
(gateways) and towering Vimanas (storeys). These temples are proof of
the architectural genius of the bygone era. The temples at Mahabalipuram
and Tanjore belong to this category.
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. Kanyakumari has been a great center for culture, civilization and
pilgrimage for years.
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. It is an ancient temple, which was
built during the reign of the Pallava rulers.
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
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. It is considered as holy
The Swamimalai temple is one of the six shrines dedicated to Lord
Subramanya. The Swaminathan temple is associated with the legend of
Skanda having re-initiated his father Shiva, with the concept of the
oneness of creation of Omkaram. The temple is built on an artificial
hill, approached by a flight of steps.
Velankanni is one of the most taken pilgrimages in India. Situated
amidst shores of Bay of Bengal, Velankanni is a picturesque town. The
city is famous for the shrine Basilica that is dedicated to 'Lady of
health'. The shrine draws pilgrims from all faiths and from all over the