Nowhere else in the known universe have the elements of nature, man and belief come together to create such magnificent monuments that are home to a Million Gods as in India. More so in South India and even more so in the land of the mighty Pallavas, Cheras, Cholas and Pandyas that we today call Tamilnadu. Glory be to the common man who sacrificed sweat, blood and life to build these grandiose Tamilnadu Temples that have withstood the ravages of time, nature and man himself.
The MillionGods Project has been started with initial funding by A.Surendranath Arya. The Project is an effort to list and document Tamilnadu Temples including all the 32 districts of Tamilnadu. To make this possible we are constantly in search of information relating to Tamilnadu Temples from every nook and corner of the state. We request the support of our audience in terms of information that can help us in making this mammoth task possible. Our approach is focused on a worldwide audience and we try our best to provide the information in a format that is easy to read and relate to with unformity from page to page. The categories are standardized into: (1) Paadal Petra Sthalams (temples that have been praised by the three great saints of Saivism – Thirugnanasambandar, Thirunavukkarasar and Sundarar), (2) 108 Divya Desam Temples (temple that have been praised by the 12 Azhwars of Vaishnavism), (3) Saivite (Shiva temples which are older than about 300-500 years), (4) Vaishnavite (Vishnu temples which are older than about 300-500 years), (5) Others (Vinayaka, Murugan, Amman and other shrines which are old).
Documenting Tamilnadu Temples is an ongoing effort and we are constantly travelling and updating this website. Our well-wishers who come across additional information and errors in our website are requested to help us by informing us. We do not include photographs from others in our website, however rare, old and vintage pictures of temples will be welcome, provided copyrights and such statutory requirements are in order and complied with.
We welcome articles, travelogues and experiences from our audiences in the form of links to their specific blogs or exclusive essays written for us which will appear in the Articles page. While we cannot pay for such contributions we will definitely provide due credit to the contributors.
Several sources have been useful in getting information regarding Tamilnadu Temples to us including books, periodicals, sthala puranas, websites and word of mouth information from temple priests. We have tried our best to acknowledge all of them in the References section.
Tamilnadu Temples have their own set of words, terms and meanings which have been addressed in the Glossary section. This section is also constantly updated and you can feel free to contribute to this important dictionary of temples.
We are also engaging with passionate people, again not on a paid basis, to make short films on Tamilnadu Temples that can be featured in our website. You will get credit, of course.
We request all like-minded people to support us with information and feedback on Tamilnadu Temples to take this noble cause to the next level in terms of information dissemination.
If you are using some of our pictures in your online initiatives, please note that all photographs of Tamilnadu Temples published in this website are subject to copyright and should not be used without permission. If you require high resolution raw/jpg images for printing and other high resolution requirements on a nominal fee, please contact us.
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