the Tevara Paadal Petra Stalangal - 275
shrines glorified by the Tamil hymns of the Nayanmars around 1300 years ago.
||Regionwise index of
275 Tevara Paadal Petra Stalangal -
(revered by the Tevaram hymns of the past millennium) with detailed information on
history, legends, architecture, festivals and more.
|The crowning glory of the
historic city of Madurai in Tamilnadu is the sprawling Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple.
Madurai is one of the most ancient heritage sites truly reflective
of the cultural ethos of India
||The Tyagaraja temple at Tiruvarur is
one of the ancient heritage sites of India and is a representation of the
religio-socio-cultural history of the Tamil region for a time period
spanning a millennium and a half.
||In its antiquity, richness
in terms of worship & festival traditions, in architectural & sculptural
splendour, in its association with music & dance, Chidambaram
is a center second to none in representing the rich cultural
heritage of India.
|The temple town of Tiruvannamalai is
home to the Arunachaleswarar temple, rich in history, tradition and architectural
||Kanchipuram near Chennai is a city of
temples. The Ekambreswarar temple known as the Prithvi stalam is located here.
|All about Shiva, Significance
of the Shivalingam, Origin of Shivalinga worship, Iconic representations of Shiva.
||Complete details on the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva held in
reverence throughout the Indian subcontinent.
||Panchabhoota Stalams: Shiva is
worshipped as the embodiment of the primary elements of wind, water, fire,
earth and space at Kalahasti, Jambukeswaram, Arunachalam,
Kanchipuram and Chidambaram.
|The five Cosmic
Dance Halls of Shiva are Chidambaram,
Kutralam and Tiruvalankadu - the halls of gold, silver,
copper, pictures and rubies respectively.
||The Ashta Veeratta
shrines, are eight temples celebrating the destruction of evil by Shiva and are
located at Tiruvatikai, Tirukkadavur,
Tirukkurukkai, Tirutturutti, Tirukkovilur, Vazhuvur, Tiruvirkudi and Tirukkandiyur.
shrines of Shiva enshrine Somaskanda - Tyagaraja
at Tiruvarur, Tirukkuvalai, Tiruvaimur, Tirukkaaraayil,
Tirumaraikkadu, Tirunallar and Nagappattinam.
temple at Tirumayilai
(Mylapore) in Chennai is a clear illustration of the coexistence of tradition in all its
grandeur with the hustle and bustle of life in a major meteropolis.
||Tiruvanmyur a southern suburb of Chennai, Tiruvotryur to the north of Chennai and Tirukkachur near Chingleput are 3 shrines to Tyagaraja
revered by the 1st millennium Tevaram hymns.
|The hill temple at Tirukkalunkunram (revered by the 1st
millennium Tevaram hymns) near Mahabalipuram is an ancient one rich in history and
||Vaikom, Ettumanoor and Kaduthurutti are three Shiva
temples in the vicinity of Kottayam, said to have been worshipped by Kharan and
and Tiruvenneinallur are closely
associated with the Tevaram saints Sambandar, Appar and Sundarar
||Tiruchengode near Salem and Erode - Tamilnadu
enshrines the Ardhanareeswarar (man-woman) manifestation of Shiva.
||The Chola monuments
at Thanjavur, Gangaikonda Cholapuram, Daarasuram and Tribhuvanam came
into being after the period of the Nayanmars.
|The early rock cut
Shiva temple at Elephanta
near Mumbai features the imposing Trimurthy Shiva image.
||The rock cut
monolithic temple of Kailasanatha
at Ellora is a monument dating back to the 6th century CE.
temple at Tiruvaiyaru is an imposing
temple complex hailed as Dakshina Kailasam.
||Eight of the nine Navagraha stalams in
Tamilnadu are temples dedicated to Shiva; 7 of which are associated with the Bhakti
movement of the 1st millennium.
associated with the life of Manikkavacagar
- the saint poet of the 1st millennium CE.
|Amarnath located in the state of Kashmir
is reached after an arduous trek through the Himalayas.
||The foremost of the Panchalinga
shrines in Karnataka is the
Vaidyeshwara temple at Talakkadu near Mysore.
|Kedarnath in the lofty Himalayas is a
hoary shrine held in reverence throughout the subcontinent.
||Sree Sailam is the best known Shivastalam in Andhra
Pradesh. Bordering it is the town of Alampur
housing the ancient Navabhramma temples.
||Rameswaram in Tamilnadu enshrines
Ramanatha, and is associated with legends from the Ramayana.
|Visit Saivite shrines in
Tamilnadu celebrating the manifestation of Shiva as Dakshinamurthy.
||Draksharamam is one of the five Arama
shrines in Andhra Pradesh, enshrining Shiva related through related legends.
||Tirupparamkunram near Madurai is one of
the Arupadai Veedu shrines of Tamilnadu and is an ancient Shivastalam revered by the
Tevaram hymns of the 1st millennium.
|Tiruvidaimarudur near Kumbhakonam is home
to an imposing temple complex dedicated to Mahalingeswarar.
in Tamilnadu is the seat of the Mahamakam festival and is home to three major Shivastalams
- Kudandai Kaaronam, Kudamookku and Kudandai Keezhkottam.
|The Somnath temple at Veraval in Gujarat
is an ancient shrine, revered as one of the 12 Jyotir LInga shrines of India.
||The Virupaksha temple at Hampi in Karnataka
had its glorious days during the period of the Vijayanagar empire.
||Halebidu - a
sculptors dream lived in stone. The Hoysaleswara
temple in Halebidu is a masterpiece of Hoysala architecture and sculpture.
|Mukhalingam - the
ancient capital of the Kalingas in Andhra Pradesh houses three exquisite temples built in the Orissa style of
||The Lingaraja temple at Bhubaneshwar
in Orissa is colossal monument dating back to the 10th century CE.
|Bhimashankar and Tryambakeshwar are two of the Jyotirlinga
shrines in the state of Maharashtra.
temple at Gaya Shiva - is
enshrined in the ancient town of Gaya known primarily for its shrine to Vishnu
||India's foremost pilgrimage
center Benares houses the Vishwanatha
temple enshrining one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva.
|The Umananda Temple at Bhasmachala or the hill
of ashes near Guwahati in Assam is said to symbolize the site where Shiva burnt Kaama the
God of desire to ashes.
||The Ekteswar temple near Bankura is a unique
one enshrining Ekapaada Murthy - a manifestation of Shiva.