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 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.
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...
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
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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