Ancient records record the existence of Madurai from the 3rd century BC. It was a trading town, especially for spices, and according to legend, the third Sangam (gathering of Tamil scholars and poets) was home. Over the ages, Madurai came under the reign of the Cholas, Pandyas, local Muslim sultans, Hindu Vijayanagar rulers, and the Nayaks, who ruled until 1736 and created the old city's lotus shape.
Sundareswarar Temple of Meenakshi : Madurai Temple is the centre and lifeline of Madurai City, which is 2,500 years old. The original temple was founded by Kulasekara Pandya, but the first Nayak king of Madurai, Viswanatha Nayak (1559-1600), took the initiative to rebuild the foundation under the guidance of Ariyanatha Mudaliar. The temple was substantially expanded to the current structure during the reign of Thirumalai Nayak between 1623 and 1655 CE by the Nayak rulers.
With an estimated 33,000 sculptures in the temple, the temple is an architectural marvel. Within the temple, there are several corridors, halls, and shrines. With wonderful artwork, the corridors and pillars are decorated. Meenakshi Amman and Sundareswarar have breathtakingly beautiful sculptures carved with so much precision on the outer walls of the principal shrines. The sculptures represent mythological myths, scenes from the marriage of Shiva & Parvathi, etc.
Tourist attractions in Madurai
Thirumalai Nayak Mahal : The initial complex of palaces was four times larger than the new structure. Swargavilasa and Rangavilasa were split into two parts, and only Swargavilasa survives today. An Italian architect designed the palace. Wide paintings portraying Shaivite and Vaishnavite themes decorate the ceilings.
On the northwest side of the palace (Natakasala), there is a large museum that houses a wonderful collection of paintings, utensils, images of the palace that display its full glory, and many sculptures. At Natakasala, the dome is beautifully designed with glass windows on all sides of the upper part. There are many beautiful sculptures from the 10th to 17th centuries spread throughout the Natakasala. To enter the upper portion of the Natakasala, there are two stairways.
Alagar Koil : The temple is Lord Vishnu's abode and is the holiest place in the area for many followers of Lord Vishnu. It is located in the hills of Alagar and is known as Azhagar Kovil as well. 'Vishnu' presides here as the brother of Meenakshi 'Azhagar'. The lord's statue is made of stone and is a wonderful Kallalgar masterpiece. Several different statues in various roles of the Lord are all held under the same roof in the temple and it is the best type of separate temples in southern India
Thiruparankundram Temple : Tirupparankundram Temple is one of Murugan's six abodes and is considered Lord Muruga's first and foremost temple. This temple is associated with many myths and legends, and one of them says that it is in this place that Lord Muruga defeated the demon Surapadman and married Deivayani, daughter of Indra, the king of heaven, and worshipped Lord Shiva. An early rock-cut temple with cells housing the sanctums of Subramanya, Durga, Vinayakar, Shiva, and Shiva is the main sanctuary.
An Aasthaana Mandapam with many artistically carved pillars leads to the 150-foot-high Rajagopuram. A wide rectangular chamber excavated into the enormous main rock is the shrine, which has 48 imaginative carved pillars. A mixture of nine minerals called Navabashana builds the sanctum sanctorum and has the statue of Lord Murugan carved in its standing position. An unusual characteristic of this temple is that in the main shrine, the god's Shiva and Vishnu face one another.
Best places to visit in Madurai
Koodal Alagar Temple : The three distinct postures of the same God are a special feature of this temple. In standing, sitting, and reclining postures, the three figures of Vishnu are With three distinct names, these three figures of the deity are identified. In a seated pose, Lord Vishnu is the most venerated of the three figures. The seated Lord Vishnu, from whom the temple derives its name, is locally known as Lord Koodal Alagar. Sri Ranganatha is referred to as the reclining idol.
This temple has amazing architecture and artwork. The temple, adorned with a temple tower followed by the main shrine with a large and sanctum, has a corridor around the main shrine that has faded color paintings depicting various gods and goddesses on the walls. The vimana over the sanctum, in color paint, has beautiful sculptures. The outer walls of the sanctum, especially the beams that touch the sanctum's vimana, are beautifully carved.
Vandiyur Mariamman Temple : It has an enormous tank in the temple compound and is the largest tank in the Tamil Nadu region. Throughout the year, the tank is filled with water and the idol of the temple was also collected from the bottom of the tank when it was dug in the old days and the temple was then built in that place itself. Since then, the tank has gained popularity and the temple was also built in its memory.
Narasingam : Narasingam is famous for the Cave Temple of Yoga Narasinga Perumal, built-in 770 AD by Madurakavi, who was the minister of Madurai King Paraanthaka Nedunchelzyan, at a distance of 12 km from Madurai. Narasinga Perumal's sculpture is cut out of the rocks of Aanaimalai Hill. A good example of the cave sculptures of the Pandya Kingdom is this temple. There is a stone temple to the goddess Sri Narasingavalli in front of it.
Pazhamudhir Solai : Pazhamudhir Solai is a beautiful temple created in the memory of Lord Subramaniya, who is worshipped by many people in southern India, at a distance of 23 km north-east of Madurai (4 km from Alagar Koil). It has great wood and marble sculptures of Lord Subramaniya and is a wonderful temple with massive steps in front of it. People worship the temple by traveling many times around the perimeter of the temple, hoping that their wish will come true.
Pick up From Theni/Dindigul.
Then Proceed towards Madurai.
Hotel Check in.
Then proceed to visit Madurai major attractions such as Sri Meenakshi Amman Temple.
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam.
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal.
Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple.
Come back to Hotel.
Overnight stay @ Madurai.
After Refreshment and Breakfast.
Then proceed to visit Madurai major attractions such as Alagar Koil, Pazhamudhir Solai, Koodal Azhagar Temple and Vandiyur Mariyamman Temple.
Come back to Hotel.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
After Refreshment and Breakfast.
Check out the hotel.
Then proceed to visit Madurai major attractions such as Yoga Narasimha Perumal Temple, Pandi Muneeswaran Kovil and Samanar Hills.
Then Starting Our Journey Towards Theni/Dindigul with Sweet Memories of Madurai.
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2.Double sharing Rooms
5.Royal Suite Rooms
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From Trip start to till end the Tour Guide will be take care
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