South India is packed with ancient temples. These temples are representing the cultural, architectural and historical importance and richness of it. Among all these temples Navgraha temples are bit different, see how.
Navgraha Temple Tour – Guruvayoor Temple-Meenakshi Temple, Kanchipuram Temple
South India is famous for its ancient temples and especially the southern state of Tamilnadu has a number of these temples that are visited by lacs of devotees throughout the year. The temple tour of South India allows you to experience the rich architecture and temple culture that has flourished in South India for many centuries. The present condition of these temples is proof of the excellent engineering practiced in India centuries ago. The temple tour of South India is incomplete without Navagraha Temple tour located in Tamilnadu within the radius of 65 Kilometers of Kumbakonam town. The cluster of Navgraha Temples consists of nine temples representing each planet and the names of the temples are derived from the name of the planets.
Navgraha Temples were made by the Chola Dynasty during their rule in Tamilnadu and each one of the Navgraha Temple is located in a different village. Suryanaar temple is dedicated to Sun, Tingaloor Kailashnathar is associated with Moon, Vaitheeswaran Kovil with Mangal, Thiruvenkadu with Budha, Alangudi with Guru, Kanjanur with Shukra, Thirunallar with Shani, Thirunageswaram with Rahu and Keezhperumpallan with Ketu. A lot of people in India believe that the movement of the Navgraha or the nine planets could give harmony or misery to an individual depending on its movement and therefore there is a huge importance of these temples.
Tamilnadu is also a place of many other important temples apart from the Navgraha temples and one of the most important is Meenakshi temple located in the south side of river Vaigai in the temple town of Madurai in Tamilnadu. This temple is of great significance for the Hindu and is dedicated to Parwati also known as Meenakshi and Shiva. The annual ten day Meenakshi Tirukalyanam festival during the month of April – May attracts more than one million visitors.
Kanchipuram is another temple city famous for its temples and silk sarees. Kanchipuram is also referred to as “City of 1000 Temples”. Kanchipuram Temples include Varadharaja Perumal Temple of lord Vishnu and Ekambarnatha Temple of lord Shiva. Kanchipuram is one of the oldest city of South India and was capital of the Pallava Dynasty during which most of these famous temples were built. Kanchipuram is one of the seven sacred cities of India and visited by millions of visitors every year.
Apart from Tamilnadu, other southern states of India also have temples of great importance. The Guruvayur Temple located in the town of Guruvayur in Thrissur district of Kerala is an extremely important place of worship for the Hindus. Guruvayoor Temple is dedicated to lord Krishna and is often referred as Dwarka of South India. The vedic traditions being followed here with perfection and sincerity for pooja routines is the hallmark of Guruvayur temple.