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Madhurai, one of the oldest cities in India, also known as the ‘City of Temples’. City of Temples, thus almost all of the main attractions revolve around temple especially Meenakshi Temple. 

MEENAKSHI TEMPLE

MEENAKSHI TEMPLE is the most famous amongst all the temples in Madurai and one of the most important ones in Southern India. Also known as Meenakshi Amman Temple, the temple is dedicated to Meenakshi and also houses another shrine dedicated to her husband, Shiva. Built-in the 14th century the temple is known for its architecture and intricate designs. The 600-year-old temple is spread across 15 acres and the temple has 4500 pillars with 14 towers known as gopurams and the tallest tower reaching more than 170 feet. Every corner of the temple is designed with intricate designs and religious symbols. With more than 33,000 sculptures and the roofs are designed with vibrant, intricate motifs and designs of Gods and Goddesses. There are 4 gates providing entry into the temple situated in the four directions North, South, East, and West.

Timings: Temple is open from 5 am to 12.30 pm and 4 pm to 9.30 pm

Daily Pooja Timings:

Pooja Name

Time

  Thiruvanandal pooja

05:00 AM – 06:00 AM

  Vizha Pooja

06:30 AM – 07:15 AM

  Kalasandhi pooja

06:30 AM – 07:15 AM

  Thrikalasandhi pooja

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

  Uchikkala Pooja (Noon Pooja)

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

  Maalai pooja

04:30 PM – 05:15 PM

  Ardhajama Pooja (Night Pooja)

07:30 PM – 08:15 PM

  Palliarai pooja

09:30 PM – 10:00 PM

 

MEENAKSHI TEMPLE
MEENAKSHI TEMPLE
MEENAKSHI TEMPLE

KOODAL AZHAGAR TEMPLE

One of the oldest temples of South India, Koodal Azhagar Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is believed to be older than the Meenakshi temple.  Koodal Azhagar Temple is at a distance of 1 km from Madurai Junction Railway Station & 1.5 km from Meenakshi Temple.

The temple has wonderful architecture and artworks and has wonderfully carved ornamental windows.

Koodal Azhagar Temple is considered to be one of the 108 Lord Vishnu’s holy abodes.

Temple Timings: 5.30 am to 12.30 pm (and up to 1:00 pm on Saturdays) and 4:00 pm to 9.00 pm.

 KOODAL AZHAGAR TEMPLE
 KOODAL AZHAGAR TEMPLE

ALAGAR KOIL TEMPLE

Around 20 km towards the north of Madurai is Alagar Koil temple, the resting place of Lord Vishnu and considered as the sacred place for several followers of Lord Vishnu. The temple is known for its colorful and intricate sculptures and stone cravings.

Temple Timings: 6 am to 12.30 pm and 3.30 pm to 8.00 pm

  ALAGAR KOIL TEMPLE
THIRUMALAI NAYAK MAHAL

THIRUMALAI NAYAK MAHAL

At a distance of 1 km from Madurai Meenakshi Temple and 3 km from Madurai Railway Station, Thirumalai Nayak Mahal is a palace complex constructed in the Indo-Saracen style by Thirumalai Nayak in 1636. The palace was designed by an Italian architect. This palace was the residence of the king Thirumalai and represented some amazing architecture and interiors.

Timings: 9 AM to 1 PM & 2 PM to 5 PM

Light and Sound show timings are 8:00 PM – 8:50 PM (Tamil show) and 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM (English show)

 

Best time to visit Madurai

With hot and dry climate for most of the year, during winters from October to February is the best time to visit Madurai

Places to visit near Madurai
  • Kodaikanal, a popular hill station in Tamil Nadu is 116 kilometers from Madurai.
  • Rameshwaram, pilgrimage center of the Hindus is 172  kilometers from Madurai.
  • Dhanushkodi, the endpoint of India is 191 kilometers from Madurai and 19 kilometers from Rameshwaram.
  • Ramanathapuram is 114 kilometers from Madurai and 55 kilometers from Rameshwaram.

 

 

City of Temples | Madurai | Tamil Nadu | India
City of Temples | Madurai | Tamil Nadu | India