The Temple of Karaikal Ammaiyar is dedicated to Karaikal Ammaiyar, one of the three women amongst the 63 Nayanmars. She was born at Karaikal and lived during the 6th century. She was a great devotee of Lord Shiva.
The gigantic and great looking Big Mosque in Karaikal is a serene place of worship among the Muslims.
This is one of the architectural beauty of the french culture. Our Lady of Love is standing impressively at Church Street in Karaikal. It was built by the french in 1739.
Tirunallar Saniswaran Temple or Dharbaranyeswarar Temple is dedicated to Lord Sani (Saturn) is located in Tirunallar in Karaikal district. The presiding deity is Lord Shiva, Dharbaranyeswar and the place Tirunallar was historically called Dharbaranyam. It is one of the Navagraha temples.
Nagore is located approximately 12 kms to the south of Karaikal. Nagore Dargah -also Hazrat Syed Shahul Hameed Dargah, is built over the tomb of the Sufi saint Hazrath Shahul Hameed ( 1490 - 1579 ce ). There are five minarets with the hindu Maratha ruler of Thanjavur, Pratap Singh ( 1739 - 1763 CE ) building the tallest minarets. The most prominent event celebrated at Nagore is the Kanduri festival, a fourteen day commemoration of the death anniversary of Shahul Hameed.
Shirine Basilica of Our Lady of Health in Vailankanni is situated 26 kms to the south of Karaikal. Vailankanni was part of the parish of Nagapattinam but was raised to the status of an independant parish in 1771. Vailankanni is fondly known as the "Lourdes of the East". A grand festival is celebrated from August 29 to September 8 every year.
Tranquebar or Tharangambadi was ruled by the Cholas and Pandyas and the Danish East India Company built The Dansborg Fort in 1620. Protestant missionaries Bartholomaus Zieganbalg and Heinreich Pluetschau opened the first printing press of India. Entry to the town is through the 200 year old Town Gate built with a Danish allure.
Amirthaghateswarar Abhirami Temple is dedicated to the god Shiva in his manifestation as Kalantaka ( Sanskrit : " Destroyer of Death " ) and his wife Parvathi in her form as Abhirami ( Sanskrit : " Lovely One ")located in Thirukkadaiyur, 25 kms to the north of Karaikal. This temple is particularly associated with Shiva saving his devotee Markandeya from death and the tale of saint Abhirami Pattar, a devotee of the presiding goddess.
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