Monday, March 3, 2008

About Madurai: Temple City of Tamilnadu

India is the place of worship. In India, there are so many holy places are available. Among them, Madurai plays an important role. Its well developed structure, culture and civilizations show the prosperity of Madurai city. Madurai is popularly known as "Temple city", since it has so many temples. It has another name (i.e.,) Non-sleeping city. It is the second biggest city of Tamilnadu state. Madurai city is famous for Jasmine Flowers. It is the one of the South India's greatest temple town and is synonymous with the celebrated Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple situated on the banks of river Vaigai. Madurai was an important cultural and commercial centre even as early as 550 AD. It was the capital city for the great Pandya kings.

Pandyan King Kulasekarar built a great temple and created a lotus shaped city around the temple. On the day the city was to be named, as Lord shiva blessed the land and its people, divine nectar (Madhu) was showered on the city from his matted locks. This city was henceforth known as Madhurapuri. As far as Madurai is concerned, its structure looks like a Lotus. Of course, the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple is situated at the center of the city. This is the center part of the lotus. Around the temple, the city has been developed. Every street around the temple is named the Tamil month calendar name. Today the city is well developed with the latest technologies and become the spot for Information Technology Park. Now Madurai is becoming Tier II city.

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