Chennai is the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The city is located on the southeast coast of India and is home to more than 4.6 million people. The city was founded in the first half of the 17th century. The inhabitants of this region are open to strangers and let strangers experience their temples and the sounds and local dances that are played and performed in a temple. The city stands for vacationers but also for a touch of famous film sets and traffic chaos and beautiful beaches.
A city and its temples
The south of India is best known for its colorful Hindu temples. These temples literally attract strangers. It is above all the colorful stucco figure towers that attract the attention of tourists and are beautiful to look at. For strangers, at least on their second trip to India, they think: If you know one of the temple complexes, you know them all. But far from it. Each of the facilities is different and the people who can be found around the temple are also different everywhere. In Chennai, foreign tourists are practically animated to enter the temple complexes, to be amazed, but also to marvel at the sounds and local dances that take place around the square in front of the temple complexes.
Take off your shoes, see, be amazed and hear
It is common in Hinduism to take off your shoes before entering a temple. Then just open your eyes and mouth in amazement. If you visit in the late afternoon, you will hear sounds in your ears and you can watch local dances. In the late afternoon, the temple complexes become a spiritual place in the everyday life of the Indians. As a tourist, you should definitely take your time to soak up the atmosphere of the temple complex inside and the hustle and bustle outside the temple walls. The shopping streets and market streets around the temple complex are still lively in the district in the evenings. Other events and even concerts take place regularly on the streets in front of this temple complex. Above all, you can see the most famous Indian dance form – Bharatanatyam. The dance is of religious origin, which is why the performances also take place in front of the temple complex or even in the sacred halls of the temple. One temple complex that offers such events inside is the Kapaliswarar temple complex. The sounds are those of classical Indian music and cymbals. This music booms out of loudspeakers and thus reaches a large number of audiences. The solo dancers and small groups are also ni-ce to look at. These are members of a dance class at the local dance academy.