Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple
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
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
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
Azhagar Kovil is Located 21 kms. northwest of Madurai
is a Vishnu Temple on a picturesque wooded hill.
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
It is a cave temple . Here Lord Muruga was wedded to
Devayanai, daughter of Indra, after annihilating Surapadman.
the temple there are separate shrines dedicated to Shiva,
Ganapathy, Durgai, Vishnu and other deities. More
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
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