Madurai - City of Worship
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‘Madurai’ is a well-known third biggest city in of Tamil Nadu, which is turning as famous Indian tourist place. The average population of the city is over 1.2 million according to census presented in 2001. Madurai is positioned near the River Vaigai. It is also identified as oldest constantly occupied cities of the world. In past Madurai was named as Koodal city. This city of Tamil Nadu is popular for temples constructed by Madurai kings and Pandyan in the Dravidian technique of structural design. Because of that Madurai is turned as the India's mainly high-up Hindu holy places.
Few special names given to Madurai city are City of Junction, Jasmine's city, City of Temples, never sleeping city, etc.
This Indian tourist place was ruled by many kingdoms and Mauryan Emperor is the major ruling kingdom among all. The ruler Chandragupta Maurya ruled the city for a longer period. Hindu devotees are reaching this place every year as there are countless temples in Madurai.
Spots to attain in Madurai:Meenakshi Sundareswar Temple: this temple is also known as Amman temple, which means a place of peace. Amman temple is constructed near the river Vaigai. The Godess Parvati is identified as Meenakshi in South hence this temple is dedicated to Parvati Mata. Approximately, 1500 devotees are visiting this temple every day. Meenakshi temple was also nominated in Seven Wonders of the World so people can expect the beauty of the temple.
Kazimar Mosque: Kazimar Big Mosque and Maqbara are the next most visiting worship place of the Madurai city. This is the first Muslim worship place of Madurai. The construction of this Masjid is amazing to visitors must visit the Kazimar Mosque.
Thiruparankundram Temple: this is the temple also known as Murugan Shrine. The caves of this temple are older than Meenakshi temple, and devotees are regularly reaching this shrine and worshiping God Murugan. Local females are placing the candles on every Friday as a pray to the God.
Goripalayam Dargah: the next worship place is Dargah, which is named as Goripalayam, which comes from the word of Persian language.
Koodal Azhagar Koil Temple: devotees of Lord Vishnu can reach to this temple for worship. This is the temple having Navagraham statues, which generally found in Shiva Temples only.
St. Mary’s Cathedral Church: the church made with Roman architectural design is another spot to visit.
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal: This is the palace of Madurai built in Indo-Saracen pattern. The palace was constructed by Thirumalai Nayakar in 1636 whereas Tamil Nadu government is taking care of this temple at present.
Gandhi Museum: The blood-stained garments of Mahatma Gandhi is placed in this museum so visitors can have look of such thing.
Attain to Madurai through different ways:
By Air: Madurai is easy reachable through air and direct flights from Chennai, Tiruchi; Bangalore and Coimbatore are best airbases. Airport is just 10 kms away from the Madurai city.
By Train: today Madurai is major station of Tamil Nadu, and many big cities are directly connected with this city. Vaigai express is available to reach Madurai faster than other passenger trains.