September 11, 2010

Thirumalai Naayakkar Mahal

Thirumalai Naayakkar Mahal is one of the finest palaces in South India. Thiruamalai Naayakkar Mahal is in the heart of the Madurai city. This is my second visit to this place. Recently it has been renovated to give a bright look. For tourists an info, there is a Jigardhanda Ice-cream shop (a 2-3min walk from this place). This Jigardhanda is a unique ice-cream available only in this shop in Madurai. 

(Thirumalai Naayakar)

(Stout Pillars)

(இவன் மகான் அல்ல - He is not Mahatma)

Meenakshi Amman Temple

This is Madurai Meenakshi Temple. Archeologically it is a wonder of the world. It would take one complete day to visit every corner of the temple. The premises of the temple is maintained far better compared with the condition it was few years ago. However there were certain glitches like overhead telephone and power transmission lines.


(Rajesh and Muthu)

(A newly wedded couple (wedded) in the temple)

(I didn't like the last one)


Last month I was in Madurai for a marriage. I started the day with simple, classy, authentic South-Indian Idli (with three chutneys)  at famous Murugan Idli Shop. I met couple of my ex-colleagues and friends. Had a walk around the Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple. This temple is simply a marvelous construction. I really had a great time in capturing the high storied temple towers and the idols in my camera. At the foot of the temple towers there were many flower shops. They were selling Jasmine (முல்லை & ஜாதி மல்லி) in typical fashion. I liked the way they arrange it. I could find out a very good Tamil Literature book shop (Sarvodhaya Ilakkiya Pannai) wherde there were many books which I normally don't find in my town. In the evening I and our friends had a high thenir (thenir and delicious Bonda, Bajji) in a shop. On the whole the trip was awesome.