City of Temples

Have you ever been to a city where you find an idol of Hindu god/goddess in every nook and corner of the city? Where you find atleast 2-3 temples a lane? If not, visit the City of Temples: Madurai, known for the famous Meenakshi Temple.


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Gopuram at Meenakshi Temple.
POND
Pond at the temple.


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Top of Gopuram
I could just visit only three temples: Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madana Gopala Temple and Perumal Temple. The story of Goddess Meenakshi and her husband Sundareswaran's wedding is depicted through the carvings on the walls of the temple. You may find Lord Ganesha's idol or carving in every corner of the temple.
The following day we set ahead to Rameswaram well known for Setu Bridge. The temple here also shares a story: Lord Rama had to worship Lord Shiva's idol for the forgiveness of sin by killing a human. Lord Hanuman leaves in search of Lord Shiva's idol. By the time Hanuman arrives, Sita is done with Shiva's idol with sand. Angry over this, Hanuman pulls it. Rama Promises that the idol brought by Hanuman is always worshipped first. The idol made by Sita is called Spatika Linga.
Sands
Sands at the beach
Also said that there is a sangam of 2 seas.

LIGHTHOUSE
LightHouse from Rama Temple.
On the way from DhanushKodi.
Other places to see at Rameswaram are Dhanushkodi, Ramarpadam, Floating Stones, Rama Theertham, Lakshmana Theertham, Sita Theertham, Agni Theertham. Bridge is no longer visible.

One disadvantage is that we don't find any boards in Hindi or English. If you are well versed in Tamil, you can enjoy a lot. By the end of your journey or yaatra, one becomes familar with the words-thambi(brother) and amman koyil(Goddess Temple) :)

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