Tourism Places in Madurai
Meenakshi Amman Temple
Meenakshi Amman Temple is an historic Hindu Temple located in the holy city of Madurai in India. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva - who is known here as Sundareswarar or Beautiful Lord and his consort, Parvati who is known as Meenakshi. The Temple forms the heart and lifeline of the 2500 years old city of Madurai. The complex houses 14 magnificent Gopurams or towers including two golden Gopurams for the main deities, that are elaborately sculptured and painted showing the architectural and sculpting skills of the ancient Indian STHAPATHIS.
Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal
Thirumalai Nayak Palace is a 17th century palace that was built by king Thirumalai Nayak, one of the Madurai Nayak rulers in 1636 AD in the city of madurai, India. This palace was built with the help of an Italian Architect and is a classic fusion of Dravidian, Islamic and European style. The building , which can be seen today, was the main palace where the king held his darbar. The Original Palace Complex was four times bigger than the present structure.
The Gandhi Museum is one of the distinct places to be visited in Madurai. The Museum is one of the rare living memorial of Father of India. It was used as a summer palace of Nayak Rulers.
The Thirupparankundram Temple, Madurai dates back to the sixth century. It is considered to be one of the six abodes of lord Subramanya or Murugan. These six abodes of the Lord are popularly referred to as Arupadai Veedu. According to legend, the lord married Deivyani, the daughter of lord Indra at this place. This is also the site where he worshiped his parents lord Parangirinathar and Avudainayaki.
Located 21 kms northwest of Madurai is a Vishnu temple on a picturesque wooded hill. Here 'Vishnu' presides as Meenakshi's brother 'Azhgar'. During the chitrai festival in April/May, when the celestial marriage of Meenakshi to Sundareswarar is celebrated, Azhagar travels to Madurai. A gold processional icon called the Sundararajar is carried by devotees in procession from Azhagar kovil to Madurai for wedding ritual.
Madurai in Tamilnadu, is known popularly as the 'City of Festivals'. Among the many festivals big and small which take place there throughout the year, one of the most picturesque is the Float Festival or 'Teppothsavam'. On that day, the idols of goddess Meenakshi and her consort lord Sundareshwarar are taken in grand procession to the big lake called Teppakulam, and drawn around a shrine built in the middle of the small island in the center of the lake, seated on a decorated float called 'Teppam'. It usually happens on a full moon day on January / Febraury.