Madurai, “Athens of the East”

Madurai is one of the ancient Indian cities of South with a glorious  history. Said to be the oldest city in South  India, Madurai stands on the banks of the sacred river Vaigai,  eternalized in Lord Shiva’s exploits in the ‘Halasya Purana’. It is  famous for its world acclaimed Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple. About 9,100,000 tourists visited Madurai in 2010, including 524,000 foreigners.

The city of Madurai has been constructed in the form of a lotus and is  built around the temple. Owing to its rich cultural heritage and  architectural splendor, the city is often referred to as the ‘Athens of  the East’. The origin of Madurai dates back to the Sangam period, the  golden period of Tamil Literature.

The Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple or Meenakshi Amman Temple is one of  the most famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and goddess  Parvati located in the holy city of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. It is  commonly referred to as the Meenakshi temple.

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