The temples of Chennai, some of which even thousands of years old, connect Chennai with to divine roots. These divine roots keep us all grounded in times when these temples are the only places giving us a respite from the conundrums of daily life. Not all who visit these temples though are looking for a tryst with divinity, for some are just admirers of art and most of the temples in Chennai are a masterpiece when it comes to architecture.
Lord Shiva is the presiding deity of this temple in his Arulmigu Kapleeshwar avatar, along with his wife Goddess Parvati as Goddess Karpagambal. It is believed to have been built during the Pallava dynasty reign in the 7th century. The temple has been constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture and its Gopuram reflects excellent craftsmanship. Best time to visit this temple is during the Tamil month of Panguni when the Arubathimooval festival is celebrated here with great fervor.
- Location: Mylapore
- Opening hours: 5:30 AM to 12 Noon and 5 PM to 9 PM
This 11th-century temple in Chennai is also dedicate to Lord Shiva, who is worship herein the form of Marundheeswarar or the healer of all ailments. The temple is home to the sacred Vanni tree under which sage Valmiki had pray to Lord Shiva. Marundheeswarar Temple is part of the Trinity temples which also includes Kapaleeswarar temple and Thyagarajaswamy temple.
- Location: Lalitha Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur
- Opening hours: 9 AM to 8 PM
This ancient temple built in the 8th century by the Pallavas pays homage to Lord Vishnu who can see here in his three key avatars Narasimha, Rama, and Krishna. It is one of the oldest Vaishnav temples in Chennai. Sculptures, inscriptions, and murals on the walls of the temple depict scenes from the war of Kurukshetra, that was waged between the Pandavas and Kauravas. The name Parthasarathyconnotes to ‘Arjuna’s charioteer’ as Arjuna was also known as Parth.
- Location: Narayan Krishnaraj Puram, Triplicane
- Opening hours: 30 AM to 9 PM
Sri Vadapalani Andavar Temple
Lord Muruga is worship in this 18th-century temple, which vows you with its colorful façade at the first instance. The temple is a prefer location for marriages in Chennai and it is believe that the moolavar who is depict in a standing posture here, showers his blessings on the newlyweds wishing them health and prosperity. It was buid by Annaswami Nayakar who was an ardent devotee of Lord Muruga. The temple was renovate in 1920 when a huge Rajagopuram was add at the entranceway.
- Location: Palani Andavar Koil Street, Vadapalani
- Opening hours:30 AM to 9 PM
Most temples in Chennai are dedicate to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. This one is the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Shiva. Other gods that are worshipp here are Lord Ganesha, Lord Vishnu, Lord Surya, Goddess Shakthi, and Goddess Kamakshi. A separate structure within the temple has devotees paying homage to Nabagraha. OR the nine planets and Lord Shiva in this temple represents Earth itself. This centuries-old temple was build by AlanganathaPillai and along with the idol, a three hundred -year-old Ashvastha tree inside the temple is also consider sacred. Devotees throng this temple during the festivals of Panguni, Chithirai, Aadi,and Markazhi.
- Location: Mint Street, George Town
- Opening hours:6 AM to 1.30 PM and 4.30 PM to 8 PM
Kandha Kottam is a Lord Murugan temple, who is worship here as the ‘Warrior God’. There is a saravanapoigai, which is a huge tank, in the sprawling temple premises. Thursday at the temple sees a large number of worshippers, as on this day a special puja is doing in the temple. It is famous Jothi Darshanamtakes place and the priest recites the Arutperunjothi Agaval.
- Location: Rasappa Chetty Street
- Opening hours:6 AM to 9.45 PM
Some other famous temples in Chennai are Karaneeswarar Saidapet, Kalikambal Temple, Thirumala Thirupathi Devasthanam Temple. There are consider a version of Tirupathi in Chennai, and Ashtalakshmi Temple to name a few. Many tourists visit the city only for its temples and take up accommodations in hotels in Chennai that are located centrally.