Meenakshi Temple, Madurai
Synonymous with Madurai is the Meenakshi Temple. The Meenakshi Temple complex is literally a city on its own. It is one of the largest of its kind in India and undoubtedly one of the oldest too. The temple grew bigger with the contributions of each dynasty and victorious monarchs, into an enormous complex spanning 45 acres. The temple was first built 2000 years ago and was substantially expanded during the reign of Thirumalai Nayak between the years 1623-55 AD. Go to the Meenakshi Temple Page.
Mariamman Teppakulam, Madurai
Mariamman Teppakulam Mariamman Teppakulam is one of Madurai’s most popular tourist hubs. The Teppakulam is the largest man-made water tank in South India. Built by King Thirumalai Nayak, Mariamman Teppakulam is fed by water through ingenious underground channels from the Vaigai River.
Go to the Mariamman Teppakulam Page.
Thirumalai Nayak Mahal, Madurai
Close to the Meenakshi Amman Temple is the Thirumalai Nayak Mahal, a 17th century palace built by Thirumalai Nayak in the Indo Sarcenian style of architecture. In its heyday the palace was an elaborate affair with royal mansions, shrines and armory vaults. Go to the Thirumalai Nayak Mahal Page.
About 21kms north east of Madurai, stands a celebrated Vishnu temple dedicated to Lord Alagar. The temple is situated on a hill amidst panoramic surroundings. The shrine is known as Alagarkoil and the hill is known Solaimalai. The t emple also contain some beautiful carvings and makes the visit rewarding. Solai malai Mandapam, one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya is located atop the hill.
Koodal Azhagar Temple, Madurai
This ancient and acclaimed Vaishnavite temple is noted for its remarkable architectural and sculptural magnificence. The Lord here is in the sitting or asana, standing or sthanaka and reclining or sayana postures, all enshrined in one vertical plane.
Gandhi Museum, Madurai
Housed in the old Palace of Rani Mangammal, the Gandhi Memorial Museum is meant to be a living institution and not merely a building showcasing exhibits, however precious. It seeks to help an ever increasing number of people particularly the youth of India to understand and to value the life, work and teachings of Gandhi. Go to the Gandhi Museum Page.
Ramakrishna Mutt, Madurai
The world-renowned Ramakrishna Mutt has a branch in Madurai. Yoga classes are conducted here once a week on Fridays.
There is a Vishnu Temple located here and it is 20 kms from Madurai and 3 kms from Othakkadi. The main deity of this temple is Kalamega Perumal or Thirumal and his consort Sembagavalli.
This Shiva temple is located 25 kms from Madurai and 5 kms. from Othakkadi. The presiding deities of this temple are Shiva and Parvathi. It is the birthplace of the famous poet Manikkavasagar.