The highpoint of visits to temple cities is Madurai, spread along the rocky banks of the river Vaigai in the state of Tamil Nadu. Meenakshi Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort, Goddess Parvati (in the form of Meenakshi or Fish-eyed Goddess). The temple has a stunning architecture. It is literally a splendid art gallery with each stone, each image breathing the tradition of this ancient and vibrant culture. Kallazhagar Temple, in the outskirts of Madurai is one of the 108 Divya Desams of the Sree Vaishnava tradition. The ancient Tirupparamkunram temple enshrining Subramanya is one of the 6 Aarupadai Veedu shrines of Skanda. Also located in Madurai is the lesser known Shivastalam of Tiru Aappanoor enshrining Aappudaiyaar.
(Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai, Goa, Cochin, Kumarakom, Thekkady, Madurai, Chennai)
As dawn breaks over the mighty Ganges and you watch the faithful absolve their sins in her restorative waters, you’ll discover that India’s powerful spirituality is as tangible as the bank-side temples that are illuminated in the early-morning light.
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