Temples are considered to be an integral part of the Chennai district. The temples of Chennai district are rich in their tradition and architectural beauty. Colossal, swaying temples of Chennai district attract a large number of tourists, every year. Just not for religious fervor the temples of Chennai are also the peepholes into the splendor of culture, religion and architecture of Tamil Nadu.
The temples in Chennai district are of different architectural styles. One common thing about the temples is that, most of them have lofty towers and are also the torchbearers of the glorious heritage of Chennai. The artistry of the Chola and Pallava art adorns the temples in Chennai whilst reflecting the architectural splendor of the 9th Century AD. Lofty ideas, etched in stones and granite these temples in Chennai stand as the examples of the richness of the bygone days.
Celebrating religious festivals in the temples of Chennai district is common. This also supports in unfolding the past heritage of the Hindu religion. Some of the major festivals do not remain limited to a certain community, and people from any and every religion take part in these festivals. Several gods and goddesses are worshipped in various style in the temples of Chennai district. There are temples of Balaji, Sri Krishna, Lakshmi, Ganesh, Mahadev (Lord Shiva), Lord Vishnu in Chennai and many devotees on pilgrimage visit the temples of Chennai district, on a regular basis. All these temples in Chennai district were built during the first few centuries BC and some of them are even older. Some of the most notable temples of Chennai district are Parathasarathy Temple, Sri Vadapalani Andavar Temple, Kapaleeswarar Temple, Ashtalakshmi Temple, Kaligambal Temple, Ayyappan Temple, Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Marutheeswarar Temple, Thiruneermalai Vishnu Temple, Anjaneyaswami Temple, etc.