With the duration of my vacation slowly coming to an end, I still had a few places to visit in Madurai. Rising up a little later than usual in my hotel room I ordered for a cup of coffee. Sipping my coffee I was glancing at my must-visit list and decided to head for the next destination, the Tirupparankundram Murugan Temple, Madurai. Dressed in my last fresh pair of denims and a white shirt I started for the temple located in the outskirts of Madurai.
Reading online about the temple while travelling, I came to know that according to mythology it is the place where the marriage ceremony of Lord Murugan and Devyani, the daughter of Lord Indra
took place. The idols of the deities were really nice but the temple carved on the top of a hill did not have much impact on me, unlike the other temples of Madurai. But it certainly revealed the
love of the Tamil rulers in preserving art and culture of the Hindu tradition. The temple attracts a huge number of devotees, who come to worship Lord Murugan standing with his two beautiful
wives. There were a number of shops standing in rows on the either side of the temple entrance. People interested in paying offerings to the Gods were buying necessary items from these shops. The
rocky hill behind the temple was attracting me from quite some time and I was searching for a way to get there; at least I could use my mountaineering experiences there. Finally, getting a way to
get there I was satisfied a bit and sat on the top of a rock watching people visiting the temple. The colorful figures on the gopuram on the top of the entrance were a bit clearer from the top.
It took me by surprise, witnessing the perfect carvings and expression of the figures.
Though not meeting my expectation fully the Tirupparankundram Murugan Temple, Madurai had some really nice carvings and architectures, especially the panels depicting Lord Shiva’s Dance of Bliss along with other idols of Ganesha, Durga, Subramanya and Vishnu. The next place to be visited was Samanar Hills Madurai.