Other than the phenominal Meenakshi temple there are several other temples in and around Madurai that are worth a visit. One of them is the Thiruparankundram Temple, Madurai. Located at a distance of about 8 km to the south of Madurai, the Thiruparankundram Temple is a rock cut temple that is dedicated to Lord Subramanya.
Tiruparankundram is one of the six main pilgrimage sites for the devotion of the son of Shiva - Muruga (also known as Subramanya),Tamil Hindu god of war and patron of Tamil Nadu. According to legend, the Lord married Deivyani, the daughter of Lord Indra at this place.The Tirupuramkundram Temple, Madurai dates back to the sixth century. The antiquity of Tirupuramkundram Temple can very well be gauged from the fact that it finds mention even in the Sangam Literature.
Best captivating feature of Thiruparankundram Temple are the 48 pillars with elegant carvings! Assurance is given that sculptural dexterity revealed in the seven tier gopuram leaves a mark on your mind. Each of the five cells within the sanctum of the temple is dedicated to a particular deity. Worshipped in the shrines of the Thiruparankundram Temple are Lord- Muruga, Durga, Vinayaka, Vishnu and Shiva. The images of Brahma, Indra, Surya, Chandra, Sri Devi and Bhoodevi carved on the walls adorn the interiors of the Thiruparankundram Temple.
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Sri Meenakshi Amman temple is one of the great monuments of engineering and sculpture art. This historical temple is just few miles away from Madurai Residency.