TEMPLES IN MADURAI
There are many temples in Madurai, which are famous for their minute carvings, sculptures and unique idols. It can be said that Madurai is a pilgrim city where in pilgrims from all over the country come to worship and get the blessings all through the year.
SWAMY SUNDAREESWARAR SHRINE
This shrine lies to the North of the parrot cage hall. This hall is also dedicated to Lord Sundareeswarar and goddess Meenakshi. There also lied a huge statue of Shri Ganesh named as Mukkurini Pillaiyar. This statue was excavated and found near the temple tank. It is said that this statue should have been erected during the reign of Thirumalai Nayak.
This temple tank lays 5 km away from the Meenakshi temple. The total area of the tank is similar to that of the temple. The idol of Vinayaka is located in a hall at the center of the tank. During the festive occasions the goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareeswarar are floated in the tank and a band group follows the idols with trumpets and tom - toms. On the North of the tank lies a Mariamman temple, a famous deity of the Tamilians.
KOOODAL ALAGAR TEMPLE
The Vishnu temple here is even older than the Meenakshi temple. Lord Vishnu is depicted in ascending order of the positions standing, sitting and reclining. It is very awesome to watch this minute sculptures. So far, we have seen the different temples found in the Madurai city.
Kochadai village Deity Temple
This Temple is 5 Km away from Periyar Bus stand. Thousands of devotees all over Madurai District come to worship this Ayyanar. People who visit this temple gain health and wealth abundantly.
This Vishnu Temple is located 20 Km away from Madurai, near Othakkadai. The deity in this temple is Kalamega Perumal. There is also Sembagavalli Sudharsana or the Chakramis deity in this temple.
This is 25 Km away from Madurai. There is a Shiva Temple in this place. Shiva and Parvathi dwell in this temple. The Saiva Saint Manikka vasagar was born here.
This is situated 21 Km away from Madurai. This temple is located at Alagar foothill. It is believed that the Lord Vishnu came down to this hill to bless the marriage ceremony of Meenakshi and Sundareeswarar. There is a pazhamudirsolai, which is one of the 6 abodes of Lord Subramanya that lays 4 Kms away from the temple in the same hill.