Free Shipping in India  For Orders Valued More Than Rs. 500/-           Sign Up Now! Get 5% OFF

You have no items in your shopping cart.


Getting Familiar with Madurai - The Lotus City of India
A Look at the Temple Town
Madurai, the third largest city and the second largest municipality of Tamil Nadu is famous as a prominent religious place of South India. This ancient city, whose history of inhabitation dates back to 3rd Century BCE, is located on the banks of river Vaigai and is constructed in the shape of a lotus because of which it is also known as the Lotus City. The name of the city is derived from the Sanskrit word “Madhura”, meaning sweetness, which according to legend, refers to the divine shower of nectar made on the city by Lord Shiva from his matted hair.

History of Madurai:
When we look back into the history of Madurai we will get to learn that originally this place was a forest region which was called as Kadambavanam. Once upon a time a farmer named Dhananjaya on his way to work was crossing this forest and noticed that Lord Indra worshipping beneath a kadamba tree, a swayambhu , which is self created Shiva lingam. Dhananjaya went back to the king named Kulasekara Pandya and informed him about this incident. He soon took initiative to clear of the forest for construction of a temple surrounding the Lingam. Planning of a city was completed centering round this temple. The very next day the city was about to get its name when Lord Shiva appeared there and a drop of necter fell from his hair over this place. Based on this the city got its name Madurai - mathuram which means in Tamil language "sweetness".

Most Prominent Religious Sites
Madurai is famous for its various temples and other religious holy places. The most prominent of these have been described below.

Meenakshi Temple:  This is undoubtedly the most famous religious place in Madurai and is also referred to as the Madurai temple. Although the temple is dedicated to the Lord Shiva, but the temple is named on his wife Goddess Parvati who is also known by the name of Meenakshi. The temple was constructed around 2500 Ad and is spread over an area of nearly 6 hectares. Apart from its magnificent architecture and 12 gateways called Gopurams, the other prominent features of the temple include its 985 pillars and 14 towers. In addition visitors also like the bird’s eye view of the city which they can have from the top of the southern Gopuram.

Koodal Azhagar Temple:  Dedicated to Vishnu lord, Koodal Ashagar is one of the oldest temples of South India. The front of this temple features a huge statue of Lord Vishnu, which can be seen in three different positions namely sitting, standing and reclining.  The temple also has the coronations of Lord Rama, which are displayed in the form of wooden carvings.

 Kazimar Big Mosque and Maqbara:  This 13th century mosque is located just a kilometer away from the  of Railway Junction of Madurai. The mosque was built by Hazrat Kazi Syed Tajuddin of Oman, on this small area of land given to him by Kulasekara Pandya, a ruler from the Pandya dynasty. Known locally as Periya Pallivasal, which means big mosque, it has room for 2,500 people at once. The mosque also features a dargah of the successors of Prophet Muhammad.

Goripalayam Dargah: This largest mosque of Madurai is believed to have been constructed in the 13th century by Thirumalai Nayak. The mosque features two huge tombs and a dome which has a diameter of 70ft and a height of 20ft. The most amazing aspect of this tomb is that it is made from a single stone. The mosque also houses the graves of Hazrat Sulthan Shamsuddin Badusha (Radiyallah and) Hazrat Sulthan Alauddin Badusha (Radiyallah) of Oman, the two Muslim saints and rulers of Madurai. The dargah sees a huge rush of devotees especially during the annual Urs festival, which is organized on the 15th night of Islamic month of Rabi-al-awwal by the hijri calendar.

St. Mary’s Cathedral Church:  This church, which is located nearly 2 kms away from Madurai Railway Station, on the East Veli Street, is amongst the oldest Roman Catholic Churches of India. Its European and Continental style of architecture attracts numerous tourists from different parts of the world. The church, which was established in 1840 and is dedicated to Viagulamatha, features 42 ft high bell towers built in the Roman style. However, after its original construction, the church was rebuilt in 1916 and later in 1938 the bishop’s throne was established here. The church was bestowed with the status of a cathedral in 1969.

Thirumalai Nayak Palace:  This palace is located at a place which is 1.5 Km from Meenakshi temple which was built in the year 1636 by king Thirumalai. This palace is famous for its Stuccowork on the domes as well as for its impressive arches.


Travel Mode:

Planning to go this place via Indian Rail?

 Visit /‎ for knowing specific trains going to this place. You may book your train tickets at‎ 

Planning to go this place via Bus?


A Request

 Do you think, something more is to be added in the above information?

Or, you want to just share some sweet or sour experiences about this place?

Just click here for the same.

The whole AstroDevam team will be thankful to you.

We will try to implement your suggestions, in the best possible manner.

Your experiences will be published on this prestigious website, under your name.

Furthermore, Interesting suggestions and experiences will be rewarded by

So what are you waiting for?

Note: above information has been provided by, as a CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) endeavor.
Need Help?