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Chennai Parthasarathy Temple
 



 



     It is hard to conceive the fact that Chennai used to host a conservative population no more than a few decades ago. Truly enough, the burgeoning modern metropolis sprawling with a tech-savvy population is truly impressive, especially in terms of the extent of the transformation. The numerous ancient temples in Chennai stand as living proofs of its rich cultural and architectural heritage. The most noteworthy eminent temples among these are at least one millennium old today.

One of the oldest of these temples happens to be the Parthasarathy Temple. Located on Peter’s Road, this temple was originally built during the reign of the Pallavas in the 8th century. The Vijaynagar kings and the Cholas rebuilt it in the 12th century. The principal deity of this temple is Lord Vishnu, owing to the fact that the builders were primarily Vaishnavites. The name Parthasarathy, in fact, indicates Vishnu. The name literally means “Arjuna’s charioteer” – the role of Krishna (Vishnu’s incarnation) during the battle of Kurukshetra as fabled in the Mahabharata.

In terms of architecture, this temple is a spectacle worth beholding. The ornate gopuram or entrance tower is among the many components of the temple that make it as spectacular as it is colossal. There are also entrances for Lord Narasimha (the half-lion half-man incarnation of Lord Vishnu) and Lord Parthasarathy.

This temple also contains a number of shrines dedicated to several figures, including Sri Rama, Ramanuja and Narasimha, among others. Several flags (Dwajasthambams) and pillars (Mandaps) are also present. These architectural specimens are all elaborately decorated by intricate and masterful carvings – a typical characteristic of South Indian temples.

Vaikuntha Ekadasi is the time of the year when the eminence of this temple in Tiruvallikkeni is truly reflected by the extent of the crowds gathering here. Not only devotees, but also tourists are unable to resist this masterpiece of Ancient Indian architecture.



Ashtalakshmi Temple
     The Ashtalakshmi Temple as the name suggests, is the embodiment of eight forms of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. The temple is located on the serene and beautiful Elliot’s beach, in the capital city of Chennai, in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. In fact the temple is one of its kinds and is a splendid amalgamation of contemporary and Dravidian architecture. It was constructed some 30 odd years ago and portrays octal manifestations of the deity, in various levels.
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Kalikambal Temple
     The Kalikambal temple is one of the ancient temples that is thronged by devotees from in and around India. It is famous both for its architectural marvel and its ancestral lineage with the great Indian Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji, who along with his entourage is said to have visited this temple during his trip to south of India. Kalikambal temple is located in George Town area of Chennai. Originally, it is believed that the temple was constructed closer to the sea shores but then was moved to the current location during the British rule in India. The temple dates back to 1640.
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Kapaleeswarar Temple
     The Kapaleeswarar temple is located in the Mylapore region of Chennai, the capital city of the state of Tamil Nadu. The temple has a long historical significance. The Mylapore region itself is treated as a very holistic place because of the great literary scholars Tiruvalluvar and Peyalwar who had made it their residing place at some point of time.
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Kriyaa Sakthi - Kodiyidai Amman
     Women power or the Shakti has been worshipped in India from ages. Infact almost every temple in India has some or the other form of female deity. The Kriyaa Sakthi temple is one such example among the three marvels of architecture located in Chennai. The three forms of Shakti are Ichchaa Sakthi (Thiruvudai Amman), Gnaana Sakthi (Vadivudai Amman) and the Kriyaa Sakthi (Kodiyidai Amman).
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Kundrathur Temple
     The Kundrathur temple is unique in its architecture among all the Murugan temples that are found in Chennai. The temple is distinguished from the rest because the deity here is placed facing the North. On the northern side of it lies Thanigai. The temple is located in a small place known as Kundrathur which is around 28 km from the capital city of Tamil Nadu. Though Kundrathur is a small area interestingly placed between Porur, Poonamalee and Pallavaram but it has a cluster of seven temples within its boundaries.
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Mangadu Kamakshi Temple
     The literal meaning of the word “Mangadu” is mangrove. The temple of Lordess Kamakshi (a form of Goddess Parvati) has brought fame to this small place that is hidden in the suburbs of city of Chennai, in Tamil Nadu. The image of the Goddess Kamakshi placed in the sanctorum is eye catching and fills your heart with intense devotion and complete surrender to the divinity.
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Marundeeswarar Temple
     Among all the cities in the southern part of India, Chennai seems to have been the most blessed by the divine power. It is in the true sense of the word, an abode of the God and Goddesses who are present reside in the various temples that the city spawns within its boundaries. One such temple that is both famous for its architectural designs and the grandeur that it spells, is the Marundeeswarar temple.
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Thiruverkadu Mariamman Temple
     Thiruverkadu is a small place in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. This place is well known among the people for its Sri KarumariammanTemple which is believed to be a Goddess of procreation and remover of all human ailments. Thiruverkadu by itself is an abode of a number of herbs and plants that have high medicinal value.
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Tyagarajar Temple
     To perceive Chennai as a township that had its roots in technology and advancement would be a fatal error. In fact, Chennai is one of the few cities to host one of the oldest temples in India. The most noteworthy of these temples had been constructed as early as a millennium ago.
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Vadapalani Dandayudhapani Temple
     Development and progress have not tarnished the immense cultural heritage and tradition that the people of Chennai, formerly known as Madras, harbored and still harbor. In fact, one of the most striking aspects about the people of Chennai is their extent of awareness regarding spiritual matters, especially Hinduism.
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