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Religion is like oxygen to Indians. Travelling to these pilgrimagedestinations in India is like seeing India inside-out. The onlycondition is that you are determined enough to get out there andexplore.

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Pilgrimage to Madurai

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Temple city Madurai is situated on the banks of the River Vaigai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Also known as Madura, the city of Madurai, was once the capital of the Pandya kings of South India. With a rich cultural heritage of more than 2500 era, Madurai is considered among the historic cities of the India. With several temples, monuments and ancient cultural wonders this place is weighed with the Athens and even called 'The Athens of the East'. It is like any other religious cities of India welcome a large number of devotees from India and abroad.
Visit to Meenakshi-Sundareswara Temple
Built by the early Pandya King Kulasekara, The Meenakshi-Sundareswara temple is one of the India's cultural and architectural landmarks. It was said that that the extra breast would disappear, when she met the man she was supposed to marry. This happened when she met Lord Shiva on Mount Kailas. Shiva arrived in Madurai as Lord Sundereswara and married her.

Meenakshi Temple

This temple is well revered through out the country. The most stunning feature of this temple is its lotus-like formation, concentric architectural style, Dravidian style of murals, Ayiramkaal Mandapam and twin temple.

With several gopurams adorned with multi-coloured images of gods, goddesses, animals and mythical figures, Shree Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple is an excellent example of Dravidian architecture. The temple has a museum with in the temple premises, which is known as Temple Art Gallery.

Azhagar Koil, Madurai
Located 21-km northwest of Madurai this temple is dedicated to the lord Vishnu. re Lord Vishnu presides as Meenakshi's brother 'Azhagar'. This Vishnu Temple is located on a picturesque wooded hill. During the Chitrai festival a procession is carried out from Azhagar Kovil to Madurai for wedding ritual.

Devine abode of Lord Subramanya this temple is also located on the same hill as the Vishnu Temple. Located next to a natural spring Nuburagangai, It is considered as the one of the six places on earth.

Festival of Madurai
Festivals of Madurai also reflect an exclusive religious flavor. People from all the caste and religion enjoy these festivals with equal endeavor.

Teppam Festival
This is the annual Float Festival, wherein the images of Shree Meenakshi and Lord Sundareswara are mounted on floats. Then those images are taken to Mariamman Teppakkulam Tank. After few days before taken back to the main temple, a Colorful procession take place.

Chithirai Festival
Celebrated during the month of March-April, Chithirai Festival observes the marriage of Shree Meenakshi to Lord Sundereswara. Amidst of the echoing notes of the nadaswaram and the drums, an elaborately decorated chariot bearing the images of the divine couple, is taken around the city.

How to Reach Madurai
Being one of the most frequented by tourists from all over the world Madurai is well accessible from the rest of the world. The closest airport is Chennai Airport, where the closest railway station is also in Chennai Railway Station. There are government and private buses, which will take you in and around Madurai. For travel within the city, state government owned buses are cheap, as a 5km trip costing you just Rs.3/-. You can also hire cars from the various travel agents who are operating tour and car rental services in Madurai. Average car rental to go to places is Rs.600-650. For local transport you also can relay on Auto rickshaws, which are un-metered. Pre-negotiation is advisable. The legal rate is Rs10 per km of travel during day time and Rs 15 per km during night