Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu is a hub of temples of various faiths. Built in the unique South Indian architectural styles, these Chennai temples are a symbol of spirituality, culture and art.
Which God is famous in Chennai?
It is one of the famous temples in Chennai that is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Here, all the avatars of Lord Vishnu are worshipped with a great zeal. Also, the shrine has numerous sculptures, inscriptions, and murals that symbolize the battle of Kurukshetra.
Why is Chennai called the city of temples?
British retained the name as Madrasapattinam, though the locals called it as Chennapattinam. A Legend also says, this city was first named Chennai in honour of Damal Chennappa Nayakkar.
Who usually lived around the temples?
The specialists who worked at the temple and often lived near it included priests, garland makers, cooks, sweepers, musicians, dancers, etc. The produce of the land went for their sustenance. Besides being places of worship; temples were the hub of social, cultural and economic life as well.
How many temples are there in Tamil Nadu?
Nearly 33,000 ancient temples, many at least 800 to 2000 years old, are found scattered all over Tamil Nadu. As per Tamil Nadu Hindu Endowments Board, there are 38,615 temples.