The Old palace is dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi.
Alagarkoil and Pazhamudhirsolai:
This is located 21 Kms away from Madurai city. A Vishnu temple on a
picturesque wooded hill and Pazhamudhirsolai is one of the six abodes of
Lord Subramanya and this on the same hill about 4 Kms above Azhagarkoil.
The Grand Architecture- Meenakshi Temple:
The grand gopurams of the Meenakshi Sundareshwar Temple tower over the
city at the heart of which they stand. The temple complex covers 6
hectares right in the middle of the city and is flush with visitors from
all over, each and every day. The temple is dedicated to Shiva and
Meenakshi, an earthly incarnation of his wife Parvati, who was born to
the childless ruler after many a prayer.
The towers that loom overhead are famous for detailed carvings of the
gods and goddesses, mythological figures and running depictions of
legendary tales. The huge southern gopuram has over 1500 sculptures! The
Temple Museum is at the 'thousand- pillared hall' where each of the 985
pillars are carved in great detail. 5 km east of the temple is the
Mariamman Teppakulum tank where the annual Float Festival is held in
January. The Shiva Meenakshi idols are taken out of the temples and
float on decorated rafts for several days before returning.
Entry into the sanctum sanctorum of the Shiva temple is restricted to
Hindus, and in the Meenakshi temple to Hindu women.
The Chitirai Festival in April/May sees the idols being taken around on
their chariots in celebration of the divine marriage. The zestful
thumping of drums or nadaswarams accompanies the procession.