Madurai , cultural capital of Tamilnadu in South India is one of the most important tourist destinations in South India and have been continuously habitated since 4th century BC. The city once trading with Romans was also the capital of Pandaya rulers and is famous for its Meenakshi Amman Temple. Madurai has always been the center of rich cultural heritage.
Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai is the most visited temple and is dedicated to Goddesses Meenaakshi ( form of Goddesses Parvati ). The complex is a splendid example of the south Indian Dravida architectural idiom. Four immense gopurams or temple towers crown the gateways at each direction, is encrusted with more than a thousand brilliantly painted sculptures depicting an assortment of mythological and auspicious themes. Usually, the temple is visited twice,during the day time as well as night. At the time of evening arti when whole temple complex is lit-up by thousands of oil lamps is the ultimate experience.
Thirumalai Nayak Palace was constructed by the king Thirumal Nayak in 1638 AD is a perfect blend of Dravidian and Rajput style of architecture. The arches and domes of the palace have been richly adorned with excellent stucco work.
Vedic School in Madurai is a must to visit to understand how education and knowledge about the Hindu religious books is being shared and transferred with new priests. Vedic school in Thiruparankundram Murugan temple in Madurai is also famous for its rangolis ( Kolam ) created by local women.
Vanakkam Madurai – Good Morning Madurai
To understand how the daily life starts in a religious temple city of Madurai , wake-up a bit early and have a walk through the streets and experience how making ranoli ( Kolam ) to welcome the guests, making of garlands to offer to temple and a tea in a house is a way to start the day.