Madurai is the 3rd biggest city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Madurai is celebrated for its sanctuaries worked by Pandyan and Madurai Nayak lords in the Dravidian style of engineering. It is additionally one of India’s most remarkable Hindu journey places. The city has various recorded landmarks, with the Meenakshi Temple and the Tirumalai Nayak Palace being the most conspicuous.
Madurai is a significant modern and instructive center point in South Tamil Nadu (Chennai). It’s on the banks of the river Vaigai, and has been a significant settlement for two centuries. It is one of the most established ceaselessly possessed urban areas on the planet. The city was the capital of the Pandyan realm was at Korkaim, around 600 BCE, and was moved to Koodai (present day Madurai) during the rule of Nedunj Cheliyan.
Madurai is acclaimed for is rich inheritance and propelling Tamil language through ‘Sangams’. The city has been in presence since about fourth century BC and is referred to in old compositions of Greeks, Romans and Arabs. The Meenakshi Amman safe-haven orchestrated in the center of the city is notable, and there are different sanctuaries in and around the city. The “Maha Kumbabhishekam” of the safe-haven was acted in April 2009 after the redesign (re-painting) workj on the gopurams (towers) on the asylum. It is for the most part performed once at customary spans or more. There are different astonishing figures on the gopurams and inside the premises of the safe-haven. Post for the “Yaali” an incredible careature like a legendary snake on the segments in the ‘progaram’ of the asylum.
Major tourist places in Madurai are
1. Sri Meenakshi – Sundareswarar Temple
Inseparable from Madurai is the Meenakshi Sundareswarar twin Temple, the turn around which the city has advanced. The Meenakshi Temple complex is in a real sense a city – one of the biggest of its sort in India and without a doubt one of the most established as well. The sanctuary developed with the commitment of every line and triumphant rulers, into a colossal complex reaching out over a space of 65000 Sq m. The sanctuary previously came in to being 2000 years prior and was significantly extended during the system of Thirumalai Nayak(1623-55 AD).
Ruler Siva in his manifestation as Sundareswarar and his fish-peered toward companion, Meenakshi, are revered in this twin sanctuary. There are five gigantic passages encasing these two places of worship. Indeed, even an easygoing guest is intrigued by the numerous artworks and models.
2. Thirumalai Nayak Palace
About 1.5 Kms from the Meenakshi sanctuary, this castle was worked in 1636 by the ruler whose name it bears. The monumental building is well known for the “Stuccowork” on its vaults and noteworthy curves. Because of Lord Napier, the then Governor of Madras, who mostly reestablished the castle in 1866-72, and the resulting rebuilding works completed quite a long while prior, today, we will see the Entrance Gate, The Main Hall and the Dance Hall.
3. Thirupparankundram Temple
One of the six exceptional homes committed to Lord Murugan or Lord Subrahmanya is found 8 Kms South of Madurai. The significance of this sanctuary is that the marriage of Lord Subrahmanya with Devayanai, the little girl of Indra, was praised here. The Cave places of worship here are determined as eighth century formation of the Pandiyans. The Sanctum Sanctorum is cut out of a solitary stone and the sanctuary is accepted to be in presence for a long time. The dividers and the columns have entrancing carvings.
Mariamman Teppakulam is a wonderful square tank spread over a colossal space of very nearly 16 sections of land, situated around 4 Kms East of Meenakshi Temple in Madurai City. The tank is the location of the vivid buoy celebration held in January/February to praise the birth commemoration of King Thirumalai Nayak, who constructed this tank. The divinities of Meenakshi and Sundareswarar are put in a buoy, called “Teppam”, brightened with blossoms and enlightened with hundred of lights. This buoy is taken around the tank to the sound of conventional music. On the Northern side of the tank a sanctuary is devoted to Mariamman, an acclaimed town divinity of Tamil Nadu.
5. Azhagar Kovil
Around 21 Kms North East of Madurai, stands an observed Vishnu Temple committed to Lord Alagar. The sanctuary is arranged on a slope in the midst of all encompassing environmental factors. The holy place is know as Alagarkoil and the slope, Solaimalai. The sanctuary additionally contain some lovely carvings and makes the visit fulfilling. Palamudirsolai, one of the six residences of Lord Subramaniya is situated on the Hill.
6. Madurai Gandhi Museum
Gandhi Museum is housed in the old Palace of Rani Mangammal, the Gandhi Museum portrays the features of the opportunity battle and contains an image exhibition of the Gandhian development. Likewise can be seen are an exhibition of relics, Khadi and town ventures segment and South Indian Handicrafts area.