The Timeless Tamil Roots of Madurai

0 Posted by - May 3, 2014 - Culture, Dance, History, Religion

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Tamil Nadu

With a name that means “sweetness” in Tamil, Madurai comes across as any other medium-sized Indian city, with its concrete buildings and streets clogged with traffic. But as you near its center, you find an elegant plan of concentric roads surrounding one if the holiest temples in South India, the Meenakshi Temple. This is Madurai, a city that is said to have been showered with divine nectar by the Hindu god Shiva and where the cacophony of voices and temple bells are everywhere.

Madurai has long been an academic center of learning for Tamil culture, literature, art, music and dance for centuries. It is famous for its Jasmine Flowers that are grown in “Madurai Malli” plantations and transported to other cities of India!

Nickname: Thoonga Nagaram (the city that never sleeps), Malligai Maanagar (city of Jasmines), The Athens of India

1,017,865 (approx)
The cuisine of the food in Madurai is Chettinadu cuisine and represents the true taste of Tamil Nadu. Some exclusive dishes include Paruthi paal, jigarthanda, panangkarkandu paal, kuzhi paniyaram and the cuisine is often celebrated as “Manadirkku idhamana sappadu”.
The average literacy of the city is 81.95% . There is a majority of regional Hindus with a sizeable number of Christians and Muslims
Meenakshi Amman Temple, Koodal Azhagar Temple, Pazhamudircholai, Kazimar Big Mosque, Thiruparankundram, Goripalayam Mosque, St. Mary’s Cathedral

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