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Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple

It would be no exaggeration to state that Madurai is a true representation of the cultural ethos of India, and of the grandeur of Indian art. Central to this standing is the sprawling Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple.

The plurality of faiths centered around the Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple, the splendour of its festival traditions, the invocation of events from the 1st millennium CE in its festival traditions (as in the enactment of the Tiruvilayadal Puranam), the association with the Golden age of Tamil literature - the Sangam period, the abundance of literature associated with the temple, the wealth of sculpture seen in the temple, the popularity of the temple in terms of the number of visitors etc. contribute to this standing.

The literature of the pre Christian Sangam period speaks of Madurai. The devotional hymns of the Nayanmars venerate Somasundarar - or Aalavaayan of Madurai. The Haalaasya Mahatmyam or the Tiruvilayadal Puranam speak of the various legends associated with Shiva, which still form a part of the festival traditions of this temple. More Details...

Azhagar Kovil
Here ' Vishnu ' presides as Meenakshi's brother ' Azhgar '. During the Chitrai festival in April/May, when the celestial marriage of Meenakshi to Sundareswarar is celebrated, Azhagar travels to Madurai. A gold processional icon called the Sundararajar is carried by devotees in procession from Azhagar Kovil to Madurai for wedding ritual.

Palamudhirsolai , one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya is on the same hill, about 4 kms. above. A natural spring called Nuburagangai where pilgrims bath, is located here.
Azhagar Kovil is Located 21 kms. northwest of Madurai is a Vishnu Temple on a picturesque wooded hill.

Mariamman Tank
This festival takes place in january/Febraury in the Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam. A Specially constructed raft decorated with flowers and lights carries the deities around the tank. More Details...

Thirupparankundram
It is a cave temple . Here Lord Muruga was wedded to Devayanai, daughter of Indra, after annihilating Surapadman.
In the temple there are separate shrines dedicated to Shiva, Ganapathy, Durgai, Vishnu and other deities. More Details...

Gandhi Museum

The Gandhi Memorial Museum is one of the distinct places to be visited in Madurai.
This Musuem is one of the rare living Memorial of "The Father of India".

Thirumalai Nayak Palace
This Palace was built in 1636 by King Thirumalai Nayak with the help of an Italian Architect. The building we see today was the main Palace where the King lived. The original Palace Complex was four times bigger than the present structure. This palace consisted mainly of two parts, namely Swargavilasa and Rangavilasa. More Details...

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