The state of Tamil Nadu is very special when compared to the rest of India. It is a place that has beautiful balance between religion and it can be best felt in the Hindu temples that stand tall among the rest of the Other buildings in the landscape. It talks a lot about the importance that the kings of Tamil Nadu have given to the religion, Hinduism, temple and people who they wanted to respect the Gods of Hinduism. The temples in Tamilnadu or all around the place. The Kapaleeshwarar Temple in Tamilnadu is situated in Chennai which is to the north of the state and on the other side, there are temples even in Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli which belong to the southernmost tip of the state.
We have compiled a list of temples that could be considered as the biggest in Tamilnadu.
Sriranga Ranganathan temple in Trichy
Ranganatha temple in Trichy is probably the biggest temple in Tamilnadu and one of the biggest in the world. This temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Vishnu who is in charge of protection and as we all may have known, the three major Gods of Hinduism are Brahma Vishnu and Shiva. It is the glorified temple of the alvars and is much talked about in the literary work nalayira Divya prabandham and is also one among the 108 Divya desams dedicated to Lord Vishnu. There are over 600 inscriptions on this temple and the architecture of this temple is majorly and Dravidian. The interesting thing to note is that this temple is on an island which is bounded by river Kaveri on one side and river holiday on the other. The Srirangam temple is mentioned even in the Tamil literature belonging to the Sangam era of the first century a. D. This makes it one of the oldest temples in this region. This Temple also finds its mention in the Tamil epic silappadikaram. This temple is an important center of worship for Vaishnavism.
Brihadishwara temple in Thanjavur
The brihadishwara temple also called the Raja Rajeshwara or the peruvudaiyar Kovil is a temple that is dedicated to eshwara or Lord Shiva and is located in the Thanjavur region of Tamilnadu. It is one of the largest South Indian temples and again, like many other temples in South India, is built in the Dravidian architecture. It was constructed by the great Chola Empire Raja Raja Chola in between thousand three and thousand 1080 and the greatness of this Temple makes it quite eligible and likely to be a part of the UNESCO World Heritage site. Mahashivratri in this temple is quite famous. For many people, to this day, the mystery of construction of this Temple leaves them spellbound. The intricate architecture on the top of the temple is so Complex that people are not able to comprehend the engineering that went into it and is often listed with the pyramids of Egypt for an architecture and Engineering beyond its time.
Nataraja Temple in Chidambaram
Before we go into the temple of Chidambaram, we have to Digras a bit to talk about the fact that there is a statue of Nataraja in the headquarters of the sun in Geneva. This Temple not only takes its fame from the architecture and awesomeness but also the science behind it. The magnetic center of the Earth is said to be concentrated in Chidambaram and the exact point is at the spot where the foot of Shiva performing the cosmic dance is located. Again, like any other Shiva temple, the Maha Shivaratri is quite famous here. This temple was built in the 10th century when Chidambaram was the capital of the Chola Empire. This temple is quite famous for the Statue of Nataraja which is one of the avatars of Lord Shiva performing the Ananda Thandavam or the cosmic happy dance.
Meenakshi temple in Madurai
The Meenakshi temple also referred to as the Meenakshi Amman temple are the Meenakshi sundareswarar temple is a historical Temple that is situated in the city of Madurai and on the banks of Vaigai river. Madurai in itself is a city of temples and this particular temple is dedicated to goddess Meenakshi, who is an avatar of Parvati and her husband Lord Shiva who is in this Temple known as sundareswarar. This temple is said to have been constructed in the 6th century and finds its mention even before in the Sangam literature. The temple was rebuilt after the 14th Century by the nyex who ruled this region as it was planted by the armies of the Delhi sultanate. This Temple attracts a lot of pilgrims from all over the world that goes to a million in the 10 day Meenakshi thirukalyanam festival where Chariot procession takes place. In all of this, this Temple has been adjudged as one of the cleanest places in October 2017 under the swachh Bharat campaign. This Temple has one of the largest temple complexes in the world and it will not be an exaggeration to say that the city of Madurai developed around this Temple.
Palani Murugan Temple
Palani arulmigu Sri dhandayuthapani temple is one of the six abodes of Lord Murugan which is called as arupadai Veedu. For a lot of people in Tamilnadu, Lord Muruga is referred to as the Tamil God. As per the Legend, it is said that narada visited Shiva at Mount Kailash to present the fruit of knowledge and he would give it to the sun who Goes Around The World price. While Muruga took to going around the world on his peacock, Lord Vinayaka his brother went around his parents and claimed that his parents were his world. Impressed with this, the parents Shiva and Parvati give the fruit of wisdom to Vinayaka and this enraged Murga. Because of this, he went and sat on a mountain and it was the duty of narada to pacify him and bring him back. The mountain on which Murga rested is said to be this particular mountain and is considered to be one of the holiest place not only for the devotees of Muruga but in the entire scope of Hinduism. This Temple is visited by a lot of devotees from all over the world making it one of the biggest temples. The holy food called the panchamrutham which is offered in this temple is known all over the country.
the entire state of Tamil Nadu is known for a lot of things that might not be found in any other place in the subcontinent. The temples that exist for contesting Gods is something that is interesting to note. There are temples for Shiva as much as there were temples for Vishnu and they are temples for Muruga as well. In addition to all of this, there are even minor temples for every village!