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About Madurai


About Madurai

Description about Madurai

Madurai is the ancient southern Indian city that has earned the sobriquet, 'Athens of the East', is a place of great historical importance.  Madurai the oldest city in South India, it stands on the banks of the sacred river Vaigai, eternalized in Lord Shiva's exploits in the 'Halasya Purana'. Madurai entirely famous for the temples dedicated to goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareswar.

History about Madurai

The history about Madurai can be traced back to the 3rd century BC. According to historical evidences, Megasthenes of Greece visited Madurai during that period. Historical records of Madurai prove that the city was under the reign of Pandiya rulers till 920 AD, when the Cholas defeated them. Cholas ruled Madurai for more than 300 years and were overthrown by the Pandiyas in 1223 AD. In 1311, Madurai was attacked by Malik Kafur, general of Alauddin Khilji. Madurai easily fell to the invading army and became a part of the Delhi Empire in 1323.

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Location: Madurai Residency, 14-15, West Marret Street, Madurai - 625 001

Phone: 0452 - 4380 000 (Hunting Line) Phone: 0452 - 4380 647 / 648 / 649 Phone: 0452 - 2343140 Fax: 0452 - 2341360

Sri Meenakshi Amman temple is one of the great monuments of engineering and sculpture art. This historical temple is just few miles away from Madurai Residency.