Madurai……The Temple City
Madurai ,a cultural capital of Tamil Nadu is also known as The City of Temples in South India. Meenakshi Amman Kovil(Temple) is the very ancient and famous Hindu temple on situated on the bank of Vaigai river. When we view the city from any direction, the Gopurams of Sri Meenakshi Amman Temple are visible. The city is also built in such a way that the roads surround the Meenakshi Temple . And near by streets are named on Tamil months.
This city is full of small and large temples. On the way to Meenakshi Temple there are small temples around. Madurai is famous for Meenakshi Amman Temple, Amman means mother in Tamil, the people call Amman with respect as they believe no one suffers after entering into temple premises.
Many people plan the holy religious trip of Madurai Rameswaram Kanyakumari.
How to Reach Madurai?
Madurai International Airport is located 10km from city.Madurai is well connected by flights from Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai ,Kochi, Coimbatore .And there are many international flights to and fro from Dubai,Singapore.
Madurai Junction is in the heart of city just 5 min from temple, which has connecting trains from top cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Trivandrum, Bangalore, Coimbatore.
Madurai is well connected by national highways. Bus stand is just 5 min from temple. There are private and state buses connecting to main cities of South India.
Sightseeing in Madurai:
Madurai is famous for Temples. Main temple is Meenakshi Amman Temple is located in the center of the city. For sightseeing or visiting temples you can hire local Auto or six seater they charge 300-600 rs. You can hire just outside the station.Ola and Uber is also available
Other famous temples in Madurai are Alagakovil (Lord Alagar). Theppakulam Mariamman Temple, Tallakulam Perumal Temple, Vandiyur mariamman Temple, Thirupuvanam Pathrakali amman Temple. For these reasons Madurai is called as Temple City.
Meenakshi Amman Temple:
The most ancient temple on banks of Vaigai river dedicated to goddess Parvati and Sundareshwar ,aform of Shiva. Temple has enormous statues on the gopuram, there are four main entrances to the temple each entrance has gopuram and south entrance gopuram is tallest one, in total there are 14 gopurams which is entrances to different shrines and mandapams. Once you enter the temple there is sacred holy tank.
There are two shrines inside the temple one is Meenakshi Amman and other is of lord Shiva. There are many mandapams, the 1000 pillar Mandapam with lot of sculpture is must to see here .The temple performs “Meenakshi Thirukalyanam” in month of April attracting million of peoples .Temple timings are very important ,temple remains open from 6.00am -1.00pm
And 4.00pm -8.00pm in the evening.
Kallazhagar temple has five tier gopuram which is the entrance to temple which attract the devotees with its sculptures.The main shrine is of Kodal Azhagar and Madhuravalli.
Vandiyur mariamman Temple:
This temple is dedicated to lord Ganesha,It has holy tank which gets water from Vaigai river
Here are some more temples, Tallakulam Perumal Temple, Theppakulam Mariamman Temple , Thirupuvanam Pathrakali amman Temple,Alagar kovil. For these reasons Madurai is called as Temple City.
Tirumalai Nayak Palace:
Place is built by Tirumala Nayak, National monument open for visitors between 9am to 5pm.
Best Time to Visit:
As holy place people visit here throughout year, but winters are preferably ok to visit.
October to January is best time to visit.
Duration to Visit:
One day is perfectly ok,but if you are sculpture lover two days are more than enough.
Food in Madurai:
Madurai Idly is famous in India .
Madurai Jigarthanda is famous beverage it’s a mixture of ice cream and liquid custard.
Nearby Places to Visit,
Kanyakumari,Rameshwaram,Kodaikanal ,Tanjavaur are nearby places to visit from Madurai