Go on a Temple Hopping Adventure in India
Are you interested in a different kind of travel experience? Why not go on a temple hopping adventure in India? Specifically, why don’t you pack for a getaway to Tamil Nadu? Located at the southern tip of India, Tamil Nadu has a lot of temples for you and your companions to enjoy. If you get tired of the temples, you can escape to any of the beaches where you can delight in fresh seafood with Indian’s customary spices.
Thanjavur, a city on the coast of south India, should be on top of your itinerary. Thanjavur and the adjoining areas of Kumbakonam and Nagapattinam are known as the Treasure House of Temples.
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The Great Living Chola Temples
Three temples built during the Chola empire represent the outstanding achievement in the Dravidan architecture. Particularly, these temples are the Brihadisvara (Sri Brahadeeswara) Temple at Thanjavur, the Temple of Gangaikonda Cholapuram and the Airavatesvara Temple at Darasuram.
In 1987, the Brihadisvara Temple was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The temples at Darasuram were added as extensions to the site in 2004, and the three have since been known as the Great Living Chola Temples.
Over a thousand year old, the Brihadisvara Temple is popularly known as the Big Temple. The Great Chola Emperor Raja Cholan I dedicated the temple to Lord Siva in the year 1010 AD. The temple’s tower is 216 feet tall, making it one of the tallest of its kind in the whole world. Gangaikondaan Cholapuram is also a popular Siva Temple that devotees call an equal to the Big Temple.
The Murugan Temples
India has many important temples dedicated to Lord Murugan, who is worshipped by other names including Skandan, Subramanyan, Sengalvarayan, and Swaminathan among others. The Arupadai Veedu or the Six Abodes of Lord Murugan are the Thiruthani, Swamimalai, the 2,000-year-old Thiruchendur, Pazhamudhir Solai, Thirupparam Kundram, and the Palani, which is one of the most sacred shrines of Lord Murugan.
In addition to the Arupadai Veedu, there are about seventeen other temples dedicated to Lord Murugan. Some important Murugan Temples of Tamil Nadu include the Chennimalai, Enkann, Ettukudi, Kandakottam, Kundrakudi, Marudamalai, Mavadipuram, Nallur, Pachamalai, Sikkal, Thindamalai, Tiruporur, Vallimalai, Vayalur, and Viralimalai.
The Navagraha Temples
If you are an avid fan of astrology, you have to visit Tamil Nadu. According to Indian Astrology, the planetary positions determine the course of one’s life. The Navagraha temples are devoted to the nine celestial bodies (Nava means Nine; Graha means Planets), with an incarnation of God in each. A great thing about deciding to go on a temple hopping adventure in India is that you don’t have to travel far distances as these temples are found in and around the districts of Kumbakonam and Thanjavur.
These are just a few interesting options for you when you go on a temple hopping adventure in India.