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Madurai - Temple City

Madurai is the junction for all south part of Tamil Nadu, which has its own history. It has many names like Sleepless City (Thoongaa Nagaram), Temple City etc.

Madurai is one of the oldest cities of India, with a history dating all the way back to the Sangam period of the pre Christian era. The glory of Madurai returned in a diminished form in the earlier part of this millennium; it later on came under the rule of the Vijayanagar kingdom after its ransack by the ravaging armies of Delhi (Malik Kafur). During the 16th and 18th centuries, Madurai was ruled by the Nayak Emperors, the foremost of whom was Tirumalai Nayakar.

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Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple Towers

The Sangam age or the Golden age of Tamil literature produced masterpieces way back in the Pre christian era and in early 1st millennium . Madurai was the seat of the Tamil Sangam or Academy of learning. The entire city of Madurai, is built around the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple the temple par excellence. Concentric rectangular streets surround the temple, symbolizing the structure of the cosmos.

As early as the 3rd century BC, Megasthanes visited Madurai. Later many people from Rome and Greece visited Madurai and established trade with the Pandya kings. Madurai flourished till 10th century AD when it was captured by Cholas the arch rivals of the Pandyas.

The Cholas ruled Madurai from 920 AD till the beginning of the 13th century. In 1223 AD Pandyas regained their kingdom and once again become prosperous. Pandian Kings patronised Tamil language in a great way.

Madurai is surrounded by several "mountains". It is famous for Jasmine Flowers. Jasmine flowers are transported to other cities of India from Madurai.

Project Madurai is an open and voluntary initiative to collect and publish free electronic editions of ancient tamil literary classics. This means either typing-in or scanning old books and archiving the text in one of the most readily accessible formats ("ETEXTS") for use on all popular computer platforms.

Some of the text files will also be converted to HTML files, and put up on the World Wide Web servers so that anyone located anywhere may download a copy for personal use or read what we publish on the internet, free of charge. Please visit Project Madurai homepage for more details.

If you are from Madurai, Join Madurai People Network to get in touch Madurai people.


 
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