18 Mar 2013

Madurai Calling!!!!

One of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world is the pride of Tamil Nadu, Madurai. With a rich history that dates back to the third century, Madurai has been ruled by many dynasties in the past. It’s no wonder that Madurai is called the Athens of the east. 

Madurai is an important educational and industrial hub of Tamil Nadu and is very prominent in industries including automobile, rubber, granite and chemical manufacturing. The Madurai Law college, Madurai Medical college and Homeopathic Medical college are some of the well known educational institutions in Madurai.
Meenakshi Amman temple (Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)
However, as a tourist in Madurai, you will have the best time sightseeing as there are many ancient monuments as well as religious structures here. Make sure to visit: 
1. The Meenakshi Amman temple, one of the landmarks of the city, is dedicated to Parvati (or Meenakshi).
2. The Koodal Azhagar temple is a unique Vishnu temple. It has idols of Navagraham, or nine planet deities, which can only be found in Shiva temples. 
Koodal Azhar Temple, Madurai (Photo Courtesy: opennetworks)
3. Kazimar big mosque is one of the oldest Islamic monuments in Madurai. Kazi Syed Tajuddin, who was thought to be the descendant of Prophet Mohammed, was the one supervising the construction of the mosque. 
4. The Goripalayam mosque has been derived from the Persian word ‘Gor’ or ‘grave’.

You should take a look at and explore all of these religious structures. Besides these religious monuments, you can also visit:
Thirumalai Nayak Palace (Photo Courtesy: benedante.blogspot.com)
1. The Thirumalai Nayak Palace, which was constructed in 1636 CE and now maintained by the Tamil Nadu Archaeological Department. 
2. The palace of Rani Mangamma, which has now been renovated to house one of the five Gandhi Memorial museums in the country. It even includes a part of the blood-stained garment worn by Gandhi when he was assassinated by Nathuram Godse.
3. The Eco Park in Tallakulam boasts of fountains and lighting in trees using optical fibres.

A treat to the eyes, the ancient city of Madurai has lots to offer. Jump on to any of the Madurai flights and take a tour of one of the oldest cities of the world.