Madurai is a 2600 years old historical
city surrounded by elegant natural plantations, technical institutes
and textile mills situated in Tamilnadu, India.
The city is known for its rich heritage, culture and historical background
in the sense that Lord Shiva himself performed sixty-four wonders called "Thiruvilaiyadals" in
Madurai many centuries ago. Madurai is located on banks of river Vaigai
and was the capital of Pandya kingdom.
is the busiest commercial center in south Tamilnadu. This sacred city
of south India attracts thousands
of pilgrims and visitors
from India and abroad. Legend says, Madurai was once called forest KADAMBAVANAM.
Once a merchant named Dhananjaya who was passing through the forest,
saw INDRAN - the king of Gods, worshipping a SWAYAMBHULINGAM under a
kadamba tree in the forest. This was reported immediately to the king
KULASHEKARA PANDYAN. Kulashekara cleared the forest and built a magnificent
Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple around the sacred LINGAM and he built
a lotus shaped city around the temple. On the naming ceremony of the
city, Lord Shiva appeared magnificently to bless the city. The divine
nectar (madhu) from the matted locks of Shiva fell on the blessed city.
So, then the city was named "Madhurapuri". Madurai has reference
in the great Indian epics - Ramayana , Kautilyas and Arthasastra.