Temples, Shrines and Ashrams in South India


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.

Arunachalaswara Temple and Tank

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.

More on temples can be found here, here, and here.

Temples, Shrines and Ashrams


Arunachaleswara Temple
Pachaiamman Koil
Adi Annamalai Temple
Pavala Kundru
Guhai Namasivaya Temple
Gurumurtam 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)

Shrines along the way: Between Tiruvannamalai and Tirukkoyilur
Arayaninallur Temple
Viratteswara Temple
Sri Gnanananda’s Thapovanam Ashram
Sacred Grove near Tirukkoyilur  


Mamallapuram – Ancient Rock Carvings

Madurai Area

Visiting Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple in Madurai
Bhuminatheswara Temple – A lesser known gem


Visiting Sri Sathya Sai Baba at Puttaparthi Ashram

Tamil Nadu

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.

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