About DreamTemples

Hi and Welcome!

I’m Sheela and I live in Salem in Tamil Nadu, India. Dream Temples is my site on temples and travel in Tamil Nadu. 

The Land of temples – Tamil Nadu

The State of Tamil Nadu is home to thousands of Hindu temples. In this beautiful land of temples, temples are not just monuments, but a way of life and the rich culture of Tamil Nadu is tied up with the countless temples found here.Travel in Tamil Nadu is not complete without visiting some of its amazing temples!

Amazing architecture, breathtaking sculptures and a long unbroken history sometimes of two thousand years or more, rituals that have been followed unchanged for hundreds of years, you can find all this and more when you visit our temples. 

While travelling  anywhere in Tamil Nadu, invariably one comes across so many of these beautiful temples. Some are really big, some are small. But they all are fascinating!

Travel in Tamil Nadu and Village Deities

Then again, along village roads you might see brightly colored giant Muniappan or Ayyanar idols out in the open countryside! They are usually seen just outside a village and are believed to guard the village at night.

Every village and town also has temples for Mariamman, Ellai pidari and other goddesses who guard and protect villages from disease and a host of afflictions that affect normal life.

Visiting Temples

Visiting temples can be a very pleasant experience. A visitor can expect to see a  procession of the temple deities to the accompaniment of traditional vadhyams or musical instruments during special occasions, a dance recital, or a Thevaram or Divya prapandam hymn recital. Even small temples and way-side shrines have a compelling charm.

Dream temples

This site is about  the temples that I visit – both well-known  and little known and also about some holiday destinations in and around Tamil Nadu as I visit them! Here, you will also find posts about  local festivals, temple rituals and  history. I hope you will enjoy reading about them!

Knowing your Temple

It is always interesting to know about the temples you visit because each one has a story to tell. When you visit temples you can ask the priests to tell you about the temples..they will usually tell you the temples’ history and any other relevant details. The role of the priests is something admirable. Many are old, and most work on a meager income amid a paucity of funds,but the temples they serve with such faith and love are clean, sparkling places of worship. 

I hope you find my posts are useful when you plan your travel in Tamil Nadu.

You can also contact me at sheela.dreamtemples@gmail.com

Thanks for stopping by!

Sheela

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17 thoughts on “About DreamTemples”

  1. Hi,
    A fantastic blog u have, i was amazed with the pictures and the detailed description of every temple, with the sthalapuranas. I visit a lot of temples and always curious with the legends and history of every temple i visit.
    I once drove for 3000kms, covering the panchabhutha sthalas, arupadai veedus, navagraha temples and tirupati. I have made navagraha trip thrice.
    As i am reading your blog, i covered the namakkal, rasipuram, kollimalai temples, i drove through the breathtaking 70 harpin bends in my honda mobilio. Then we went to vilangulam Akshayapureeshwarar temple, from there we went to palani and back enroute to bangalore stopped at tiruchengode ardhanareeshwarar temple. Excellent write ups. Keep up the good job. If you have a write up on Akshayapureeshwarar temple, please send it.

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    1. Hi Kavitha,
      I am amazed to hear about the number of temples you have visited and also the distance you have travelled! 3000 kms in one trip, Wow!
      I enjoy my visits to temples a lot and I’m really happy that you visited the Namakkal, Rasipuram, Kollimalai temples and Tiruchengode Ardhanareeswarar temple. Its wonderful to know that my posts inspired your visit to these temples and that you enjoyed taking the 70 hairpin bends in Kollimalai! I have not visited the Akshayapureeswarar temple so far, but hope I will one day.
      Thanks very much for reading my blog and for the feedback. I feel encouraged to write about more temples.

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  2. Since my contact and subsequent initiation by Swami Pranavananda in the Kolli Hills I have delved more deeply into Tamil traditions and the spiritual heritage. In spring 2016 I spent 10 days in and around Tiruvannamalai and found so many amazing people and places.. Next time who knows where Lord Shiva will direct me, but finding sites such as yours shows me some of the many possibilities. An excellent site – Swami Shantananda Brahmendra Avadhuta, UK

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    1. Thank you for reading Swamiji. The age old traditions of Tamil Nadu are very rich and fascinating as is the fact that even today they are faithfully observed with very little changes.
      Lord Siva will definitely guide you on your path.

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  3. I loved your blogs, and I completely agree with you about Temples of Tamil Nadu. Have you been to Vaduvur Kothandraman temple, in Manargudi District? If not, I wish you visit the temple , it is a small temple, not very old, but there is something peaceful about the temple.

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    1. Hi! Thank you for checking out my blog. I’m so glad I found your blog which is very nice,very honest. I will definitely visit Vaduvur Kothandaraman temple when I have opportunity to do so. Thank you for telling me about this temple.

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  4. There are very few blogs detailing temples. I also blog about temples,though only the ones falling certain parameter. It is essential that these temples must be very old and must have some unique element to attract a person – history, architecture, legacy, following etc.
    It’s great to stumble upon your blog….keep writing!

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