mosques   &  dargahs

Mosques are the places for the worship of the Muslims. The Chennai/Madras city is inhabited by quite a number of Muslims and over a period of time many Mosques developed in the Chennai city. There are many important Mosques in Chennai city. Makka Masjid is one of he important mosques in Chennai city. It can accommodate hundreds of worshippers at a time. Masjid Mamoor is another important mosque, sacred to Muslims of Mannady area in Chennai. It was first built in 18th century. The Grand Mosque, in Red Stone, was built by Nawab Wallajah and is an important Mosque of Chennai. Thousand Lights Mosque is situated in the heart of Chennai city. This is a beautiful cream-colored, multi-domed mosque with walls bearing recently- painted sayings from the Holy Koran.

Dargah is a Muslim shrine, the grave of a Muslim ascetic, where devotees burn incense and pray. Many of these Dargahs in Chennai are venerated and visited by people of different faiths. Some of the famous Dargahs of Chennai/Madras city are Anna Salai Dargah, Hazrat Baba Dargah, Mohammad Ismail Sahib, Qadri Baba Dargah and Thameem Ansari baba Dargah




Kapaleeswarar Temple ChennaiVisiting to temples can serve many purposes. It just depends on your preference. Like if you are curious to know about the ancient culture of Hindus you can visit temples. If you are give some spiritual touch to your tour then you can also visit the temple. Also if you want to understand ancient India with all its political, cultural principles then also you can tour to the temples. So if any of these topics are your interest then in your Chennai temple tour list you can add a visit to the Kapaleeswarar temple in Chennai

The Kapleeswarar temple is situated in Kutchery Road, Mylapore. Mylapore is located in the city of Madras. So you can tour to this temple either by auto rickshaw or 'call taxis' or the deluxe cabs. If you are hiring auto rickshaw, which is the cheapest mode of transport, you need to negotiate the fare carefully. The standard charge for auto rickshaws is Rs.8 for every kilometer you travel. The call taxis charge higher but they are very prompt service and they will pick you up from your doorstep. You can also tour by deluxe cabs. If you prefer you can drive the deluxe cabs yourself.

The Kapleeswarar temple is an emblem of Dravidian style and architecture. The notable feature of this structure is the 37-meter tall gopuram i.e. the pyramidical shaped temple top trying to touch the ultimate cool blue-sky surface which is spread all over the universe. As you enter the temple you can view a sculpture, which has an interesting story behind it. It is believed that a saint known as Gnanasambandar sung and brought a dead girl back to life.

The goddess Parvati is believed to be the wife of Shiva according to the Hindu religious belief. Here in this Kapaleeshwarar temple you can view goddess Parvati been depicted as peacock and she is worshipping the lingam or the idol of Lord Shiva. You can also see the bronze carvings of the 63-Shaivate saints, which are carried in procession during the Aruvathumoovar festival, which is held in March-April. In the courtyard of the temple there is a holy Punnai tree, which is one of the oldest trees of Chennai city.



Parthasarathy Temple ChennaiTo add some variety to your temple journey visit the Parthasarathy temple in Chennai. Though the common features of ancient temples are very much prevalent in this ancestral temple but it has some striking features, which makes the temple outstanding among others.

Journey to the Parthasarathy temple in Madras is very easy as it is situated in the heart of the Chennai city. Madras is the earlier name of the present Chennai city. Parthasarathy temple is in the Peter's Road, which is at Triplicane. You can visit this temple either by bus or auto rickshaw or by hired luxurious cabs. If you are going by auto rickshaw be careful about the fares. The standard charge for the auto rickshaws Rs. 8 for every kilometer you travel. Even if it is metered it is better to negotiate the fare first. The same concept applies for the luxurious cabs.

The Parthasarathy temple in Chennai has its origin back in 8th century. It was generally built by the Pallavas and later reformed by the Vijayanagar Kings during 11th century. The literal meaning of 'Parthasarathy' is the charioteer. According to the great Indian epic 'Mahabharata' 'Partha' meant Arjuna while sarathy is meant as charioteer. In the epic it is said during the great battle of Mahabharata Lord Krishna was the charioteer of Arjuna. In the epic Arjuna or partha was a brave warrior and Lord Krishna was a good friend, philosopher and guide to the Partha or Arjuna.

Though the Parthasarathy temple is devoted to the various incarnations of Lord Vishnu the main deity is 'Lord Krishna' one of the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Also the other exquisite feature of this Parthasarathy temple is the colored gopuram. 'Gopuram' is said to the pyramidical shaped temple top which is a stereotyped feature of the South Indian temples.


Adeeswar Temple

Your travel to Chennai should be a blend of all sights. It ranges from ancestral rich history to modern glamorous pubs and shopping malls. Here we are going to give you information on one such sight. Though it is spiritual but it is also necessary as travel tour are meant for relief to the body and soul from all the humdrums of daily life. In this section you will get details of a famous Jain temple in Madras.

Travelling to the Adeeshwar temple in Madras is not a tiring journey as it is only 9 km away from the Chennai city. Don't get confused by the names of Chennai and Madras. Madras is the earlier name of the present Chennai city. You can either travel by bus or auto rickshaw. If you prefer you can choose the deluxe coaches. Though the rates of deluxe coaches are higher you can drive yourself if you choose. While travelling by auto rickshaw be careful about the rates. Fix the rates first before you begin your travel. The standard charge is Rs.8 for every kilometer.

The Adeeswar temple is situated in Polal village, which is in the Grand Trunk Road i.e. the highway road connecting Chennai to its nearby states. The Polal village is been laid down near the Redhill Lake, which flows near the Polal village. It is believed that the temple was constructed in the first century B.C. According to the legends Valluvar who was staying in Mylapore at the early years of the A.D. century is a concentrated devotee of this principal god of Jains situated in the Adeeswar temple.

The principal shrine in this temple is the Rishabhadev, and the first Tirthankar of Jainism. During the earlier years the Polal village was flocked with the followers of Jainism and it was developing imme



If religious history is your interest then visit the Kandaswamy temple in Chennai. Visiting the Kandaswamy temple will not only give you a clear picture of the ancient religious history but also it will give some details on the political scenario of the ancient times.

The Kandaswamy temple is situated in Cheyyur, and the nearby town to Cheyyur is Madurantakam. Cheyyur is 29 kms away from Madurantakam. Reaching from Chennai previously called, as Madras to Cheyyur is quite interesting for travel-lovers. You can reach Kandaswamy temple in Cheyyur from Chennai either by bus, rail or road. The nearest railway station to Cheyyur is the Chenglepattu. And from there you can take either taxis or any other luxurious vehicle to Cheyyur. Also from Madurantakam, the nearby town towards Cheyyur you will get private cabs and frequent buses.

The origin of the village of Cheyyur where Kandaswamy temple is situated has an ancestral story. The village was built during the reign of Veera Rajendra Chola and Kulothungan-III. With the settlement of the village Cheyyur they built three temples among which the kandaswamy temple is the one. The other two temples are dedicated to Vanmikhanathar i.e. Lord Siva, and the other one to Perumal or (Kariya Manicka Perumal)

The Kandaswamy temple is in between the Shiva and Vishnu temples. Lord Kandaswamy or Shiva is the principal shrine of this temple. There are also the shrines of Lord Someswara, Goddess Meenakshi and Muthukumaraswamy, which is also called as Samharamurthy. There are also many other deities like the Vinayaka, Dakshinamurthy and Chandikeswara. You can also see the deity of Murga who is the other son of Lord Shiva. The Murga deity is been standing on five different positions. These five postures are called by distinct names like - Nrutta Skandar (dancing Muruga), Brahma Sastha (created from Brahma), Balaskandar (child Shanmuga), Sivagurunathar (as teacher to Siva) and Pulinthar (vedan hunter).

This Kandaswamy temple of Chennai is notable for the outsiders to visit because of the different figures standing in distinct postures. This temple has not only the depictions of deities, which is general feature in the temples. You can get the image of Kazhukundran who had made an artful creation of a temple car in 1521 A.D. It is used during the Skanda Sashti festival
nsely. Still now you can see the Vaishnavas at almost every corner of the village.

Vadapalani Temple

Speaking about the temples we would like to give you all the different types of temples situated in and around Chennai. It will help to make your travel list in and around Madras. Also after knowing all the information about the city you can decide the travel list and discuss it with the family members so that the tastes and preferences of the whole family is highlighted. In this section as we are speaking about temples so over here we will be giving you information about a famous temple of Chennai which is known as the Vadapalani temple.

Traveling to the Vadapalani temple is quite easy as it is situated in the Andavar Koil Street in Chennai. You can just hire any local transport like a luxurious cab, or a 'call taxi' or the cheap auto rickshaws. The auto rickshaws are quite troublesome in terms of the negotiation of fares. Even if they are metered it better to settle the fare first and then begin your travel. You can also hire an call taxi or the luxurious cabs and complete your Chennai city tour in a day. For hiring the call taxis you need to call and fix your travel-tour.

The main deity of the Vadapalani temple is Lord Muruga. This ancient temple has its origin some 125 years back and also it has an interesting history behind it. Primarily the Muruga deity resided in a humble thatched roof shed and the god was worshipped in the form of a painted picture. A humble worshipper of Muruga named as Annaswami Tambiran worshipped this painted picture of Muruga with the help of all his limited offerings.



Santhome Cathedral Basilica Chennai

Santhome Cathedral Basilica ChennaiEach religion goes to a particular place of worship. For example-: the Hindus visit the temple, the Muslims visit the mosque and the Christians to the church. But usually the non-Hindus or non-Muslims, or even non-Christians will have a peculiar type of curiosity towards the holy place of the other religion, as they don't visit them often. They are not quite acquainted to the atmosphere of that holy place. And if it has some historical facts buried in it then the curiosity doubles up.

Here we are going to speak about such a kind of holy place. The Santhome Cathedral Basilica Church in Chennai is a sacred place especially for the Catholic Christians. Touring to this Madras Santhome Cathedral Basilica church is pretty easy, as you will get auto rickshaws, 'call taxis' and even luxurious cabs. Auto rickshaws are the cheapest ones but bargain carefully before you get into one. The standard charge is Rs.8 for every kilometer. The call taxis are the cabs that you get on your doorstep at any time whenever you call them. They charge higher but they are very active in their service.

The name of Santhome Cathedral Basilica was derived from the name St. Thomas who is an archbishop of the Catholic Christians. St. Thomas who is a hard-core devotee of Jesus Christ was buried in this place and as a tribute to his soul a church has been built up in this southern part of Marina beach.

This church in Madras is been erected in accordance to the Gothic style of architecture. Also you can read the stained glass were the divine moment of St. Thomas's meeting with the resurrected Christ is been depicted. Some remains of the corpse and also a part of the St. Thomas's bone are been preserved in the crypt.

St. Mary's Church Chennai

St. Mary's Church ChennaiTo make your Madras trip exciting as well as informative visit this multi-purpose site. An exciting trip without any learning of that place is useless. After some years you are sure to forget it. While a trip full of scholarly learning and enlightenment is too boring. Plan your trip in such a way so that you will get a clear picture of the ancient history, the rich cultural heritage of India as a whole. Also the trip and the sightseeing places should suit your taste and preferences.

Here we will be giving you information about a church, which is situated in the fort St. George. A Trip to the fort St. George place is itself interesting as it has a vast history behind it. Also it can be a favorite hangout for the history-lovers. Trip to the St. Mary's Church in Madras is very easy as it is situated in the city itself. You can hire deluxe coaches, call taxis, which though rates higher, compared to the cheap auto rickshaws are quite comfortable and prompt in service. If you hiring the auto rickshaws be careful about the fares even if they are metered.

The St. Mary's Church has its own importance. It is also called as the Westminster Abbey of the East. It is one of the ancient buildings of Chennai and also it is the first Anglican Church in Asia. The church has been named as St. Mary because its origin was laid down on the Annunciation day of the Virgin Mary. It is believed that in this divine day the heavenly declaration of Jesus birth has been announced to Mother Mary.

The church was originally built by William Dixon and designed by Edward Fowle. It is a bomb-proofed carved structure, which has the finishing touch of polished lime. The building of St. Mary's church had some later additions like the Sanctuary, Steeple, Tower and the Vestry. Colonel Gent added the church top in 1795. The interior of the church is embellished with the wooden and glass furnishings. You are sure to be overwhelmed by the intricate painting of the Last Supper, which is drawn by an unknown artist.

Velankanni Church

Velankanni Church ChennaiThe picture of a person's mind when he is travelling to a particular place for the first time is quite different from the person who had already toured to the place. It is a general assumption that these both persons have different mental perspective. If you are visiting a place for the second time then the motive is just to relax, have fun and bring about some change from the regular daily routine life. But when you are visiting a place for the first time then you will be always curious to know about the lifestyle, cuture, and sociopolitical life of both the ancient and the present of that particular place.

Velankanni Church is located in Nagapattinam. You can travel to Nagapattinam by train, which you can catch from Tambaram station. It is an overnight journey. You can get into Tambaram station within 45 minutes from the Madras central. You can also travel to Nagapattinam by road hire any deluxe or 'call taxis'. These deluxe taxis offer the facility by which you can drive these cabs yourself. You can also hire the call taxis for which you need to call them up and fix your tour and also the charges of your tour. The standard charge of the private cabs is Rs.4.50 per kilometer or Rs.30 per hour. You can also tour to the Velankanni Church in Madras from Trichy and Thanjavur by rail. The distance of Nagapattinam from Madras or Chennai is about 350 kms. Chennai is the present name of the earlier Madras city.

Velankanni Church in Chennai is also called as the 'Mecca of the Christians'. The principal shrine of this Velankanni church is Mother Mary and she is also prayed and worshipped by the people as the Lady of Health. This church is also known as the 'Sacred Arogya Matha Church'. And though it is known as the 'Mecca of Christians' people of all different castes crowd in the feet of the Virgin Mary to receive her blessings.

Also the sight of Velankanni church is stunning with its sky-reaching towers. There is an interesting tradition, which the believers of the Lady of health follow. The person who is diseased offers his body part in the form of candle to Mother Mary. Like if a person has some problem in heart then he will present heart in the shape of a candle and if a person has some problem in liver then he will present the same form in wax. And when the diseased person is healed they offer the healed body parts made up either of gold or silver. The Velankanni Church in Madras also has a museum where all the offerings of the followers of the lady of health are displayed.


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