Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu. It is among the most visited cities by foreign nationals and in the quality of living survey, it was declared the safest in India. Chennai is named the Detroit of India with more than one-third of India’s Automobile Industry based in the city. Along with being a safe and productive city, Chennai is also a stunningly beautiful one. There are multiple cultural hubs including museums, art galleries and music centers here. But what captures the hearts of tourists, is the number of glorious temples here. The city was ruled by multiple dynasties including the Cholas, Pallavas, Vijayanagar Nayaks, and finally, European settlers. Owing to its rich history and culture, there is no dearth of beautiful temples built under each ruler If you visit Chennai, don’t forget to visit these temples:
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List of 8 Famous Temples To Visit in Chennai
1. Sri Agastheeswarar Temple Kolapakkam
The temple is believed to be over 1500 years old. The temple was in ruins till 1998 when it was discovered and renovated in pristine gold and beautiful carvings. The temple has a separate shrine for Sri Surya Bhagvan and according to legends, Sri Surya Bhagvan had worshipped Lord Shiva at this temple
- Distance From City: 18 km
- Temple Timings: 7 am – 11 am | 4 pm – 8 pm
- Main Gods Worshipped: Shiva, Sri Agastheeswarar, Goddess Sri Aanandhavalli
- Best Time To Visit: Sundays, when red cloth, red flowers and wheat are offered to deities
- Time Taken: 1 hour
- How To Reach: Buses can be hailed from Porur | Nearest Railway Station is Guindy|Distance from Airport: 30 minutes
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2. SomangalamSri Somanaadheeswarar Temple
Somangalam is a beautiful ancient village wherein the Sri Somaanadheeswar Temple is located. It is one of the Navgraha temples of Chennai. According to folklore, Sri Chandra Bhagvan lost all his art and magic in a battle and created a pond here to worship Lord Shiva to regain his charm and wisdom.
- Distance from City: 35 km
- Temple Timings: 8 pm – 10 pm | 5 pm – 7 pm
- Main Gods Worshipped: Chandra Bhagvan, Lord Shiva, Sri Somanaadheeswarar and Goddess Sri Kamakshi Amman
- Time Taken: 1 hour
- How To Reach: Buses from Porur |Nearest Airport is Chennai International Airport
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3. Vaitheeswaran Koil Temple
This is also one of the famous Navgraha temples in Chennai. It is said to be over 1000 years old and has magnificent ancient carvings on either side of the entrance. The temple is dedicated to the God of Mars or Anagaaragan, also known as Angaraaka. It is frequented by couples as Mars is believed to strengthen marital relationships.
- Distance from City: 25 km
- Temple Timings: 6 am – 1 pm| 4 pm – 9 pm
- Main Gods Worshipped: Lord Shiva as Sri Vaidheeswarar and Goddess Sri ThaiyyalNaayagi
- Time Taken: 1 hour
- Best Time To Visit: Tuesdays as special poojas are done for Sri Angaraagan
- How To Reach: Nearest Railway Station: Vaaitheeswaran | Frequent Buses from Sirkali
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4. Thirumukkoodal SriAppan Prasanna VenkatesaPerumaal
The temple gets its name from the three rivers that merge within its premises. These are Palar, VegvathiandCheyyar. The inscriptions on the temple walls are said to be from the 9th century, while the temple itself is believed to be over 1200 years old. Tourists and locals visit the temple to take a dip in the holy waters of Triveni Sangamam or where the three rivers meet.
- Temple Timings: Weekdays – 8:30 am – 11:30 am| 4 pm – 6 pm. Weekends – 8:30 am – 1 pm | 3 pm – 7 pm
- Main Gods Worshipped: Lord Vishnu and Brahma
- How To Reach: Nearest Railway Station: Palur and Palayasivaram | Nearest Airport: Meenambankam Airport |Frequent Buses from Chengalpattu
Also Read: Famous Navagraha Temples in Tamil Nadu
5. Sri Vadapalani Andavar Temple
This is one of the most popular Murugan temples in Chennai and a major attraction in the city. It was built by AnnaswamiNayakar in 1980. It was renovated in 1920 and a Rajagopuram was placed at the entryway. It is frequented by the newly married couple as they are believed to be blessed with health and prosperity.
- Temple Timings: 5:30 am – 9 pm
- Main Gods Worshipped: Lord Muruga
- Time Taken: 1-2 Hours
- How To Reach: Nearest Railway Station: Kodambakam | Well connected by cabs and buses
Also Read: Famous Murugan Temples in Tamil Nadu
6. Parthasarathy Temple
This is the oldest Vaishnav temple in Chennai dedicated to Lord Krishna. There are prominent and beautiful structures and murals dedicated to the battle of Kurukshetra within the temple premises. It was made in the 15th century by Pallavas and is one of the most popular temples among tourists.
- Temple Timings: 5:30 am – 12 Noon| 4 pm – 9 pm
- Main Gods Worshipped: Lord Vishnu, namely, Krishna, Varaha, Rama and Narasimha
- Time Taken: 2-3 Hours
- Best Time To Visit: During darshans, sevasand festivals that take place around the year
- How To Reach: Nearest Bus Terminal: Velachery | Nearest Railway Station: Perungudi
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7. ArulmiguKapaleeswarar Temple
This is one of the most famous temples in Chennai. The Dravidian style architecture of the temple comprises wood carvings, Gopuram, stone pillars and magnificent entryways. The popular temple sees 4 yearly festivals and six daily rituals. The most popular boat festival or Theppam is celebrated behind the temple in a large man-madea tank.
- Temple Timings: 5:30 am – 10:00 pm
- Main Gods Worshipped: Lord Shiva as Kapaleeswarar and Goddess Parvati as Karpagambal
- Time Taken: 2-3 hours
- How To Reach: Nearest Airport: Chennai International Airport | Well connected by buses and Taxis
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8. Marundheeswarar Temple
The temple is believed to be built in the 11th century and is one of the most revered ones in Chennai. Here, Lord Shiva is worshipped as Marundheeswarar or the healer of wounds. It is brilliantly carved with a pristine Rajgopuram and 2 corridors. The lingam placed within the temple is untouched by human hands. According to legends, Sage Valmiki prayed to Lord Shiva at the temple in order to attain salvation and received the same from an impressed Lord Shiva under the Vanni Tree growing within the temple premises.
- Distance from City: 29 km
- Temple Timings: 4 AM – 10 PM
- Main Gods Visited: Lord Shiva as Murudheeswarar
- Time Taken: 2-3 hours
- How To Reach: Nearest Airport:Chennai International Airport| Nearest Railway Station: Thiruvanmayur |Well connected by buses
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