The Meenakshi Temple : It is the elegant twin temple of Sundareswarar and Meenakshi and the life of Madurai City revolves around this temple. The construction process of the temple began 2000 years ago. Contributions from different rulers and special contribution from Thirumalai Naicker, made this complex to extend by leaps and bounds over an area of 65000 sq.m and people rightly call this temple complex as a City of its own. Four Nine tier Gopurams, One Seven tier Chittirai gopuram, Five numbers of Five Tier Gopurams, Two Three Tier Gopurams and Two Golden Gopurams are the majestic towers of the temple. Because Golden Lotus for Indira’s Puja blossomed in the tank inside the temple, it is called as Golden Lotus Tank [Pon Thamarai Kulam]. The Hall of Thousand Pillar of the Thirumalai Naicker period is called as Ayiram kaal Mandapam in Tamil. The architectural excellence of this hall is that the pillars viewed from any angle will be on a straight line. The musical pillars carved out of stone decorate the corridors of the outer courts. Temple is open between 5.00 am and 12.30pm :: 4.00pm to 9.30pm.
Koodal Alagar : This is a temple in the heart of the City, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and one of the 108 Divya Desams. Koodal is another name for Madurai and Azhaghar means The beautiful hence he is called Koodal Azhagar. Koodal Azhagar in three postures: in Sitting posture as Koodal Azhagar , in Standing Posture as Sri Surya Narayanan, and Sri Ranganatha in Reclining Posture[ Lying down] are in three separate Sanctum Sanctorums one above the other. Convenient steps have been provided to reach all the floors. The shadows of Ashtanga vimanam ( tower ) do not fall on the ground. Lord Azhagar is taken on procession for a dip in the Vaigai River on the Chitra Paurnami Day [ Full Moon Day – Apr-May] is the most colourful festival that brings the entire Madurai Town to Stand Still. A 10 day float Festival is celebrated in the month of Masi [Feb-Mar] on the Masi Magam[star] day.
Mariamman Theppakulam : It is also called as Vandiyur
Mariamman Teppakulam just 2 kms from Meenakshi Temple in the Town.
Well laid out Underground water Channels connect this Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam.
It has 12 step Ghats on all four sides of the 16 acre Teppakulam measuring almost
300 meters by 300 meters in size. It is said that, this pit was dug to fetch sand
to build Thirumalai Nayakar Palace. The pit was later converted with brick work
as a Holy tank and Thirumalai Nayakar Built the Vandiyur Mariamman Temple too
on the northern side of the tank. In the middle of the tank there is a Mandapam
called Maiya Mandapam [center Mandapam] with a small Vinayagar
Temple and a Garden. The Float Festival at Mariamman Teppkulam
one of the most colourful temple festival, annually held in the month of Thai
[Jan-Feb] to mark the birth anniversary of King Thirumalai Nayak. Goddess Meenakshi
and Lord Sundareswarar are seated on an illuminated Float [Theppam]
colorfully decorated with flowers and the Theppam moves around
the tank with the traditional musical treat in the background, watched by thousands
Solai Malai Temple [Pazhamuthir Solai] : This temple is on the hillock reachable by a 3 km trekking on the Azhagar Malai from Azhagar Temple. This is the only one among Murugan’s Aru Padai Veedu temples, where He graces the devotees with His consorts Valli and Deivanai. The wedding festival is celebrated along with Skanda Sashti festival. Pazhamudircholai is a temple located about 16 kilometres north of Madurai atop a hillock covered with dense forests. One of the six important abodes [Arupadai Veedu] and close to the famous Azhagar Kovil [Lord Vishnu] . Divine Poet Avvaiyar, while relaxing under the Naval Tree, encountered Lord Murugan in the form of Shepherd Boy on that tree, who played a prank with her to make her realize that Materialism should be removed from the mind to visualize the truth and seek God. It is also said that the actual temple was Azhagar kovil relocated as Pazhamuthirsolai by the then ruler of Madurai – Thirumalai Naicker of the Nayaks dynasty.