San Thome Church
The history of this church is fascinating. It was built in the 16th century by Portuguese explorers over the tomb of St. Thomas, an apostle of Jesus. But in 1893, it was rebuilt by the British with the status of a cathedral. The neo-gothic style of architecture is something not witnessed easily these days, which makes this one a luxury to the catholics in Chennai and all over.
Nanganallur Hanuman Temple : To all those Hanuman fans out there who throng to him asking for favours before an exam and bribing him with all sorts of promises, this area is the place to be. Connected by train, get down at Palavanthangal station and walk for a kilometer or so to find yourself in the most homely of temples in the city. Hanuman stands 32 feet tall, carved from a single granite stone surrounded by other small deities. Nanganallur is often referred to as the 'Temple town of Chennai'; hosting several varieties of temples from Raghavendra Mutt to Ayyappan temple. But the star of the show is our very own Hanuman. Visit during weekends for minimal crowds enabling a peaceful darshan.
Sri Parthasarathy Temple
Triplicane Paarthasaarathy Temple : Triplicane is a populated area located near North Chennai. The whole surrounding eminates religion and tradition as the residents of this area are mainly age-old residents of Chennai who are now well into their 50's and 60's. Parthasaarathy refers to Lord Krishna, who drove Arjuna to victory in the war of Mahabharata against the Kauravas. The deity is adorned with jewels and a diamond encrusted 'Naamam' (a symbol on the forehead) which glows bright even in the dark. Connected by MRTS train, get down at Thiruvallikeni station to visit this temple.
Ananthaa Padmanabha Swaamy Temple
Adyar Ananthapadmanabha Temple : The temple is situated on Gandhi Road, Adyar. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu depicted in a sleeping position with a lotus blooming from his belly button that seats Lord Brahma. The temple is built in a Malayali style as it is inspired by the Ananthapadmanabha temple in Thiruvanthapuram, Kerala. It is the perfect atmosphere for meditation and worship. Visit if you prefer peace and serenity while you worship the lord surrounded by thousands of lamps.
Vadapalani Murugan Temple
Vadapalani Murugan Temple : Situated in one of the city's busiest roads, it literally takes up the center of the city with connectivity to the area being rampant; trains, buses and autos, you'll find them all here. 'Murugan' who is more commonly known as 'Karthikeyan' is the second son of Lord Shiva. He is known as the lord of beauty and knowledge. The temple is pretty much crowded all the time so pick your favorite time to worship the lord and make your way to the temple. Be sure to purchase the 'panchamurtham' (a sweet dish containing cashews, dates and bananas).
Also known as the Arulmigu Kapaleeswarar Temple, this is located in the Mylapore District of Chennai. This temple is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva who is worshipped here in the form of Kapaleeswarar. The temple is built in the typical Dravidian type of architecture with gopurams and carvings. As usual the idol is placed inside what is called the inner temple or garbagriha or the sanctum sanctorum. The temple dates back to the 7th Century and was built during the short rule of the Tuluva Dynasty. The lord here is wprshipped along with his consort Goddess Parvathi.