In all of India, particularly in South India where we live, temples, shrines and ashrams are common. Every town, even the smallest village, has at least one. Some are ancient, with roots over 2000 years. Some are more recent, being built within the last 100 years. The earliest temples are cut from rock, and date back to a few hundred years BCE. Ancient temples date to early CE, as exemplified by those found at Mamallapuram. Some, like Arunachaleswara Temple in Tiruvannamalai, were celebrated by Tamil poets in the first century CE. Long before these, there were shrines with simple rock lingams and a Siva trident (Trishul). These ‘primitive’ shrines are still seen today.
We have visited only a few temples and shrines so far, and have made blog entries for only some of them, ones that we felt were significant for one reason or another, especially if there was an association with Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi. This posting gives an easy way to navigate to these postings and for you to join us on our visits to these sacred spots.
Temples, Shrines and Ashrams
Adi Annamalai Temple
Guhai Namasivaya Temple
Naga Shrine near the Inner Path
Madurai Veeran Koil – On East Side of Arunachala
Murugan Shrine Atop Virukkal Hill, Tiruvannamalai
Tirukkoyilur (20 KM South of Tiruvannamalai)
Trip to Chitambaram Temple from Tiruvannamalai
Brihadisvara Temple in Thanjavur (Tanjore)
Velankanni Church – The Lourdes of the East
Trichy’s famous “Rock Fort” Temple – Tamil Nadu, India
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Trichy
I will update this post from time to time.