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The Religious City of Madurai

By Akshatha

Madurai in Tamil Nadu is one of the oldest cities in India; existing from 3rd century BC. Today it is one of the major cities of Tamil Nadu.

One get to see a blend of history and modernity in this ancient city. From ages, Madurai has been ruled by many kingdoms which have left their imprint on the city.

Madurai is full of monuments and religious places; a popular tourist place in Tamil Nadu. Meenakshi Amman Temple, Tirumalai Nayak Palace, Vaigai River, Periyar Dam, Kazimar Big Mosque, Koodal Azaghar Temple are some of the famous places.

 

Even in Tamil literature, there have been many references to this religious city. It plays a prominent part in Tamil Nadu tourism and is one of the main pilgrimage site for Hindus.

With a number of beautiful places around, the ancient city of Madurai attracts many travellers across the country.

Vaigai River
  

Vaigai River

Madurai is situated on the banks of river Vaigai.
Photo Courtesy: Paulthy

Meenakshi Amman Temple
  

Meenakshi Amman Temple

Meenakshi Sundareswara Temple dedicated to Parvati and Shiva is the major tourist attraction in Madurai.
Photo Courtesy: Jorge Royan

Thirumalai Nayak Palace
  

Thirumalai Nayak Palace

Thirumalai Nayak Mahal is considered as 'one of the wonders of the South'.
Photo Courtesy: Jomesh

Koodal Azaghar Temple
  
 

Koodal Azaghar Temple

Koodal Azaghar Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is situated near Meenakshi Amman Temple.
Photo Courtesy:  Raji.srinivas

Kazimar Big Mosque
  

Kazimar Big Mosque

It is believed that Hazrat Kazi Syed Tajuddin (a descendent of Prophet Muhammad) established it in 13th C.
Photo Courtesy: Wasifwasif

 Pazhamudircholai Temple
  

Pazhamudircholai Temple

Pazhamudircholai is a Murugan temple situated near to Azaghar Temple.
Photo Courtesy: Ssriram mt

Gandhi Memorial Museum
  

Gandhi Memorial Museum

It is one of the five Gandhi Museums in India.
Photo Courtesy: Vegpuff

Alagar Kovil (Temple)
  

Alagar Kovil (Temple)

Azhakar Kovil is another Hindu temple dedicated to Vishu.
Photo Courtesy: TAMIZHU

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