Madurai KSHETHRA

Madurai is well know all over the world because of the magnificent temple of Goddess Devi Menakshi. Madurai also which is stepped in cultural and literature. It is the second largest city in Tamilnadu and one of the most ancient pilgrim center in India. Reference to this city is made…

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MADURAI KSHETHRA – Origin Of The Temple

The sacred Swayambu Lingam(self manifested) discovered by the king of Gods ‘Indira’ at Kadambavanam, was later enshrined by him in Madurai. Many years ago, what is the present city of Madurai was a forest of Kadamba trees. Once The King of Devas Indra, carried the sin of Brahmahathi. To rid himself of the sin,…

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MADURAI KSHETHRA – South Tower madurai meenakshi temple

After King Kulasekara Pandyan, Malayadwaja Pandyan succeed to the throne. As he had no children, he and his wife Kanchanamala performed a yagna to get a child. They were pleasantly surprised to see a girl emerge from the holy fire. The child had three breasts. A divine voice consoled them…

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MADURAI KSHETHRA – Parrot Cage Mandapam

origin goes back to legendary times. Only a shrine of Siva existed in the 7th century AD. The shrine of Meenakshi was built during the reign of King Chadayavarman Sundara Kandyan, in the 12th century AD. The temple was almost completely destroyed in the year 1310 following the invasion

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MADURAI KSHETHRA – Ashta Sakthi Mandapam

of the Islamic conqueror Malikkapur. As kings who were followers of Islam were noted for their intolerance towards other religions, the invaders destroyed most of the ancient sculptures of the temple. The temple was restored to its pristine glory in the late 14th century when the Hindu Kings came back to…

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MADURAI KSHETHRA – Sri Meenakshi Shrine

After seeing the Golden Lotus tank we crossed the Vembathoor Tower and enter in outer Praharam of Meenakshi Shrine. In this Praharam the Golden Flag Staff, Thirumalai Vinayak, King Thirumalai Nick Mandalay, Gold Mandalay, Koodal Kumarar are seen. Completing this Praharam we returns to the Flag staff and enter into…

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MADURAI KSHETHRA – Kambathadi Mandapam

In this Mandapam contain Golden Flag Staff ,Nandi Mandapam, Bali pedal and eight stone pillars with carving images of Lord in his various forms. The famous sculpture of Devi Meenakshi Wedding is a striking illustration of the excellence of South Indian Art.This mandapam was built by Krishna Veneralia kayaker in…

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MADURAI KSHETHRA – Thousand Pillared Hall

This famous Thousand Pillared Hall is eastern side of Kambathadi Mandalay. It was built by Dalavai Ariyanatha Mudaliyar in 1569 A.D. who built this treasure-house of art. Now this hall actually contains 985 pillars only. This space for the remaining 15 pillars were taken up for two small temples. As…

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MADURAI KSHETHRA – Procedure of worship

Worshipping Devi Meenakshi at first had been the manner of prayer traditionally. Devotees should enter the temple through Amman Sannathi, pass along Ashtasakthi Mandapam, Meenakshi Nayar Mandapam and Mudali Mandapam,Golden Lotus tank. Foremost, they must worship the Viboothi Vinayakar on the south of the sacred tank. From the southern bank,…

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MADURAI KSHETHRA – Mukuruni Ganapathy East Tower

Devotees should meditate the five holy alphabets, recite the sacred names of the Lord, sing divine songs and go round the shrine.While going round the first corridor, Amravati Vinaya on the south-east, Villa Vinaya on the south-west, Nirutha Ganapati and Muthukumaraswamy and Chandikeswarar on the northwest must be worshipped.While going…

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MADURAI KSHETHRA – Thirumalai Naick Palace

The another interesting place of interest in Madurai is Thirumalai Nick Mahal. It is about lk.m. south-east of the Meenakshi Temple. This graceful palace was constructed in Indo-saracenic style by King Thirumalai Nick in 1636 A.D. This Palace once again illustrates the architectural mastery of the Nick. What remains of…

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MADURAI KSHETHRA – Koodal Alagar Temple

In the west of the city there is an ancient Vaishnavism temple with beautiful sculptures. This temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is older than the Meenakshi Temple.This temple is one of the 108Thirupathis.The Moolavar (presiding deity)is known by the name “Koodal Alagar” and the thana (mother)is known as” Maduravalli”.Periyalvar sang…

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MADURAI KSHETHRA – MariammanTeppakulam

This big Temple Tank (1000 feet length and 950 feet wide) is also known by all as VandiyurTeppakulam which is about 5 km east of the city. There is an ancient small Mariamman temple in the northern side of the Tank and also there is a Shiva temple on the…

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MADURAI KSHETHRA – Sri Alagar Temple

The Mahabharata says that this temple was visited by both Yudhisthira and Arjuna. It is said that Koorattalwar, the chief disciple of saint Ramanujan, regained his eyes by worshipping the deity here. Don’t miss the 2000 years old Sudarsana-Chakra in this temple. The God Alagar comes to Madurai Vaigai Rivera…

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MADURAI KSHETHRA – Palamudircholai Murugan Temple

This is one of the six of the holiest of Morgan shrines refered to as the Aarupadai Veedugal. Unlike the other five temples, there is no grand edifice surrounding the central shrine of worship. However, this is a holy shrine venerated by the Skanda purana and by Nakkeerar’s Thirumurugatrupadai of…

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