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Madurai Travel Guide: 116 reviews and 320 photos

Madurai is called the Athens of the east. So you can imagine the temples and ruins you expect.Madurai was founded during the Sangam period (BC) when Tamil literature flourished. Nowadays it is mainly the meenakshi temple.

This is one of the largest temples in India. Carved out of stone during the time of Kulasekhara Pandyan and later modified by naykars. There is a whopping 33 million sculptures in the temple. Over the centuries the stone carvings has acquired a metallic sheen .

Legend has it that Kannagi burned Madurai for the ill treatment meted out to her husband ( Chilappathikaram.)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:architectural wonder
  • Cons:pity that non hindus are not allowed in the sanctum sanctorum
  • Last visit to Madurai: Aug 2009
  • Intro Updated Sep 28, 2009
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  • elpariente's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    your tips are very interesting and they are helping us to prepare our next travel
    We will take in mind the closing hours
    Thank you
    Gracias !!!

    • 6aruna's Profile Photo
      Jan 16, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      wellcome,Take it one step at a time.India is not for everyone.It is an assault.

    • elpariente's Profile Photo
      Jan 16, 2013 at 10:40 PM

      We were in the North of India many , many years ago and we have a great memory for those days

  • marvelous_girl's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    this tample seems to be very beautiful

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Dec 8, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Hi Aruna- I have read so much about Meenakshi Temple- I absolutely will visit it on next India trip. Looks awesome. Nice page.

  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2009 at 3:19 AM

    Wow. The Maduri Meenakshi Temple is gorgeous. Thanks for the most interesting tour.


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