Temples in Madurai, About the Temples, Best Time to Visit, Entry Fee, How to Reach the temple and the Address
Madurai offers the number of temples for the pilgrims. The city covers an area of 150 sq. KM. This city is called as the temple city of South India. The word Madurai is derived from Madhura which means sweetness. Temples in this city are of Dravidian style architecture.
There are the number of temples to be visited by the devotees on their visit to Madurai. Some of them are
1. Pazhamudhir Solai Temple Madurai
Pazhamudhir Solai Temple Madurai is an important place that is dedicated to Lord Murugan. This temple is located on the hill-top. The hill is known for its dense forest and the variety of trees that are filled with fruits. The stories say that the Tamil poetess Avvaiyar was given eyes of Lord Murugan at this hill.
The temple is said to be one of the 6 Arupadaiveedu, the place where Lord Murugan encountered the importance of his life events. Devotees can worship Lord Murugan along with his wives Goddess Sri Valli and goddess Dhevayani in the main temple. The temple is known for its intricate architecture.
Panguni Uthram, Aadi Krithigai and Vaikasi Visakam are celebrated grandly in this temple
Best time to Visit
One can visit the temple all throughout the year.
Free Entry but for Special Darshan one has to pay Rs 100.
How to Reach
Madurai Bus Station to Pazhamudhir Solai Temple – 20 KM
Railway Station to the temple – 25 KM
Madurai Airport to Pazhamudhir Temple – 41 KM
Sri Pazhamudhir Solai Murugan Temple, Alagar Hills R.F., Tamil Nadu 624401, India.
2. Pudhu Mandapam in Madurai
Pudhu Mandapam Madurai is the place located on the eastern part of the Meenakshi Amman Temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Sundareswarar. The temple was constructed by the King Thirumalai Nayakar between 1628 to 1635. This Mandapam is also known as the Vasantha Mandapam or the Puthu Mandapam. As the summer season homestead Goddess and the Lord, the corridor is changed into the beginning. The mandapam is constructed on a pedestal with25 toes on the top, 330 feet long and 105 feet wide and is adorned with 124 pillars.
Navarathri, Avani Moolam Festival, Chithirai Festival, and Theppam Festival are celebrated very grandly.
Morning – 9:00 AM to Evening – 9:00 PM
How to Reach
Madurai Bus Station to the Mandapam – 2 KM
Railway Station to Pudhu Mandapam – 2 KM
Madurai Airport to the Mandapam – 11 KM
Pudhu Mandapam, E Chitrai St, Chinnakadai Area, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001, India.
3. Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple Madurai
Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple Madurai is one among the 6 temples of Lord Murugan. The temple here is dedicated to Lord Murugan and is worshipped as Arupadaiveeduand was built in the 8th century during the Pandyan Reign.
The temple is carved out of a rock with separate temples of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Lord Ganesh, Goddess Durga, and many other prominent Hindu idols. The major attraction of this temple is that the Sun and the Moon can be seen together.
Architecture of Temple
The temple is well known for its architectural beauty and the structure of the temple can be mainly attributed to the Nayakar rule and Pandyan reign.
The innermost temple was cut out of the rock that consists of idols of Lord Shiva, Vishnu, Ganesh, Subramanya, and Goddess Durga. The main temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati in the form of Parangirinathar and Aavudai Nayaki. The temple has a special feature where Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu face each other and Lord Murugan replaces Nandi which Mouse as his vehicle.
The temple will be open from 5:00 AM to 1:00 PM and from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM on all days of the week.
Best time to Visit
The best time is in the months of March to April.
The Victory of Lord Murugan, defeating the Demons Suran which is celebrated as a 14-day festival.
How to Reach
Bus Station to the temple – 7 KM
From Railway Station to the temple – 7.7 KM
Madurai Airport to the temple – 9 KM
Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple, Thiruparankundram, Tamil Nadu 625005, India.
4. Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam is the temple located in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. The temple is 2 KM from Meenakshi Sundareswara Temple. The temple has a man-made pond in the middle. This pond receives the water from River Vaigai. The pond is surrounded by the granite steps on all the 4 sides with the Vigneswara Temple in the middle.
The Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam was built by Thirumalai Nayak in 1645 AD. It is the must-visit temple for tourists on their visit to Madurai. In the processes of building Thirumalai Nayak Palace, the sand was dug from the pond from this temple. During the digging process, Lord Ganesh idol was found from the earth. Later the underground channel of River Vaigai was connected here.
Teppoothsavam is celebrated in the month of January or February. This is organized to celebrate the birthday of King Thirumalai Nayak. The idols of Lord Sundareswarar and Goddess Meenakshi are brought here during this festival.
The temple will be open for 24 hours. The best time to visit the temple is from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Entry is for free.
How to Reach
Madurai Bus Station to the temple – 4 KM
Madurai Railway Station to the temple – 5.5 KM
Madurai Airport to the temple – 13 KM
Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam, Meenakshi Nagar, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625009, India.
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