India is a secular country and is famous for its diverse culture and religious heritage. Every Indian has some innate traditional, cultural and religious values. All the borders of India east, west, north and south are famous for their own traditions and culture. The temples in the South India add more attraction in the religious values.
The temples of Madurai occupy the prime position in the religious map of India and are recognized as the City of Temples. Madurai located on shores of river Vaigai, is blessed with rich cultural heritage. It is an important cultural and commercial centre since very early. Capital of the great Pandya kings is adorned with many great temples.
The Pandyan King Kulasekarar built a great temple and created a lotus shaped city around the temple. The city was originally named Madhurapuri behind the fact that Lord shiva blessed the land and its people and showered divine nectar (Madhu) on them.
The climate is dry and hot. The maximum temperatures during summer ranges from 26.3Â°C to 40Â°C, while in winters temperatures range between 29.6 and 18 Â°C.
Major attractions in Madurai
Sri Meenakshi - Sundareswarar Temple
Madurai is famous for Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple or we can say that it is because of this temple Madurai is known for. The 2000 years old temple is one of the largest of its kind in India. The campus sprawls into a whopping area of 65000 sq m. Each dynasty contributed to the growth of this temple dedicated to Parvati. Thirupparankundram Temple
The rock cut shrine of Lord Subramanya is one among six abodes of God Subramanya.Alagar koil
Alagar koil in North East of Madurai is a temple dedicated to Lord Alagar, an embodiment of Vishnu. The temple is situated on a hill known as Solaimalai. The panoramic view from temple enchants everyone. Another abode of Lord Subramaniya-Palamudirsolai is located atop the Hill.Thiruparankundram
Thiruparankundram is a Muslim site of worship called Durgah. People from every religion came to the grave of an Islamic saint Hazrat Sultan Sikandhar Badushah Shaheed Radiyallah Ta'al anhu.Goripalayam Dargah
The grave of Hazrat Sulthan Alauddin Badusha (Radiyallah) and Hazrat Sulthan Shamsuddin Badhusha (Radiyallah) are located here. The beautiful green coloured tomb of Gorippalayam Dargah can be distincted from far. The Dargah is located on the banks of vaigai River.Thirumalai Nayak Palace
Thirumalai Nayak built this palace in 1636. "Stuccowork" on the domes and arches boasts about the beauty of the palace. The large pavilion Sorgavilasam stands without a single girder. It is indeed an amazing piece of Indo-Saracenic architectural style. The massive white and polished black stone pillars, high decorated arches are the highlights of this palace.
Beautiful square tank Mariamman Teppakulam and Gandhi Museum might also be worth visiting. Besides these some spots are heaven in weekends. Athisayam water theme park, Eco park, Hava valley, Rajaji children park and MGR Race Course Stadium are the entertainment centres for all the ages. The games, fountains and lighting in the backdrop of nature's beauty and rocky hills are worth pleasurable.