Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tamil Nadu, The Land of Temples

The state of Tamil Nadu has a history that dates back to several thousand years where the traditions and culture live in harmony. The state has plenty of monuments and temples that are ancient and each of them are artistic. It is better known as can 'The Land of Temples' for the number of temples that can be seen here built over its centuries. The architecture and design of these temple have seen a change across centuries. It is home to more than 30,000 temples with every one of them being an architectural gem.

Apart of temples there are various natural resources across the state. It has a long coastline that stretches nearly a 1000 kms. Golden sands of the beach are dotted with coconut palm and casuarina groves. In the hill stations of the state one can stroll through the clouds afloat, and admire the nature.

I had the pleasure of touring some of the cities of this beautiful state. I have covered in my various trips in the state: Vellore, Tanjore, Chidambaram, Kumbakonam, Chennai, Mamallapuram, Kancheepuram, Gangaikondacholapuram, Darasuram, Madurai, Trichi, Ooty, Kode. Come travel with me and enjoy.


68 comments:

Zuzana said...

Beautiful pictures and intriguing text - I sure would love to see those golden beaches.
I love the temple in the middle, to the far right. So majestic...
xoxo

V Rakesh said...

What a wonderful shift! I'm looking forward to your posts on Tamil Nadu!

joo said...

What a fantastic post again Rajesh!
Have a great day:)

Arasu said...

This beautiful collage wonderfully represents the temples of Tamilnadu. Nice work.

Tammie Lee said...

the land of temples, such an amazing place.

Sylvia K said...

Fantastic temples and palaces and gorgeous blue skies for a back drop! Doesn't get any better! Terrific, interesting post and photos as always, Rajesh! Have a lovely weekend!

Sylvia

EG Wow said...

Wonderful collage! I like being able to see so much at once. :)

Pixel said...

Awesome architecture and art...

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Pearl Maple said...

like your mosiac of temples, so many pretty details to appreciate, have a great weekend

Tricia said...

Those are all temples? There's so many! Wonderful shots

Steffi said...

Great set of photos and a very interesting post again!Thank you for sharing and have a nice weekend!

Carver said...

Sounds like a fascinating place to visit. You took some good shots of the impressive temples.

ewok1993 said...

you will never run out of temples to feature. and they are all precious.

Lorac said...

The artistry is wonderful to see! WEll done!

Riet said...

Just beautiful

Kim, USA said...

You've got a very fantastic temple collage here. Great shot!
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joshi daniel said...

wow! 30,000 is so much!!!

clairz said...

30,000 temples! That is just amazing. Thank you for your Skywatch posts--I always learn something.

Jossie said...

The temples are really beautiful. The sculptures and carvings are amazing.

Mama Zen said...

Stunning images!

Jacob said...

I will travel with you and I will enjoy it! 30,000 temples! That's quite incredible. I do like the sound of those sandy beaches, too!

A very nice temple collage!

Laura said...

So beautiful. Thank you for taking me with you!

Kay L. Davies said...

A beautiful collage, Rajesh.

Kay, Alberta

eden said...

Amazing buildings. Love your collage. Have a great weekend.

rhoen said...

nice series, rajesh! how are you? happy skywatching!

Smalltown RN said...

those are amazing temple...thank you for the explanation and information about them....very nice

Nalini Hebbar said...

Lovely State with wonderful forests too!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

30,000 temples!! Are you going to go to all of them?

What a culture!

Life Ramblings said...

very interesting post and love the mosaic.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful mosaic Rajesh! That blue inset in the middle is lovely. What a marvelous place this must be.

lotusleaf said...

Beautiful collage of photos. I recently went to Tiruchendur in Tamil Nadu, with its ancient shore temple.

Indrani said...

You have created a wonderful collage.

Rossel said...

beautiful architectures. look very historical.
my entry is here...
http://www.topicsonearth.com/2010/10/zipline.html

have a great weekend!

Sashindoubutsu said...

That's a wonderful collection of temple photos. Very explicit in architecture indeed. Something you can really be proud of.

ladyfi said...

The land of temples - what a lovely way to describe this state! Lovely mosaic too.

YOSEE said...

A temple at every step ! Thats TN !

I love Darasuram and Gangaikondachozhapuram for their majesty and artistic excellence. Though Kanchi's Kailasanatharkovil is my all time favourite.

Viola said...

A wonderful collage you've mde here! I wish the world colul be like it was thousands years ago, different people living in peace and harmony..
Lovely! :) Have a nice day!

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful mosaic of the temples. I would love to see the beaches too. Happy skywatching.

Lakshmi said...

nice collage - i really like the temples of Tamil Nadu

Ash said...

I've been lucky enough to visit a few temples in Tamil Nadu. They're awesome!!

jabblog said...

I love the thought of strolling through the clouds - wonderful :-)

Mridula said...

A lovely set of pictures. Sadly I have explored very little of TN.

George said...

This is a beautiful mosaic. I really like that temple on the island. I hope you will share more pictures of this area. It sounds beautiful in many different ways.

Pietro said...

30.000 temples, it's fantastic!
The collage is very nice, Rajesh!

Carol said...

Beautiful collage. I would love to see these temples; they sure are architectural gems!

BraCom (Bram) said...

Beautiful SkyWatch posting!
thank you for sharing this beautiful photo work


Happy SWF! Have a good weekend,

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SandyCarlson said...

A place so rich in temples filled with such detailed, intense beauty must be an intensely spiritual experience.

José Ramón said...

I love this blog great weekend
Greetings from
Creativity and imagination photos of José Ramón

alicesg said...

Seems like there are a lot of temples in India. Very rich culture and the temples are so beautifully designed. Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend.

kavita said...

Beautiful collage !Would love to revisit Tamilnadu ,this time with kids.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

What a great old architecture!

raji said...

@sm ,hi ..nice post.you could have posted individual pictures ..we readers love watching the pictures of the beautiful temples.

Anna said...

I am always impressed how much you can talk about India. Beautiful country with a rich history. Thanks for sharing, I will definitely put on my travel list, hopefully I will be make it one day. Anna :)

Sharodindu said...

very nice post with beautiful pics and lines... I always thank you for sharing these lovely posts with us :)

Linda said...

What an amazing number of temples. Will look forward to seeing more.

Jeevan said...

wow... come one. looking forward to view our state from your eye sight and stories. I'm leaving to one such splendor tomorrow - the big temple, Thanjavur.

roughterrain crane said...

Fantastic architecture!

Joe Todd said...

Another great post. One can almost feel the spirituality

Dishesdone said...

Beautiful,the Temples are so interesting! Such grandeur!

Francisca said...

I would love to retrace your steps one day, Rajesh. What a wonderful montage of stunning temples.

Vee said...

Wonderful architecture and incredible statuary. What a rich heritage to enjoy!

TYRA said...

Great!!I've been to one of those temples a few years ago and now when I look at you lovely collage I can almost hear the sounds and smell the scents of sandelwood./ Tyra

Fragrant and Tasty in Tyra’s Garden

Costea Andrea Mihai said...

superb collage!! thank's for share us! best regards

Rajesh said...

Thanks to all for the nice words. I shall try to cover them in some more detail.

NIDHI said...

wow ......I am sure that by reading this Blog people will start planning for a temple tour in Tamilnadu. Thank you for this adventurous information.

Pratibha The Talent said...

beautiful collage of temples.

Mohinee said...

Simply beautiful!

Rajesh said...

Thanks to all for appreciating this beautiful places.