Madurai , Tamil Nadu

Description

Madurai is a major city in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India. Madurai is the second largest city in Tamil Nadu and the 31st largest urban agglomeration in India. Located on the banks of  river Vaigai, Madurai has been a major settlement for two millennia and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.
Madurai is closely associated with the Tamil language, as all three primary congregations of Tamil scholars, the Third Tamil Sangam, were held in the city.

The city has a number of historical monuments, with the Meenakshi Amman Temple and Thirumalai Nayak palace being the most prominent. Madurai is an important industrial and educational hub in South Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu government planned satellite town for madurai near Thoppur.

 Madurai is the second corporation in Tamil Nadu next to Chennai  corporation.

 

 

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Meenakshiamman Temple

 It is dedicated toParvathy, known as Meenakshi, and her consort, Shiva, here named Sundareswarar..The temple is the geographic and ritual center of the ancient city of Madurai and one of the largest temple complexes in Tamil Nadu. The most important festival associated with the temple is thE "Meenakshi Thirukalyanam"  (the divine marriage of Meenakshi) that is celebrated in April every year.

 


Teppakulam Mariamman Temple

Literally,Teppakulam means temple pond mainly used for devotional festivals.Mariamman Teppakulam is famous for the celebrations of the Float festival, which is celebrated in the Tamil month of Thai (January 14th to February 15th). The celebrations take place on a full moon night (Thaipusam) and the pristine water turns colourful as the temple is lit. The idols of Goddess Meenakshi and her consort Lord Sundareshwarar, the deities of the Meenakshi Amman Temple come down to the tank in colorful floats, presenting a mesmerizing sight.


Thirumalai Naikkar Mahal

 tirumalai Nayak Palace at Madurai was considered to be one of the wonders of the South. Thirumalai nayakar mahal is famous for its giant pillars. Pillar's height is 82 feet and width is 19 feet.


Gandhi Museum

It is  one of the five Gandhi Sanghralayas (Gandhi Museums) in the country. It includes a part of the bilood-stained garment worn by Gandhi when he was assassinated by Nathuram Godse.


Alagar Koil

Azhakar Koil, is a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu situated 21 km from the city of Madurai. The Azhakar Hills has a tropical forest cover which extend from Azhakar Kovil in the south to Natham in the north. 


Thirupparankundram

Thiruparankundram is known for its ancient temple of Hindu Deity Murugan. The temple is the first among the six abodes of Murugan, the Arupadaiveedu, literally "Six Battle Houses", and one of the most visited tourist spots in Madurai, next only to the Meenakshi Amman Temple.


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