Chennai is known for its beaches and temples which are thronged by the people the year round. Here are five such temples which the people can visit on the new year and receive divine blessings:
Chennai’s renowned and cherished Kapaleeswarar temple is the chief landmark of Mylapore and one of the popular and prominent temples in Chennai. The prime idol in the temple is that of Lord Siva in the form of Lingam.
The temple was built-in 7th century by the Pallavas, and this temple is said to be one of the oldest temples in Tamilnadu. The dazzling 12 days celebration of Bhramotsavam during the month of March is a splendour sight to see.
Dedicated to Lord Venkat Krishna, the Parthasarthy temple located at Triplicane is one of the most famous and ancient temples in Chennai. The splendid feature of the temple is the colourful Gopuram. Apart from this, the temple houses separate shrines for Lord Narasimha, Lord Rama and Varaha. Every Fridays and Saturdays are crowded as those days are very auspicious to Lord Venkata Krishna.
The Ashtalakshmi Temple located near the Elliot beach in Chennai is one of the most beautiful temples in Chennai and the ancient temple which is one of its kind as it houses all the eight forms of Lakshmi under one roof.
Built in 1640 AD this temple is dedicated to Shri Kaligambal and Lord Kamadeswarar. It is located in Thambu Chetty Street, a prominent financial street at Georgetown, running parallel to Rajaji Salai. The temple had faced demolition during the Portuguese invasion but was later restored. The idol of the Goddess Kalikambal is very sublime and glows in her peaceful charm.
Arulmigu Marundeeswarar Temple
Marundeeswarar Temple located in Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai adjacent to the beach of Bay of Bengal is dedicated to Hindu deity Shiva. It is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams were two of the most revered Nayanars (Saivite Saints), Appar and Tirugnana Sambandar, have glorified the temple with their verses during the 7th century CE. The temple was expanded by Chola kings during the 11th century CE. The temple has two seven-tiered gateway towers, a huge tank, with the overall temple area covering 1 acre. The Marundeeswarar temple has been a place of curative worship for people with diseases.