Madurai


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Madurai is a city of temples located in Tamil Nadu, southern region of India. It is one of the oldest city located on Vaigai river and has been a centre of learning and pilgrimage for centuries. This city has a legend in it, that the divine nectar falling from Lord Shiva’s locks, gave the city its name-Madhurapuri, now known as Madurai.

Historical Background

The city is constructed in the form of a lotus and therefore it is also known as lotus city. In the past centuries, it was ruled by the Pandya kings and they have also constructed a beautiful temple of Lord Shiva and worship him. This place has a great cultural and mythological history to be studied by the generations to come.

A city of rich heritage, art and culture

The city of temples is known for its rich architecture and sculptural works. People visit and enjoy the beauty of the temples. Besides this, People from several different religions and cultures are residing in the place and all different kinds of festivals are celebrated here in unison.

The city is known for its Jasmine flowers. Madurai has been a textile center since ages. The lovely Sungundi Sarees are in great demand among Indian women. Collectors are delighted to have the Brass lamps from Madurai. The city apart from temple is also crammed with shops, street markets and temples, pilgrim’s choultries, hotels and restaurants.

Culture

People and Culture of Madurai has a strong bearing upon its past. The kingdoms that ruled Madurai have left an indelible mark on the culture of the city.

Madurai is one of the most populated cities of Tamil Nadu. Majority of the people are Hindus, though Muslims and Christians also live there. Languages which are mostly spoken are Tamil, Saurashtra and English.

A number of festivals are part of the culture in Madurai. In fact, these festivals form an integral part of the social structure of the city.

Current Scenario

Apart from its rich cultural heritage, the city of Madurai has become an industrial, commercial and educational center too. The city is also famous for its traditional handicrafts in bronze and brass. The Puthu Mandapam, an old pillared hall along the entrance to Meenakshi temple is popular among the visitors and locals for the cotton fabric and the Batiks.Collectors are delighted to have the Brass lamps from Madurai.

Climate

The city experiences warm climate. The temperature sometimes comes below 20 degrees during winters. The rainfall is frequent and spread throughout the year.

The best time to visit this place is between October – March.

  • Meenakshi Temple
  • Alagar Koil
  • Gandhi Museum
  • Mariamman Teppakulam temple
  • Kazimar Big Mosque and Maqbara
  • Goripalayam Dargah
  • Foodies Day out at Madurai
  • Thirupparankundram Murugan Temple
  • St. Mary’s Cathedral Church
  • Adhisyam