INTRODUCTION : The city of Madurai was planned and laid out on the pattern of a lotus flower, with the famous Meenakshi Temple in the centre. The foundation of this temple and the town is attributed to the Pandian King Kulasekhara.Legend goes that a drop of nectar from Lord Shiva’s locks fell here. So the city came to be named as Madurai, the city of Nectar.Madurai is very well connected with Chennai by air, rail and road routes.
ORIENTATION : The city of Madurai is situated on the banks of the river Vaigai and is bordered by three hills, known as Yanaimalai, Nagamalai and Pasumalai.It is located between 9.93º North Longitude and 78.12º East Latitude.
HISTORY : History dates back to say that Madurai is more than 2000 years old and it is one of the ancient and oldest city of India.Madurai is known for its cultural heritage.Madurai which houses the Tamil Sangam is the place where the first Tamil epic of India, Silappathikaaram was produced. The city is known for various other master pieces of Tamil literature. This famous pilgrimage centre was the capital of the Pandava dynasty. This sacred city is mentioned in almost all the holy scriptures of Hindus.