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Temples & Legends Of Tamilnadu
Preface Author
Introduction Kanyakumari
Gandhi Mandapam Maruda Malai
Suchindram Nagercoil
Tiruchendur Alwar Tirunagari
Srivaikuntam Nanguneri
Krishnapuram Tirunelveli
Papanasam Sankaranayinar Koil
Srivilliputhur Tirupparan- kunram
Madhurai Rameswaram
Darbhasayanam Tiruvadanai
Avadayar Koil Kaliyar Koil
Azhagar Koil

Palani

Tiruchirapalli Tiruvanaikkaval
Srirangam Tanjore
Punnainallur Tiruvalanchuzhi
Swamimalai Dharasuram
Saktimuttam Patteswaram
Mannargudi Vedaranyam
Tirunallar Karaikal
Tirukkadaiyur Mayavaram
Vaitheeswaran Koil Pullavane- swaram
Chayavanam Tiruvengadu
Shiyali Chidambaram
Tiruppatiripuliyur Tiruvannamalai
Kiratamar- jareswaram Madurantakam
Cheyyur Kancheepuram
Tirukkazhuk- kunram Mahabalipuram
Tirupporur Tiruvadantai
Tiruvanmiyur Mylapore
Triplicane Vadapalani
Tiruvottiyur Tirumullaivayil
Tiruvallur Tiruttani
Uppilliappan Koil Kumbakonam
Glossary Biblography
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

MADURAI

The temple city of Madurai is situated at a distance of 307 miles south of Madras on the main railway line. This is decidedly the
oldest city of South India, trulyrepresenting Dravidian culture. European scholars have compared it to Athens of Greece. It was in
the past the seat of the Tamil Academy (The Tamil Sangam). The city haschanged masters many a time, yet retained the essentials of culture.

History is obscure about the antiquity of this city. However, it is known that the Pandyan kings were the earliest rulers of
Madurai. The first king of Ceylon, Vijaya (500 B.C.), was the son-in-law of a Pandyan king. Megasthenes in 320 B.C. described Madurai as having been ruled by a Pandyan Princess. The ancient Greeks and Romans had intimate trade relations with Madurai, and Ptolemy refers to 'Modoura' as the Mediterranean Emporium of the South.

 

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