We had a traditional Tamil Nadu style meals at pure veg Modern restaurant, near to south gopuram of Meenakshi amman temple.Its worth full meals at 100/-, every items satisfies the taste buds of every food loverWe are not allowed to carry mobile phones inside temple and hence we can deposit it near clock room near temple entranceSo could not click pictures in camera, but they rest in our heart for ever. At Meenakshi temple, we can take ticket for quick darshan 50/- for Meenakshi amma and 50/- for Sundareswarar darshan.We can witness 3D paining after coming out of Sundareswarar darshan. There is a Shiva lingam painting on the ceiling of temple that appears to be looking towards us when seen from all 4 directions which was done in 2009. Local guide or audio guide can give few more such specialties within the templeI cannot forget to mention about 'Jigardanda', Madurai special food when writing this. It depends on individual if they like it or not unlike other things this has a special flavor.After tasting few more snacks at nearby shops, we started towards Pillayarpatti
When you are in Madurai the first thing that you have to visit is the World Famous Meenakshi Temple. Located in the center of the city and known for its historic and religious significance, this was one of the biggest temples on our South India Temple Tour. The temple is famous all over the world for its belief in Hindu mythology Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. The architecture of this temple is simply brilliant and you are left in awe of the creativity and craftsmanship of people during that era. The temple derives its name from the Sanskrit work Meenakshi meaning fish-eyed and attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims every year. The temple can be easily reached by bus, rail or flight from all major cities in the country, the most popular being Chennai.
Also referred to as Minakshi-Sundareshwara temple, this is a historic Hindu temple located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River. The temple is so rich in it's heritage that it re defines Dravidian Architecture and is a must visit to know more about our architecture. Also witnessed A light and sound show in Thirumalai Nayagar Palace.
Starting my day with a blessing from Madurai Meenakshi Temple.It was raining on my birthday and the Madurai Meenakshi temple, which is the heart of Madurai, is where I started my day and took the blessings of Goddess Meenakshi. Meenakshi temple is famous for its 4 Gopurams situated in all four directions. According to the story, of this temple, Goddess Meenakshi Amman, who was the reincarnation of Shiva’s wife Goddess Parwati, was promised by Lord Shiva that she will marry her once she reaches a marriageable age.
Meenakshi Amman temple - I headed straight to the temple after visiting the dam. It was pouring in heavily that night and lucky enough for me, I had a good darshan.Since the town is small, all the places to visit, boarding and lodging in close vicinity.To eat:Interestingly, the origin of famous south Indian breakfast Idly was at Madurai. After scouting for best places to eat,I came up with a few options to savor my taste buds.Vegetarian:-1. Sabareesh Restaurant2. Lakshmi BhavanNon vegetarian lovers:-1. Palmgrove restaurant2. Carnival RestaurantTo stay:All the hotels at Madurai are in close vicinity to the temple. They are within walkable stretch and the localities are friendly enough to guide us the path. The last two times I visited Madurai, I stayed at the following hotels1. Treebo Berry's boutique2. Purple tree west MarretBoth the hotels are decent, affordable and clean. While I had an issue with Treebo with payment which wasted two hours of my time in argument, stay at Purple tree hotel was neat and accommodative with no issues whatsoever.