Holy Pilgrimage – Temples in Tamilnadu State (Introduction -2)

Holy Pilgrimage – Temples in  Tamilnadu State

Other major Murugan temples

Name of Temple
Name of Deity
Location (Travel Base)
Built around
Sikkal (Tanjavur)
Lord Murugan received his weapon, the Velayudham, from his mother Parvathi and used it to perform the Surasamharam at Tiruchendur.
Marudamalai Subramanya Swamy Temple
Dandayudhapani Swamy
Marudamalai (Coimbatore)
1200 CE[
It's here that The Devas approach Lord Murugan to seek his help in destroying Surapadman.
Kumarakkottam Subramanya Swamy Temple
Kumarakkottam (Kanchipuram)
Kachiappa Sivachariar wrote the sacred Kanda Puraanam at this temple. Also, Lord Murugan assumed the role of the Creator here, after improsining Lord Brahma for his ignorance of the meaning of the Pranava manthiram.
Valliyur Subramanya Swamy Temple
Aanantha Kalyana Subramanyar
Valliyur (Tirunelveli)
The Saravanappoigai in this temple was created by Lord Murugan at the request of Valli, his consort.
Vallakkottai Murugan Temple
Vallakkottai (Chennai)
The Murugan idol in this temple is the tallest in Tamil Nadu, at 7 ft.
Kanda Swamy Temple
Kanda Swamy
Tirupporur (Chennai)
1000 CE
After killing Surapadman at Tiruchendur, Lord Murugan killed the rest of the asuras here, at Tirupporur (literally, 'place of the sacred war')
Shanmuganathan Temple
Aarumaga Swamy
Viralimalai (Tiruchirappalli)
Sage Vasishtar and his wife Arundhathi pray Lord Murugan here to ward off their curses. The temple is also famous for the peacocks that are found in plenty here.
Mayilam Murugan Temple
Aarumaga Swamy.
Mayilam (Villupuram)
At the end of Surasamharam, one half of Surapadman assumed the form of the peacock here.
Vadapazhani Aandavar Temple
1875 CE
One of the famous temples built in the modern era, this temple had extensive patronage from the renowned devotee of Lord Murugan Arulmigu Kribanandha Variyar..
Sri Vetri Velayudhaswami Temple
Not Known but Reconstructed in 1999
Vetri Velyadhaswami appeared in front the great Tamil saint Agastiyar and helped him to perform his pooja Agastiyar.

Velyadhaswami temple is a model of Birla Mandir, with Golden Temple Car.
Arulmigu Subramanyaswamy Thirukovil
Sivanmalai, Kangayam,
One of the well known myths associated with Siva is his conquest of Tripuram – the three celestial cities which the Asuras (demons) had taken over, and wreaked havoc over them. The Devas (celestial gods) appealed to Siva for help and asked him to save them from the demons. Siva made mount Meru his bow, and Vasuki the serpent his bow-string and prepared to wage war against the Asuras. The very tip of Siva’s bow ( Mount Meru) fell on earth and that became Sivamalai according to legend. It is also known as Sakthimalai because Parvathi the goddess did penance once on this hill.
Arulmigu Balamurugan Temple

One of the two hill temples for Lord Muruga in Gobi, the other one being Pavazhamalai which is only 2 km away from Pachaimalai. Though this temple is very old, the structure has been built starting 1967.
Muthu Kumaraswamy Temple

The second hill temple for Lord Muruga in Gobi.
Siragiri Dandayudhapani

This hill is also called Sigaragiri, Pushpagiri and Siragiri and is located between Kangeyam and Perundurai. It is one of the most famous temples of Lord Muruga in Coimbatore district where Lord Arunagirinathar was blessed with "Padikasu", wealth of coins. This is where a miracle took place in the year 1984 on 12 February. On that eventful day two bullocks of their own accord pulled a bullock cart up the 1320 steps. Saravana Munivar wrote the most popular Chennimalai Sthalapuranam 700 years ago. Milk and curds are used as special offerings to Lord Muruga in Chennimalai and it is the general belief that curds do not become sour here.
Uthanda Velayudhasamy Thirukoil

The temple is located on a small hillock. This place is called Pon Uthiyur which is considered as a Sanjeevani Hill of the south.
Vattamalai Murugan Temple

This famous ancient temple dedicated to Muruga has the special distinction of being visited by the famous Saiva saint Arunagirinathar once. He eulogized the glory of the Lord and Kshetra in fine sweet verses. This hill temple enshrines the beautiful images of Murugan flanked by Valli and Devasena.

  • Kadan Nivarthi Sthalam
  • Panchabhootha Sthalangal
  • Pancha Sabha Sthalangal
  • The Ashta Veeratta shrines
  • Madurai Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple, Madurai
  • Nellaiappar Temple, Tirunelveli
  • Brihadeeshwara Temple at Thanjavur
  • Vaitheeshwaran Temple at Mayavaram
  • Jalakandeswarar Temple, inside the Vellore Fort, Vellore.
  • Kapaleeshwarar Temple at Chennai
  • Ramanathaswamy Temple at Rameshwaram
  • Jambukeshwarar Temple at Tirucharapalli
  • Arunachaleshwarar Temple at Thiruvannamalai
  • Nataraja Temple at Chidambaram
  • Thyagaraja Temple at Thiruvarur
  • Ekambaranathar Temple at Kancheepuram
  • Kanagagirieswarar Temple at Devikapuram
  • Thirumagaraleeswarar Temple at Kancheepuram
  • Virdhgiriswarar Temple at Vriddhachalam
  • Patteeswaran Temple at Kumbakonam
  • Amarapaneeswarar Temple at Pariyur, Gobichettipalayam
  • Visveswara Swamy Temple at Gobichettipalayam
  • Arudra Kabaleeswarar Temple at Erode Fort
  • Sangameswarar Temple at Bhavani
  • Natadreeswarar Temple inside Cauvery, near Erode
  • Magudeswarar Temple, Kodumudi, Erode
  • Naethraarppanaeswarar koil, Thiruveezhimizhalai]
  • Emaneswarar Temple, Emaneswaram at Paramakudi.
  • Agneeswarar koil, Thirukkaattuppalli
  • Brahmapureeswarar koil, Sirkaazhi
  • Sornapureeswarar koil, Azhagaarppuththoor
  • Sri Boominathalingeswarar Temple, Pathirakalipuram,Theni
  • Yoothikaa Paramaeswarar koil, Thirumullaivaasal ( South )
  • Thaayumaanavar koil, Thiruchy
  • Veerattaaneswarar koil, Korukkai
  • Koenaeswarar koil, Kudavaasal
  • Maeganaathar koil, Thirumeeyachur
  • Seshapureeswarar koil, ThirupPaamburam
  • Ligusaranyeswarar koil, Ponnur
  • Amirthakalasanaathar koil, Sakkottai
  • Hayavandheeswarar koil, Seeyaaththamangai
  • Maanikkavannar koil, Thirumarugal
  • Sookshmapureeswarar koil, Sirukudi
  • Uthraapatheeswarar koil,Thiruchchengaattaangudi
  • Uchiravanaesar koil,Vilanagar
  • Panchanadheeswarar koil, Thiruvaiyaru
  • Pasupatheeswarar koil, Aavoor
  • Agastheeswarar koil, Agasthiyampalli
  • Brammapureeswarar koil, Ambal
  • AmudhaGataeswarar koil, Kodikkarai
  • Kailasanathar temple, Kanchipuram
  • Sri Sundhareswarar and Goddess Sri Soundharaambigai temple, Kovur, Chennai
  • Vazhakarutheeswarar temple, Kanchipuram
  • Sri Gomathi Ambal Sametha Thiruvazhutheeswara Temple, Perungulam
  • Suguvaneshwarar temple, Salem
  • Kailashnathar temple, Tharamangalam, Salem
  • Sri Thanthondreeswarar Temple, Belur, Salem
  • Theerthagirieswarar temple,Theerthamalai, Dharmapuri
  • Sri Maragathambikai Sametha Chandrasoodeshwarar temple, Hosur
  • The Patteeswaran Temple at Perur, Coimbatore.
  • Anandeeswarar Temple at Perperyainkuppam, Panruti Taluk, Cuddalore

Temples of Lord Bhairava (Vairavar)

  • Bhairavar Temple, Vairavan Patti, Karaikudi
  • Bhairava Moorthi ( Bhairava Natha Moorthi) Temple, Morepalayam, Tiruchengodu
  • Bhairaveswarar Temple, Cholapuram, Kumbakonam
  • Kalabhairav Temple, Adhiyaman Kottai
  • Magudeswarar Temple, Kodumudi, Erode
  • Kala Bhairavar Temple, Achangulam, Pasuvanthanai Taluk
  • Sri Bhairavanathaswamy Temple, Thagattur

Temples of Lord Vishnu

  • Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam, Trichy
  • Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Vellore
  • Yoga Narasimha temple at Sholingur
  • Narasimha temple at Namakkal
  • Narasimha temple at Tindivanam
  • Yoga Narasimha temple at Velachery, Chennai
  • Uppiliappan Temple at Mayavaram
  • Chakrapani temple at Kumbakonam
  • Sarangapani temple at Kumbakonam
  • Ramaswamy temple at Kumbakonam
  • Oppliyappan Temple at Kumbakonam
  • Saranathan temple at Tirucherai, Kumbakonam
  • Adi Narayana Perumal Temple, Pariyur, Gobichettipalayam
  • Kripasamudra Perumal (Arulmakadal) temple at Mayavaram
  • Thanjai Mamani Koil, Thanjavur
  • Parimala Rangantha temple at Mayavaram
  • Ugra Narasimha temple at Singaperumal Koil
  • Ari Katha Rama temple at Maduranthakam, Chennai
  • Hayagreeva temple at Chettipunyam, Chennai
  • Hayagreeva temple at Cuddalore, Chennai
  • Varaha temple (Nithya kalyana Perumal) at Tiruvidanthai, Chennai
  • Varaha temple (Bhoovaraha) at Simushnam
  • Varadaraja Perumal Temple at Kancheepuram
  • The Parthasarathy Temple at Chennai
  • Kasthuri Ranganatha Perumal Temple at Erode Fort
  • Magudeswarar Temple, Kodumudi, Erode
  • Kongu Tirupati at Erode
  • The LakshmiNarasimhar Temple at Tindivanam
  • The Lakshmi Narayan temple at Pulikkundram near Thirukazhukundram
  • The Kesavaperumal Temple at Chennai
  • The Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple at Chennai
  • The Madhavaperumal Temple at Chennai
  • The Azhagar temple, Alagar Kovil, Madurai
  • The Koodalazhagar temple,Madurai
  • The Devaraja Swami temple at Cuddalore
  • Sri Mayakoothar Devasthanams, Perungulam, Tuticorin [Thoothukudi]
  • Kottai Alagiri Nathar temple, Salem
  • Pandurangan temple, Shevapet, Salem
  • Arulmegu sattur perumal swamy temple, Solavampalayam, Kinathukadavu, Pollachi, Coimbatore
  • Sri Rajagopalan Temple, Mannargudi
  • Sri Srinivasan Temple, Thannthoni Malai, Karur

Temples of Lord Anjaneyar


Temples of Amman

Following is a list of such ancient temples, with an indication on when and by whom they were built.

Cave Temples of Pandiyas

  • Kandan Kudaivarai - Muruga Temple, Madurai- Period: Pandiya
  • Seevaramudaiyar Kudaivarai - Shiva Temple, Pudukkottai- Period: Pandiya
  • Pathinen Bhoomi Vinnagaram - Pazhiyili Iswaram - Naarthamalai, Pudukkottai - Period: Muttaraiya
Shiva temple-Cave temple-Thirukokarnam-Pudukottai umayakali amman temple- mangalapatti- tirupur (dist)


Rockcut Monolith Temples of Pallavas


Structural Temples of Pallavas

  • Kailasanatha Temple - Kancheepuram Dt - Period: Pallava

Structural Temples of Vijayanagara

  • Kanagagiswarar Temple and Sri Periyanayagi amman Temple- Devikapuram Tiruvannamalai District - Period: Nayaka

Structural Temples of Cholas

Temples of The Navagrahams

The Navagraham cluster at Kumbakonam

Name of Temple
Name of Deity
Location (Travel Base)
Built around
Surya (Sun)
Suryanaar Kovil (Tanjavur)
1100 CE
This is the only Navagraham temple where the other eight grahams are also present. But, unlike the usual Navagraham arrangement, all other grahams face Surya here
Shukra (Venus)
Kanchanoor (Tanjavur)
600-800 CE
Also Read http://templesoftamilnadu.co.in/2010/02/kanjanur-sukran-sthalam/
Chandra (Moon)
Tingalur (Tanjavur)
Mangala (Mars)
vaitheeswaran kovil (nagapattinam)
600-800 CE

Tirunageswaram (thanjavur)
950 CE
This temple was built by Gandaraditya Chola, son of Parantaka Chola I  Also read  
Sani (Saturn)
Tirunallaru (nagapattinam)

Keezhperumpallam (nagapattinam)

Guru (Jupiter)
Alangudi (Thiruvarur)

Budha (Mercury)
Tiruvenkadu (nagapattinam)

Other Navagraham Temples

Name of Temple
Name of Deity
Location (Travel Base)
Built around
Kuchanuraan Temple, Sri Mayakoothar Devasthanams, Perungulam
Sani (Saturn)
Kuchanur (Madurai)
Lord Saneeswaran is the main deity in this temple, unlike other temples where he is worshipped either along with other Navagrahams or is worshipped from a shrine that is a part of a bigger temple
Saneeswarar Tirukkoil
Sani (Saturn)
Tirunaaraiyur a.k.a. Nachiarkoil (Tanjavur)
This temple is a part of the Sri Ramanathaswami Temple at Tirunaaraiyur. It's the only temple where Saneeswaran is worshipped along with his two wives Mandhadevi and Jyeshtadevi (also known as Neeladevi) and his two sons, Maandhi and Kuligan
Guru (Jupiter)
Thenkudi Thittai (Tanjavur)
Sage Vasishtar is said to have worshipped Lord Siva in this temple. Lord Guru is worshipped as Guru Bhagavan from a separate shrine here, unlike in Alangudi where he is worshipped as Dakshinamurthi.

Arulmigu Thiruvaleswarar Temple
Guru (Jupiter)
Thiruvalithayam a.k.a. Paadi (Chennai)
The temple legend says that Brahaspati, one of the planets in Solar System, had descended upon the Earth and worshipped Lord Shiva as per the counsel of Sage Markandeyar for the atonement of his sins and was ultimately freed off his blemish.
Arulmigu Jalanatheswarar Temple
Guru (Jupiter)
Thakkolam (Vellore)
876 A.D
The Temple legend says that Yoga Dakshinamoorthy in Thakkolam has His own glories. He has been portrayed in a sitting posture. One gets the feeling of taking to a living person while standing before this statue. Here all the lords are in (thavam) towards lord shiva. The guru looks like a mirror like affection according to our reaction. It is top most guru parigara temple in Tamil Nadu.

Navagraha Temples of Chennai

Chennai has its own set of Navagraha Temples located in and around Kundrathur
For detailed write up on these temple refer to page on Kundrathur

Other temples



108 Divya desams


Divya desams in Tamilnadu
Temples near Chennai: (Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram area)


Temples around river Cauvery: (Trichy, Kumbhakonam, Seergazhi area)

Temples near Madurai:
Temples near Tirunalveli:

Divyadesams in Kerala

Divyadesams above Tirupathi


Om Tat Sat

(My humble  salutations to the great devotees ,  wikisources  and Pilgrimage tourist guide for the collection )


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