Madurai Meenakshi Amman Kovil The world famous Meenakshi Temple is situated in Madurai, one of the oldest city
of Tamil Nadu. The magnificent temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Meenakshi, is the perfect example of Dravidian architecture. The temple complex encircles the statues, which reflects the whole range of human emotions. The temple complex covers an area of 6 hectare and houses the structures date back to the 12th to the18th century. Originally the temple was built by Kulasekara Pandya, but the real credit for making the temple goes to the Nayaks. The Nayaks, who ruled over Madurai between the 16th to the 18th century, left a magnificent impression of their rule in the Meenakshi Temple. Sri Meenakshi - Sundareswarar Temple Timings : The temple is usually open between 05.00hrs and 12.30hrs and again between 16.00 hrs and 21.30 hrs. Synonymous with Madurai is the Meenakshi Sundareswarar twin Temple, the pivot around which the city has evolved. The Meenakshi Temple complex is literally a city - one of the largest of its kind in India and undoubtedly one of the oldest too. The temple grew with the contribution of each dynasty and victorious monarchs, into an enormous complex extending over an area of 65000 Sq m. The temple first came in to being 2000 years ago and was substantially expanded during the regime of Thirumalai Nayak(162355 AD). Lord Siva in his incarnation as Sundareswarar and his fish-eyed spouse, Meenakshi, are enshrined in this twin temple. There are four massive gateways enclosing these two shrines. Even a casual visitor is fascinated by the many paintings and sculptures. A striking feature of the temple is the astonishing structures know as “Ayiramkaal Mandapam” or the Hall of Thousand Pillars and each pillar features high, ornate, bold sculptures that look life like. View from any angle these pillars appear to be in a straight line, an architectural masterpiece indeed In the outermost corridors are situated the
The king and family resided in the palace. constructed entirely of brick and mortar without the support of a single rafter or girder. An Italian architect built the palace for the king.1/About 1. When it is tapped. there are polished black stone pillars of varying heights.
. The imposing edifice is famous for the “Stuccowork” on its domes and impressive arches. Entrance Fee. is a marvel of indoSaracenic architectural style. each pillar produces different musical note. It was built by the King in the year 1636. this palace was built in 1636 by the ruler whose name it bears. It is said that during the British rule in India . the Light and sound show takes place in the palace in which the life history of the king and rule in Madurai is being told with sound and light effects.00hrs and 13. Elsewhere.00 hrs and 17. measuring 75m x 52m. The Sorgavilasam (Celestial Pavilion). the place was used for administrative purposes. these pillars measure 20m in height and have a circumference of 4m. Rs. Thirumalai Nayakar Palace The Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal is one of the important tourist attractions in Madurai situated very near to the temple.00 hrs.matchless musical pillars carved out of stones. Mahal2 The tourist can visit the palace for an entrance fee. The Swargavilasa and Rangavilasa are the two parts in the palace. Connected by high decorated arches. It was King Thirumalai Nayak’s grandson who demolished much of the fine structure and removed most of the jewels and woodcarvings in order to build his own palace in Tiruchirapalli.00 hrs and again between 14.5 Kms from the Meenakshi temple. In the evenings. Now the Archaeological Department of the country has declared the palace as a national monument and now the palaces has been renovated and open for public. several of which line the corridor that runs along the courtyard. There are various other places in the palace where the tourists are allowed to go. (His dream never came true). Thirumalai Nayak Palace Timings : The Palace is open for visitors between 09. Among other striking features of the palace are the massive white pillars.
Children Rs. Ku(lasekaran) Pandiyan. The Main Hall and the Dance Hall. Tickets for the show: Adults Rs. Sabarmati and Patna) known as Gandhi Sanghralayas. His Holiness Hazrat Kazi Syed Tajuddin (a descendant of Prophet Muhammad) who came from Oman during 13th century. and constructed the mosque which is the first Muslims' place of worship in Madurai. This half an hour show extols the virtues of King Thirumalai. and the subsequent restoration works carried out several years ago.5/Gandhi Museum Rani Mangamma's palace has been renewed and converted to Gandhi museum. particularly his passion for arts. visited the museum during his tour of India in 1959 and is said to have got his inspiration to launch a series of peaceful agitations against racial discrimination. There’s daily sound and light show in English at 1845 hrs and in Tamil at 2015 hrs. we get to see the Entrance Gate. Martin Luther King Jr.Thanks to Lord Napier. within 500 metres of the Periyar (Central) bus stand and within 1 kilometre South East of the Madurai Railway Junction and 800 meters south west of the Meenakshi Temple. is one of the 5 museums in India (others in Mumbai.
.No entry fee is collected from visitors and is open from 10AM to 4PM IST. his victories in battle and his love for his subjects. and most importantly it showcases the original bloodstained garment of Gandhi when he was assassinated by Nathuram Godse. Kazimar Big Mosque This famous mosque (masjid) is located at the heart of Madurai city. received this land from the then Pandiya king. who partially restored the palace in 1866-72. Also lot of pictures taken during the Life time of Gandhi with various leaders all around the world and also during various incidents of freedom struggle is kept. Barrackpore.The museum displays information about Mahatma Gandhi.10/-. the then Governor of Madras. This museum. The other piece of the garment is kept at the Gandhi Museum in Delhi. today.
which lies in the Tamil Nadu state of India. On the Northern side of the tank a temple is dedicated to Mariamman .
. When some historic and original facts surface. called “Teppam”. There is an artificial island at the centre. This float is taken around the tank to the sound of traditional music. people tend to treat them with reverence as it seems to be happening in Thenur. Mary's Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madurai. situated about 2 kilometers (1. a village in the interiors. Mary's Church Haven't found the right destination for your trip? Let us inspire you! Inspire Me! Introduction Located on East Veli Street in Madurai.D. who built this tank. The tank is the scene of the colourful float festival held in January/February to celebrate the birth anniversary of King Thirumalai Nayak. Its two elegant Roman style bell towers. It is one of the oldest Roman Catholic churches in India. made of stone.St. 20 km off Madurai city.
Mariamman Teppakulam Mariamman Teppakulam is a beautiful square tank spread over a huge area of almost 16 acres. The deities of Meenakshi and Sundareswarar are placed in a float. Alagar Koyil Azhagar Kovil (Alagar temple). It is was built sometime around 1500 A.25 miles) south-east of Madurai Railway Station and 200 meters from the Thirumalai Nayak Palace. is a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu situated 21 km from the city of Madurai. St. located about 5Kms East of Meenakshi Temple. It has become quite a picnic spot now. are visible from a distance. a famous village deity of Tamil Nadu. decorated with flowers and illuminated with hundred of lights. about 42-meter-high (140 feet). Teppakulam Theppakulam belongs to Vandiyur Mariyamman temple.
. It is was built sometime around 1500 A. made of stone. Atop the hill Lord Muruga stands majestically in the temple as the Lord of the Hills popularly known as Kurinji Nilakkizhavan in Tamil. It has become quite a picnic spot now. There is an artificial island at the centre.Thirupparankundram Theppakulam belongs to Vandiyur Mariyamman temple. At the foot of the hill is situated Azhakar Kovil. This hill is also known as Vrishabhadri or Idabagiri. The place is full of natural beauty and sylvan surroundings.
Pazhamutircolai Pazhamutircolai is situated 19 kilometres from the temple town of Madurai.D.