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The Best Temples in Chennai

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Chennai is popular for its tourist attractions, temples and beaches. Pilgrimage tourism has attracted travellers from different parts of India to Chennai which is the cultural capital of South India. Here are a few temples that you should visit if you are on a trip to Chennai.

Kapaleeswarar Temple
  

Kapaleeswarar Temple

The Kapaleeswarar Temple is one of the oldest temples in Tamil Nadu. This Shiva temple is located in Mylapore in Chennai. Lord's Shiva's consort Goddess Parvati in this temple is called as Karpagambal which means 'Goddess of the wish-yielding tree'.

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Kalikambal Temple
  

Kalikambal Temple

The Kalikambal Temple is dedicated to Goddess Kalikambal and Lord Kamateswarar. It is located in George Town in Chennai. This is one of the must-visit temples in Chennai. The peaceful atmosphere of the temple draws attention among the believers.

 

 

Jagannath Temple
  

Jagannath Temple

The Jagannath Temple in Chennai is dedicated to the divine trinity of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra. The Kalinga architectural style of the temple is a resemblance of that of the Jagannath Temple in Puri. The other deities worshipped here are Shiva, Ganesha and Bimala.

Devi Karumariamman Temple
  

Devi Karumariamman Temple

Devi Karumariamman temple is located in Thiruverkadu, to the west of Chennai. The temple attracts tourists and devotees alike from various parts in India. Read more about this temple here.

Mangadu Kamakshi Temple
  

Mangadu Kamakshi Temple

Mangadu Kamakshi Temple is dedicated to Devi Kamakshi Amman who is worshipped as Shakti or Power. It is located close to the Mangadu bus stop in the suburbs of Chennai.

Parthasarathy Temple
  

Parthasarathy Temple

This Krishna temple is believed to be one of the oldest structures of Chennai. Different avatars of Lord Krishna are worshipped here and the structure is also known for its intricate carvings done on its towers and pillars.

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Marundeeswarar Temple
  

Marundeeswarar Temple

This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva who is worshipped as Marundeeswarar here. 'Marundu' in Tamil means medicine. It is believed that the Lord taught sage Agasthya about some magical medicines. This temple is visited by people who have various problems with their health.

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Vadapalani Murugan Temple
  

Vadapalani Murugan Temple

This temple is famous in Chennai and across the country. It was built during 17th century by a devotee of Lord Murugan who even sacrificed his tongue for the Lord.

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Ashtalakshmi Temple
  

Ashtalakshmi Temple

The Ashtalakshmi Temple in Chennai is dedicated to the the eight secondary manifestations of Goddess Lakshmi. The temple is located on the shores of Besant Nagar Beach. The idols of the eight Goddesses are placed in four levels of the temple.

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Thiruneermalai Temple
  

Thiruneermalai Temple

Thiruneermalai is a hill atop which a temple is located. The temple is visited by devotees and tourists as the hilltop gives beautiful views of the whole Pallavaram area in the suburbs of Chennai. The principle deity here is Neervannaswamy, also known as Neelamugilvannan.

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Kundrathur Murugan Temple
  

Kundrathur Murugan Temple

The Kundrathur Murugan temple is the only Murugan temple in Tamil Nadu where the deity is facing the north. The temple that stands on a hill, can be reached after climbing 84 steps.

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Nanganallur Anjaneyar Temple
  

Nanganallur Anjaneyar Temple

The Nanganallur Anjaneyar Temple in Chennai is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. The idol of the deity here is 32 feet tall and is sculpted from a single piece of granite. It is one of the most visited temples of Chennai.

Photo Courtesy: Ganeshk

 

 

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