Tamil Nadu is the state known for their rich traditions and two millennia old Tamil Language. Apart from this, culture of classical Carnatic music concerts and Tamil cinema industry are also the elements that mark as distinguished identity of the state. The ancient Hindu temples have also attracted visitors from all across the globe. The temples showcase the best specimen of Dravidian architectural styles. The towering carved gateways (Gopurams) are the major attributes that mark the uniqueness of Dravidian styles or architecture.
It is needless to say that the temples of South India are highly adored by the devotees and connoisseurs of art & architecture from all parts of the world. The temples are the epitome of a flourishing era of Dravidian architecture in the states of South India. There are tour packages available that take the visitors to some of the best and renowned temples of Tamil Nadu. Destinations such as Mahabalipuram, Thanjavur, Chennai, Madurai, Pondicherry and Trichy, are worth visiting to get close to the spiritual and cultural heritage of Tamil Nadu.
Mahabalipuram- There are numerous attractions that win the hearts of the visitors. Some of the attractions such as Thirukadalmallai (Temple of Lord Vishnu), Varaha Cave Temple (rock-cut temple), the Shore Temple, the Arjuna’s Penance, Pancha Rathas (Five Chariots), and the Tiger Cave are worth visiting.
Thanjavur- Sri Brihadeshwara temple is something that makes Thanjavur popular amidst the devotees from all across the globe. Apart from this, the Palace and Art Gallery are also perfect attractions to discover the incredible cultural heritage of Tamil Nadu.
Chennai- Chennai experiences huge footfall from all across the globe. The place is dotted with attractions like St. Thomas Cathedral Church, Kapleshwar Temple, and Parthasarathy Temple. These temples are a specimen of architectural beauty. Apart from this, you may also explore the cultural heritage of Chennai at The Fort Museum.
Madurai- Sri Meenakshi Temple is one of the major attractions in Madurai. The place attracts devotees and tourists from all across the globe. The travelers may also visit attractions like Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, Gandhi Palace and Thiruparangundram.
Pondicherry- besides being a former French Colony, Pondicherry has also marked its image as one of the temple cities of Tamil Nadu. Temples like Vedapureeswarar Temple, Manakula Vinayagar Temple and Varadaraja Perumal Temple are worth visiting for a wholesome spiritual experience.
Tamil Nadu, the state of temples is also a land where various festivals are celebrated with great pomp and grace. Some of the major festivals celebrated in Tamil Nadu are Bhogi Pongal, Pongal, Maattu Pongal, Kaanum Pongal Jallikattu (a bull taming contest), Chitterai (Tamil New Year), Aadi Perukku, and Mahamagam. Along with this, festivals like Deepavali (Death of Narakasura), Vinayaka Chathurthi, Saraswathi Poojai (Dasara), Easter, Ayudha Poojai, Bakrid, Eid ul-Fitr, Krishna Jayanthi, and Christmas are also celebrated.
Tamil Nadu is, thus, best described as the Temple state of India. The temples showcase of the excellent architectural brilliance. The temples and festivals of Tamil Nadu are best to provide a memorable and religious trip. These attributes of the state have also attracted tourists from every nook of the world, throughout the year.
Contributed By Neelam Talreja