India - Madurai City Information

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Madurai City Information

Madurai is known as the city of nectar and is the oldest and second largest city within the state of Tamil Nadu.

It is located on Vaigai River and was the capital of Pandyan rulers. This sacred town has popular Meenakshi temple built by the Pandyan King Kulasekarar.

Madurai has a rich cultural heritage passed on from the great Tamil era which is more than 2500 years old. Madurai is also famous for Jasmine Flowers.

Places of Interest:

The Meenakshi Temple - The temple has two sanctuaries with Meenakshi and Sundareswar as deities. There is 'Hall of a Thousand Pillars', which is adorned with 985 elaborately carved pillars.

Tirumala Nayak Mahal - This Mahal was built by King Thirumalai Nayak with the help of an Italian Architect. It has two sections called Swargavilasa and Rangavilasa. There is a Sound and Light show on Madurai's past.

Gandhi Museum - The museum has a collection of Gandhi's books and letters.

Mariamman or Vandiyur Teppakulam - The tank has a Mandapam at the center surrounded by four small mandapams. The float festival is celebrated in this place.

Tirupparankundram - It is a cave temple which is one of the six abodes of Lord Murugan, the second son of Shiva.

Alagar Koil - The temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is older than Meenakshi temple. Lord Vishnu is worshipped in three different postures.

 

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