There is a wealth of places of spiritual significance throughout the globe. Whether in Europe, Asia or the Americas, you’ll be treated to an abundance of locale choice. Tamil Nadu, the eleventh largest state in India, is one of the most frequented pilgrimage locations in the world. With over 34,000 Hindu temples and a wealth of places of spiritual significance, Tamil Nadu is offers much for those undertaking a pilgrimage. Here are seven religious places that you must visit in Tamil Nadu.
A hut-like sanctum, Chidambaram is famed for having a gold-plated roof and towering gopurams. Such is the opulence of this site that many great kings of history were crowned here.
Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health
A Roman Catholic basilica which is devoted to our Lady of Good Health, this place of great religious significance is found in Velankanni. Devotion to the Lady of Good Health is set to have commenced in the 16th Century. It’s believed that the basilica was the location of three miracles.
The largest pilgrimage centre in Tamil Nadu, Palani is the site of the famed six abodes of Murugan. The temple has the highest number of visitors during the Poosam festival. It’s estimated that as many as seven million devotees enjoy a wealth of activities such as shaving their head and walking barefoot, showering their devotion to the deity.
San Thome Basilica
Located in Santhome, San Thome Basilica was constructed in the 16th Century by Portuguese explorers. The Basilica is the principal church of the Madras-Mylapore Catholic Archidiocese. San Thome Basilica is attached to a museum, hence has proven to be very popular with tourists.
Housing the Ranganathaswamy Temple, one of the most significant destinations of the Vaishvana community, Srirangam is the largest Hindu temple in the world. It covers 156 acres and features the tallest tower in the world, reaching 196 feet.
Perur Temple was constructed by Karikal Cholan over 1500 years ago and houses shrines to the presiding deity, Patteeswarar. Just seven kilometres from Coimbatore, Perur Temple has a wealth of shrines to admire and is the location of hundreds of visitors throughout the Panguni Uthiram festival which is celebrated in March each and every year.
These are six sites of religious significance that you can’t afford to miss in Tamil Nadu. Any pilgrimage to these sites would be more than welcomed for those seeking spiritual enlightenment.