Chennai, being one of the biggest cultural centers in South India, has a lot more to offer when it
comes to architecture. With buildings dating back to 7 th and 8 th centuries, the temple
architecture of Chennai stands unique with respect to culture, grace, and elegance. Here are
the top 5 must-visit temples in Chennai where you can witness craftwork at its finest.
1. Kapaleeshwarar Temple
Located in the prime area of Mylapore, Kapaleeshwarar temple was rebuilt in 16 th Century by
the Vijayanagar Kings after it suffered demolition by the Portuguese. With the structure
following Dravidian Architecture, the temple has inscriptions dating back to 12 th Century
CE. The presiding deity, Shiva, is worshipped in the form of Linga. It’s beauty and the
visitors’ sheer admiration has been recorded to be nothing but filled with awe.
2. Parthasarathy Temple
Parthasarathy Temple is the oldest temple in the city, located at Triplicane. Built in 8 th Century
CE by the Pallavas, this Hindu Vaishnavite temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna.The
temple has separate entrances for the Krishna and Narasimha temples and the towers
and pillars have elaborate cravings in Tamil and Telugu and have inscriptions from the
Chola period when the temple was extensively built. The Chola Empire known for its
valour, art and architecture had also been a patronage of beauty and it is all pervasive
Location: Triplicane, Chennai
3. Arulmigu Ekambareswarar Temple
Unpopular to the people outside of Chennai, this temple dates back to more than thousand
years and is one of the three temples that were popular before the arrival of the British.
The temple tree is 300 years old and stand as witness to history and legacy. There are
numerous idols and shrines present in this temple and one could just soak in the spirit
and elegance of it in all its entirety.
4.Vadapalani Andavar Temple
Built in 1890, this temple was initially a simple thatched shed and was later renovated in the
1920s with the installation of a Rajagopuram. This temple gained popularity over the
years through its legend of being able to cure diseases. Here stands another historic
testimony of the city’s brilliant medical and healing facilities that has come a long way
today.The holy tree is the fig tree and the presiding deity is Lord Murugan.
Location: Vadapalani, Chennai
The significance of this temple is its structure being in the shape of ‘Aum,’ the vedic mantra,
hence the temple is also known as Aumkarakshetra. The construction follows the model
of Ashtanga Vimana style, which is one of the ancient styles of construction. The eight
forms of Goddess Lakshmi is represented in four levels and hence is regarded as an
Location: Besant Nagar, Chennai
With beauty and devotion being the air of the city, the temple architecture stands at the
pinnacle of the city’s glorious history and cultural heritage. No reason to stay back.
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