Madurai-Meenakshi Temple is also known as Meenakshi Amman Temple and attracts tourists and pilgrims similar. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is named later than the deity and goddess Parvati. Sundareswarar means beautiful Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati is called Meenakshi. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva visited Madurai to marry Parvati because Madurai has been her abode.
The temple complex extends over an area of 6 hectares and dates back to 2500 AD. The temple is known for its beautiful architecture and has 12 gateways (Gopurams), which are 45 to 50 metres in height. The tallest Gopuram of the temple is the southern Gopuram.
The temple contains 985 pillars and 14 towers, with two towers dedicated to the main deities. The current structure of the temple has been built in 16th century by Nayak King of Madurai Vishwanatha Nayak. Tourists can also get a bird’s eye view of the city from the southern Gopuram of the temple.
Alagar Koil is a temple located in the close by hills towards the north of Madurai. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and comprises three sanctuaries of diminishing size holding the idol of Lord Vishnu. The temple is known for its complex stone carvings and sculptures. It is believed that Lord Vishnu resides in this temple as Meenakshi’s brother Azhagar.
The statue is carved out of a stone and is a masterpiece. The temple also houses statues of the lord in various postures. The temple is placed at the top of the hills from where a natural stream of water runs. The fresh water of this stream is carried daily by the temple priest for Lord Krishna.
Gandhi Museum consists of memorabilia of Mahatma Gandhi and is one of the five Gandhi Museums in the country. The museum houses blood stained dhoti that he was wearing at the time of his assassination along with photographs of his life span.
The museum was former the palace of Rani Mangammal of the Nayak dynasty. It was later converted into Gandhi Museum by the Gandhi Memorial Trust after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948.
The premises of the museum comprise a bookshop, which provides a collection of books on the life and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi. The museum encompasses an open air theatre which can accommodate around 8,000 people. This theatre is used to organise cultural programmes, weekly film shows and public meetings on special events.
Mariamman Teppakulam temple
The Mariamman Teppakulam temple is devoted to Lord Vigneshwara and is located few distances from the famous Meenakshi temple. The most unique feature of the temple is that the main idol was found in the tank within the complex. The perennial tank is full of water and is one of the biggest tanks in Tamil Nadu. The tank is considered sacred and the temple was constructed on the same spot. Numerous rituals and festivities are celebrated with thousands of devotes coming in from far and broad.
Kazimar Big Mosque and Maqbara
Kazimar Big Mosque and Maqbara is placed at few kilometers from the Madurai Railway. This mosque was constructed in 13th century by Hazrat Kazi Syed Tajuddin, who came from Oman. He had received this piece of land from Pandya king, Kulasekara Pandya.
The mosque is generally known as Periya Pallivasal, meaning the Big Mosque, which can accommodate around 2,500 people. The Maqbara, which is the dargah of descendants of Prophet Muhammad, is located inside the premises of the mosque.
The massive Vaigai Dam on the river Vaigai is located close to Andipatti and is the source of water of irrigation to the farms in and around the province. The Agriculture Research Institute is close by the dam so that complete research can be carried out on pulses, cereals and grains. Lush greenery flourishes in and around the dam while the reservoir is just right for boating.
Thirumalai Nayak Palace
Thirumalai Nayak Palace was built in 16th century by Nayak ruler Thirumalai Nayak. This palace depicts beautiful Indo-Sarcenic architecture. The main highlight of the palace is the light and sound show which is based on the life of Silapathikaram and Tirumalai Nayak.
Originally, the temple was four times bigger than what is there today. The palace consists of 248 pillars, each 58 feet in height. The ceiling of the palace has paintings depicting Shaivite and Vaishnavite themes. Moreover, the stucco architecture works on the domes and arches of the palace exhibit architectural mastery.
Furthermore, items like furniture and utensils used by the kings are displayed in the palace. The major attractions of the palace are the entrance gate, dancing hall and the main hall.
Tirupparankundram Murugan temple
The temple is an outstanding master piece of art and is dedicated to mother earth for all the benedictions it has bestowed on the holy earth. The region is hilly and is also known as southern Himalayas of India. It is a beautiful place where the sun and moon can be seen together at several instances of the day.
It is considered to be the holy place for marriages and most of the marriages in the suburbs take place in this temple itself. The marriage of Lord Subhrahmanya was celebrated in this temple and since then numerous people have been bound in the marital bonds in front of the god in this temple.
Pazhamudhir Solai is a beautiful temple created in the memory of Lord Subramaniya who is worshipped by several people in southern India. It has great sculptures of lord subramaniya encarved in wood and marble and is a fabulous temple with giant steps in the front of it.
People worship the temple by moving across the periphery of the temple a several number of times, with the hope that their wish would come true. It is the giant temple of Lord subhramaniya in southern India and one of the most beautiful too. It is located on the hills of Azharar koil and falls in Madurai in Tamil nadu.
Koodal Azhagar Temple
The temple is located in the city of Azhaghar, the gorgeous city of southern India. It is the temple of lord Vishnu with great monument of lord Vishnu encarved in front of the temple. Koodal is the second name for the city of Madurai and Koodal temple indicates the temple of Madurai as opted by its name. It is one of the oldest temples in southern India and is one of the 108 temples of lord Vishnu constructed all over India.
Several different lodging and boarding amenities is provided in the place and hence it becomes convenient to the travelers, who would love to visit the place and take the sacred blessings of Lord Vishnu.
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