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Madurai TempleMadurai, the oldest pilgrimage spot of Tamil Nadu is located on the bank of Vaigai River. The place is blessed by Lord Shiva for constructing a temple for himself, on this fortunate occasion some Divine nectar “Madhu" fell from the knotted locks of Shiva and hence the city was named "Madhurapuri". Madurai's history starts about 2500 years ago and can be divided into four periods. It was the capital of the Pandyan Kings and remains with it till the decline of the empire. Madurai seems to be the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu and an important part of Tamil Tour. It is an important pilgrims attraction grabs thousands of devotees from India as well as abroad.

Prime pilgrimage attractions of Madurai

Meenakshi Temple: Meenakshi temple is a 2000 years old construction, situated at the heart of the old town. Meenakshi-Sundareswarar temple is successful in attracting Indian and International tourist all through out the year. It is the finest example of Dravadian art and architecture. Accurately there remain 985 pillars and each of them is precisely and exquisitely carved. Being the most revered spot of Hindu Pilgrimage its gopurams and mandapams covered with an abundance of multi-coloured images of gods, goddesses, animals and legendary figures. The temple is also designed with an art museum filled the history and culture of the old city.

Koodal Azhaar Temple:
It is also a significant ancient temple of Madurai, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. There exists lord Rama’s Coronation in the intricate woodcarving. Groups of pilgrims all across the world come to see different postures of lord Vishnu in different position as sitting, standing and reclining.

MaduraiAzhagar Koil: Azhagar Koil is placed just 18 kms northwest of Madurai on a majestic hilltop. The temple is also dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Pilgrims from different parts of the state comes to see gold image of Azhagar travels in the Celestial wedding during the Chithirai festival.

Pazhamudhirsolai: Pazhamudhirsolai, situated on the same hill of Azhagar Koilthis frequently visited by pilgrims. The temple is regarded as one of the six abode of Lord Subramanya.

Thirupparankundram: Thirupparankundram is also considered, as one of the abodes of Lord Sundareshwara, situated just 8 kms from the cities center. The temple is widely visited for it’s being a highly unique rock cut structure.

Vaniyur Mariamman Teppakulam: This gigantic temple tank is run by water from the Vaigai River. Devotees generally attracted towards the tank because of its hosting of colorful float festival. The tank has a mandapam at the middle, preserving Lord Vigneshwara.

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