Monday, April 9, 2012

Madurai, City of Jasmine

This city situated on the banks of river Vaigai is one of the ancient city. Megasthenes had been here in the 3rd century BC, and he had then referred to this city as "Methora" in his works. As it is endowed with a rich cultural heritage and glorious traditions, Madurai is included in the group of antique cities present in India. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities.



During Later it was ruled by Cholas and then Nayaks. The city is home fo r literary wealth. The rulers of the city were great warriors, poets and connoisseurs of art. The city has been a center for learning and pilgrimage for centuries. Madurai is famous for its temples, monuments and ancient cultural wonders. It is even called ‘The Athens of the East’. The fragrance of Jasmine flowers of the city are unique, and hence it is called "City of Jasmine".

The places of interest in the city that I have seen are:

43 comments:

Snap said...

City of Jasmine ... how lovely!

Cloudia said...

wonders!


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Mary said...

What fabulous architecture and wonderful history! Thanks for sharing at MM. :)

Team G Square said...

Wow , didn't know about this fact ...

DeeBee L. said...

Great collage!

Bibi said...

I am so sorry I did not make it to Madurai when in southern India...next time.

joshidaniel.com said...

Meenakshi temple is something so beautiful :)

SM said...

beautiful temple pics

Jeevan said...

Beautiful collage and nice intro on Madurai! I need to revisit this city which i did a decade age.

Rizalenio said...

City of Jasmine - I want to go here to see and smell this city. Wonderful photos. :)

Mama Zen said...

How beautiful!

Carver said...

Very beautiful city and interesting information.

Sylvia K said...

Such a beautiful city, Rajesh! I love jasmine! Have a wonderful week!

Sylvia

Gary said...

Amazing how well preserved all these sites are. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Carol said...

Beautiful ancient city! City of Jasmine, very nice!

Lowell said...

More fascinating history! I like that bottom right picture showing those huge columns and would enjoy wandering about the city for a couple of days!

Al said...

Those are amazing temples, great shots. I can't wait to see more.

ladyfi said...

Another place full of wonders!

Leovi said...

Wonderful photos, I love Madurai.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful scenes from this ancient city. Thanks for sharing, have a great day!

LifeRamblings said...

how fascinating. i'd love to visit India again.

Ebie said...

I like that, Athens of the East!

anthonynorth said...

A beautiful cultural centre.

mrsnesbitt said...

Each week you bring India to Yorkshire, UK - MAGICAL! Thanks so much.
Denise ABC Team

photowannabe said...

Your country, its architecture, and history continue to boggle my mind.
It's always interesting to visit your posts.

Luna Miranda said...

those pillars are magnificent! Athens of the East--it's perfect.


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Jama said...

Must be lots of Jasmines over there!

George said...

This looks like a beautiful city. The upper left photo contains a gorgeous scene.

Roger Owen Green said...

one MAJESTIC place!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Eden said...

It's a beautiful place. Nice shots.

Asha Ram said...

Reminds me of my trip to Madurai. Loved that place!

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chubskulit said...

Wow, that is tall and beautiful!


Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

P.N. Subramanian said...

Some one has said Athens of the East. Very true.

Pietro said...

Interesting collage, Rajesh!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I can only imagine how wonderful it would be to live somewhere that beautiful with the scent of jasmine wafting through the air!

Genie said...

These are magnificent captures of unbelievable structures. There must be temples in even city in India. Your history lessons are so interesting. genie

Ann said...

do you know how many of these big temples there are?

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciation. We will explore this city more.

Vishal Rathod said...

One of the best one in TN . Thanks for sharing.

Indiawilds said...

I didn't knew that this is known as City of Jasmine. I think you should share some more images.

aliasgarmukhtiar mukhtiar said...

Nice one

D.Nambiar said...

Nice to know that Madurai is also called City of Jasmines.

Rajesh said...

Thank you all. I am glad you all liked it.