Tamil Nadu is a ‘land of temples’, consisting more than 30,000 temples constructed by rulers of various dynasties.
Kailashnath temple was by constructed by the Pallava king Rajasimha in the 7th century AD. The temple is an epitome of Pallava architecture, that speak of bygone splendour. It is the oldest structure in Kanchipuram, made of granite and sandstone. Sculptures of the Lord Shiva in 64 poses, presents an insight to different aspects of mythology. Prayers are held regularly in the praise of presiding deity Lord Shiva and the grand festival of Shivratri is celebrated here once every year.
Meenakshi temple was built by the Pandyan King Kulasekhara in 16th century AD. Goddess Meenakshi is the presiding deity here. The temple is designed in marvellous Dravidian architectural style, adorned with splendid and fantastic sculptures. There are two main shrines, twelve Gopuras and numerous Mandapas inside the temple complex.
Mahabalipuram temples are well known for their splendid architecture, with its beautifully carved sculptures, the rock-cut temples reflects the artistic and intricate work of Pallava rulers. The Ratha temples commonly called the ‘Pancha Pandava Ratha’ are the pioneer of Dravidian style architecture. Apart from Ratha, there are also other magnificent temples famed for their Mandapas, a real sightseeing attraction of the place.
Rameshwaram temple is one of the most revered Hindu temples in India. The temple holds the great religious significance and is considered as one of the four major pilgrimage sites for the followers of Hinduism. It is privileged to have one of the twelve Jyotirlingas (lingam of light) of Lord Shiva. Idols of Viswanath Naicker and Krishnama Naicker are placed in the main shrine.