Madurai is one of the major cities in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is the administrative headquarters of Madurai District, the second largest city (after chennai) in Tamil Nadu and 25th most populated city in India.[3] Located on the banks of River Vaigai, Madurai has been a major settlement for two millennia. Madurai is closely associated with the Tamil language, and the third Tamil Sangam, a major congregation of Tamil scholars said to have been held in the city. The recorded history of the city goes back to the 3rd century BCE, being mentioned by Megasthenes, the Greek ambassador to the Maurya empire, and Kautilya, a minister of the Mauryan emperor Chandragupta Maurya. Signs of human settlements and Roman trade links dating back to 300BC are evident from excavations by Archeological Survey of India in Manalur.[4][5][6] The city is believed to be of significant antiquity and has been ruled, at different times, by the Pandyas, Cholas, Madurai Sultanate, Vijayanagar Empire, Madurai Nayaks, Carnatic kingdom, and the British East India Company British Raj. The city has a number of historical monuments, with the Meenakshi Amman Temple and Tirumalai Nayak Palace being the most prominent. Madurai is an important industrial and educational hub in South Tamil Nadu. The city is home to various automobile, rubber, chemical and granite manufacturing industries.[7] Madurai has important government educational institutes such as the Madurai Medical College, Homeopathic Medical College,[8] Madurai Law College, Agricultural College and Research Institute. Madurai city is administered by a municipal corporation established in 1971 as per the Municipal Corporation Act. The city covers an area of 147.97 km2 and had a population of 1,017,865 in 2011.[9] The city is also the seat of a bench of the Madras High Court. The Madurai Bench has been functioning since 2004.


1 Etymology 2 History 3 Architecture 4 Geography and climate 5 Demographics 6 Administration and politics 7 Transport

7.1 Road 7.2 Rail 7.3 Air

8 MADURAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 9 Education 10 Economy 11 Religious sites 12 Culture, tourism and entertainment 13 Media and utility services 14 See also 15 Notes 16 References 17 External links

Etymology[edit] The city is referred by various names including "Madurai", "Koodal", "Malligai Maanagar", "Naanmadakoodal" and "Thirualavai". The word Madurai may be derived from Madhura (sweetness) arising out of the divine nectar showered on the city by the Hindu god Siva from his matted hair.[10] Another theory is that Madurai is the derivative of the word Marutham, which refers to the type of landscape of the Sangam age. A town in the neighbouring Dindigul district is called Vada Madurai (North Madurai) and another in Sivagangai district is called Manamadurai. The different names by which the city has been referred to historically are listed in the 7th-century poem Thiruvilayaadal puraanam written by Paranjothi Munivar.[10][11] Koodal means an assembly or congregation of scholarly people, referring to the three Tamil Sangams held at Madurai. Naanmadakoodal, meaning the junction of four towers, refers to the four major temples for which Madurai was known for.[10] Tevaram, the 7th- or 8th-century Tamil compositions on Shiva by the three prominent Nayanars (Saivites), namely Appar,[12] Sundarar and Thirugnanasambandar,[13][14] address the city as Thirualavai.[10][15] As per Iravatham Mahadevan, a 2nd-century BCE Tamil-Brahmi inscription refers to the city as matiray, an Old Tamil word meaning a "walled city".[16] History[edit]

Hand coloured antique wood engraving drawn by W. Purser (1858) shows Madurai city as seen from the north bank of the Vaigai river

Madurai has been inhabited since at least the 3rd century BCE.[17] Megasthenes may have visited Madurai during the 3rd century BCE, with the city referred as "Methora" in his accounts.[10] The view is contested by some scholars who believe "Methora" refers to the north Indian city of Mathura, as it was a large and established city in the Mauryan Empire.[18] Madurai is also mentioned in Kautilya's (370–283 BCE)[19] Arthashastra.[10] Sangam literature like Maturaikkāñci records the importance of Madurai as a capital city of the Pandyan dynasty.[20][21] Madurai is mentioned in the works of Roman historians Pliny the Younger (61 – c. 112 CE), Ptolemy (c. 90 – c. CE 168), those of the Greek geographer Strabo (64/63 BCE – c. 24 CE),[22] and also in Periplus of the Erythraean Sea.[11]

Pandyan dynasty Map at its greatest extent

Coin of Jalaluddin Ahsan Khan, first ruler of the Sultanate of Madurai, 1335–1339 CE

After the Sangam age, most of present-day Tamil Nadu, including Madurai, came under the rule of the Kalabhra dynasty, which was ousted by the Pandyas around 590 CE.[23][24] The Pandyas were outsted from Madurai by the Chola dynasty during the early 9th century.[25] The city remained under the control of the Cholas until the early 13th century, when the second Pandyan empire was established with Madurai as its capital.[25] After the death of Kulasekara Pandian (1268–1308 CE), Madurai came under the rule of the Delhi Sultanate.[25] The Madurai Sultanate then seceded from Delhi and functioned as an independent kingdom until its gradual annexation by the Vijayanagar Empire in 1378 CE.[26] Madurai became independent from Vijayanagar in 1559 CE under the Nayaks.[26] Nayak rule ended in 1736 CE and Madurai was repeatedly captured several times by Chanda Sahib (1740 – 1754 CE), Arcot Nawab and Muhammed Yusuf Khan (1725 – 1764 CE) in the middle of 18th century.[10] In 1801, Madurai came under the direct control of the British East India Company and was annexed to the Madras Presidency.[27][28] The British government made donations to the Meenakshi temple and participated in the Hindu festivals during the early part of their rule.[29] The city evolved as a political and industrial complex through the 19th and 20th centuries to become a district headquarters of a larger Madurai district.[29] In 1837, the fortifications around the temple were demolished by the British.[30] The moat was drained and the debris was used to construct new streets – Veli, Marat and Perumaal Mesthiri streets.[31] The city was constituted as a municipality in 1866 CE.[32] The British government faced initial hiccups during the earlier period of the establishment of municipality in land ceiling and tax collection in Madurai and Dindigul districts under the direct administration of the officers of the government.[33] The city, along with the district, was resurveyed between 1880 and 1885 CE and subsequently, five municipalities were constituted in the two districts and six taluk boards were set up for local administration.[33] Police stations were established in Madurai city, housing the headquarters of the District Superintendent.[33] Under the British Madurai prospered. It was in Madurai, in 1921, that Mahatma Gandhi, pre-eminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India, first adopted the loin cloth as his mode of dress after seeing agricultural labourers wearing it.[34] Leaders of the independence movement in Madurai included N.M.R. Subbaraman[35][36] and Mohammad Ismail Sahib.[37] The Temple Entry Authorization and Indemnity Act passed by the government of Madras Presidency under C. Rajagopalachari in 1939 removed restrictions prohibiting Shanars and Dalits from entering Hindu temples. The temple entry movement was first led in Madurai Meenakshi temple by independence activist A. Vaidyanatha Iyer in 1939.[38][39] Architecture[edit]

Map of Madurai showing centre of the city and some important landmarks

Madurai is built around the Meenakshi Amman Temple, which acted as the geographic and ritual centre of the ancient city of Madurai.[40] The city is divided into a number of concentric quadrangular streets around the temple.[40] Vishwanatha Nayak (1529–64 CE), the first Madurai Nayak king, redesigned the city in accordance with the principles laid out by Shilpa Shastras (Sanskrit: śilpa śāstra, also anglicised as silpa sastra meaning rules of architecture) related to urban planning. These squares retain their traditional names of Aadi, Chittirai, Avani-moola and Masi streets, corresponding to the Tamil month names and also to the festivals associated.[40] The temple prakarams (outer precincts of a temple) and streets accommodate an elaborate festival calendar in which dramatic processions circumambulate the shrines at varying distances from the centre. The temple chariots used in processions are progressively larger in size based on the size of the concentric streets.[41] Ancient Tamil classics record the temple as the centre of the city and the surrounding streets appearing liken a lotus and its petals.[11] The city's axes were aligned with the four quarters of the compass, and the four gateways of the temple provided access to it.[42] The wealthy and higher echelons of the society were placed in streets close to the temple, while the poorest were placed in the fringe streets.[42] With the advent of British rule during the 19th century, Madurai became the headquarters of a large colonial political complex and an industrial town; with urbanisation, the social hierarchical classes became unified.[43] Geography and climate[edit]

Vaigai river in Madurai


Climate chart (explanation)


    20     30 20

    14     32 21

    18     35 23

    55     37 25

    70     38 26

    40     38 26

    50     36 25

    104     35 25

    119     34 24

    188     32 24

    145     30 23

    51     29 21

Average max. and min. temperatures in °C

Precipitation totals in mm

Imperial conversion


    0.8     86 68

    0.5     90 70

    0.7     95 73

    2.2     99 77

    2.8     100 79

    1.6     100 79

    1.9     96 77

    4.1     95 77

    4.7     93 75

    7.4     90 75

    5.7     86 73

    2     84 70

Average max. and min. temperatures in °F

Precipitation totals in inches

Madurai is located at 9°56′N 78°07′E / 9.93°N 78.12°E / 9.93; 78.12.[44] It has an average elevation of 101 metres. The city of Madurai lies on the flat and fertile plain of the river Vaigai, which runs in the northwest-southeast direction through the city, dividing it into two almost equal halves.[45] The Sirumalai and Nagamalai hills lie to the north and west of Madurai.[46] The land in and around Madurai is utilised largely for agricultural activity, which is fostered by the Periyar Dam.[46] Madurai lies southeast of the western ghats, and the surrounding region occupies the plains of South India and contains several mountain spurs.[47] The soil type in central Madurai is predominantly clay loam, while red loam and black cotton types are widely prevalent in the outer fringes of the city.[48] Paddy is the major crop, followed by pulses, millet, oil seed, cotton and sugarcane.[48] The municipal corporation of Madurai has an area of 147.97 km2.[45][49] Madurai is hot and dry for eight months of the year.[50] Cold winds are experienced during February and March as in the neighbouring Dindigul.[50] The hottest months are from March to July.[50] The city experiences a moderate climate from August to October, tempered by heavy rain and thundershowers, and a slightly cooler climate from November to February.[50] Fog and dew are rare, occurring only during the winter season.[50] Being equidistant from mountains and the sea, it experiences similar monsoon pattern with Northeast monsoon and Southwest monsoon, with the former providing more rain during October to December.[50] The average annual rainfall for the Madurai district is about 85.76 cm.[51] Temperatures during summer generally reach a maximum of 40 °C and a minimum of 26.3 °C, although temperatures up to 42 °C are not uncommon.[52] Winter temperatures range between 29.6 °C and 18 °C. A study based on the data available with the Indian Meteorological Department on Madurai over a period of 62 years indicate rising trend in atmospheric temperature over Madurai city, attributed to urbanisation, growth of vehicles and industrial activity.[52] The maximum temperature of 42 °C for the decade of 2001 – 2010 was recorded in 2004 and in 2010.[52]

Climate data for Madurai, India (1971–2000)

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °C (°F) 39.1 (102.4) 38.5 (101.3) 41.7 (107.1) 42.1 (107.8) 45.5 (113.9) 42.2 (108) 40.6 (105.1) 40.0 (104) 39.8 (103.6) 40.0 (104) 38.0 (100.4) 37.0 (98.6) 44.5 (112.1)

Average high °C (°F) 30.6 (87.1) 33.2 (91.8) 35.8 (96.4) 37.3 (99.1) 41.18 (106.12) 36.8 (98.2) 36.0 (96.8) 35.7 (96.3) 34.8 (94.6) 32.7 (90.9) 30.6 (87.1) 29.7 (85.5) 34.2 (93.6)

Average low °C (°F) 20.1 (68.2) 21.1 (70) 23.0 (73.4) 25.4 (77.7) 26.1 (79) 26.1 (79) 25.6 (78.1) 25.3 (77.5) 24.3 (75.7) 23.6 (74.5) 22.6 (72.7) 21.1 (70) 23.7 (74.7)

Record low °C (°F) 15.6 (60.1) 10.5 (50.9) 16.9 (62.4) 19.4 (66.9) 17.8 (64) 17.8 (64) 19.4 (66.9) 20.6 (69.1) 18.5 (65.3) 18.9 (66) 17.2 (63) 16.7 (62.1) 10.5 (50.9)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 7.4 (0.291) 11.8 (0.465) 14.1 (0.555) 37.1 (1.461) 72.6 (2.858) 32.0 (1.26) 83.2 (3.276) 80.3 (3.161) 146.9 (5.783) 159.4 (6.276) 140.3 (5.524) 53.0 (2.087) 838.0 (32.992)

Average precipitation days 0.9 1.1 1.1 2.4 4.4 2.0 3.6 4.1 7.8 8.1 6.3 3.4 45.1

Source: Indian Meteorological Department Mean data from 1971–2000[53][54]


Historical population

Year Pop. ±%

1951 361,781 —    

1961 424,810 +17.4%

1971 549,114 +29.3%

1981 820,891 +49.5%

1991 940,989 +14.6%

2001 928,869 −1.3%

2011 1,017,865 +9.6%


1951 – 1981:[55] 1991:[56] 2001:[57] 2011:[58]

According to 2011 census based on per-expansion limits, the area covered under the Madurai Municipal Corporation had a population of 1,017,865[58] with a sex-ratio of 999 females for every 1,000 males, much above the national average of 929.[59] A total of 100,324 were under the age of six, constituting 51,485 males and 48,839 females. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes accounted for 6.27% and .31% of the population respectively. The average literacy of the city was 81.95%, compared to the national average of 72.99%.[60] The urban agglomeration of Madurai had a population of 1,465,625,[61] and is the third largest in Tamil Nadu and the 31st in India.[62][63]

Religion in Madurai (2011)











According to the religious census of 2011, Madurai had 85.8% Hindus, 8.5% Muslims, 5.2% Christians and 0.5% others.[64] Tamil is spoken by most, and the standard dialect is the Madurai Tamil dialect.[10][65][66] Saurashtra is also spoken by some significant minorities.[67] Roman Catholics in Madurai are affiliated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Madurai,[68] while Protestants are affiliated with the Madurai-Ramnad Diocese of the Church of South India.[69] In 2001, Slum-dwellers comprise 32.6 per cent of the total population, much higher than the national average of 15.05 per cent.[70][71] The increase in growth rate to 50 per cent from 1971 to 1981 is due to the city's upgrade to a municipal corporation in 1974 and the subsequent inclusion of 13 Panchayats into the corporation limits.[72] The decline in the population growth rate between 1981 and 2001 is due to the bifurcation of Madurai district into two, Madurai and Dindigul in 1984, and the subsequently of part of the city into the Theni district in 1997.[72] The compounded annual growth rate dropped from 4.10 per cent during 1971–81 to 1.27 per cent during 1991–2004.[72] Administration and politics[edit]

Municipal Corporation Officials

Mayor Seat vacant [73]

Commissioner Dr Aneesh Sekhar [74]

Deputy Mayor K.Thiraviam[75]

Members of Legislative Assembly

Madurai Central P.T.R. Palanivel Thiagarajan[76]

Madurai East P.Moorthy[76]

Madurai North V. V. Rajan Chellappa[76]

Madurai South S.S.Saravanan[76]

Madurai West Sellur K. Raju[76]

Thiruparankundram A.K.Bose[77]

Member of Parliament

Madurai R. Gopalakrishnan[78]

Building of the Madurai Bench of Madras High court

The municipality of Madurai was constituted on 1 November 1866 as per the Town Improvement Act of 1865.[32] The municipality was headed by a chairperson and elections were regularly conducted for the post except during the period 1891 to 1896, when no elections were held due to violent factionalism. During the early years of independent India, the Madurai municipality was dominated by reformists of the Indian National Congress.[79] Madurai was upgraded to a municipal corporation on 1 May 1971[80] as per the Madurai City Municipal Corporation Act, 1971.[81] It is the second oldest municipal corporation in Tamil Nadu, after Chennai.[80] The functions of the municipality are devolved into six departments: General, Engineering, Revenue, Public Health, Town planning and the Computer Wing.[82] All these departments are under the control of a Municipal Commissioner, who is the supreme executive head.[82] The legislative powers are vested in a body of 100 members, one each from the 100 wards. The legislative body is headed by an elected Mayor assisted by a Deputy Mayor.[83] The corporation received several awards in 2008 for implementing development works.[84]

Front view of the corporation office

The city of Madurai is represented in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly by six elected members, one each for the Madurai East, Madurai West, Madurai North, Madurai Central, Madurai South and thirupparankundram constituencies.[85] Madurai is also a part of the Madurai Lok Sabha constituency and elects a member to the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Parliament of India, once every five years.[85][86] From 1957, the Madurai parliament seat was held by the Indian National Congress seven times in the 1962–67,[87] 1971–77,[88] 1977–80,[89] 1980–84,[90] 1984–89,[91] 1989–91[92] and 1991 elections.[93] The Communist Party of India (Marxist) won the seat three times during 1967–71,[94] 1999–2004[95] and 2004–09[96] general elections. The Communist Party of India (1957–61[97]), Tamil Maanila Congress (Moopanar) (1996–98[98]), Janata Party (1998[99]), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (2009–2014[100]) and All India Anna Dravida Munnertra Kazhagam (2014–2019) [78] have each won once. Law and order is enforced by the Tamil Nadu Police, which, for administrative purposes, has constituted Madurai city as a separate district.[101] The district is divided into four sub-divisions, namely Thallakulam, Anna Nagar, Thilagar Thidal and Town,[101] with a total of 27 police stations.[102] The Madurai city police force is headed by a Commissioner of police, assisted by Deputy Commissioners. Enforcement of law and order in the suburban areas are handled by the Madurai district police.[103] In 2008, the crime rate in the city was 283.2 per 100,000 people, accounting for 1.1 per cent of all crimes reported in major cities in India, and it was ranked 19th among 35 major cities in India. As of 2008, Madurai recorded the second highest SLL (Special and Local Laws) crimes, at 22,728, among cities in Tamil Nadu.[104] However, Madurai had the second lowest crime rate at 169.1 of all the cities in Tamil Nadu.[104] The city is also the seat of a bench of the Madras High Court, one of only a few outside the state capitals of India. It started functioning in July 2004.[105] Transport[edit] Main article: Transport in Madurai

Mattuthavani Bus Stand

Madurai Railway junction, the main railway station of Madurai

A view of Madurai Airport

Road[edit] The National Highways NH 7, NH 45B, NH 208 and NH 49 pass through Madurai.[106] The state highways passing through the city are SH-33, SH-72, SH-72A, SH-73 and SH-73A which connect various parts of Madurai district.[107] Madurai is one of the seven circles of the Tamil Nadu State Highway network.[107] Madurai is the headquarters of the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (Madurai) and provides local and inter-city bus transport across the districts of Madurai, Dindigul, Sivagangai, Theni, Virudhunagar.[108] Madurai has five bus terminals, namely, Mattuthavani Bus Terminus (MIBT), Arappalayam Bus Terminus, Periyar Bus stand, Complex bus stand (opposite to periyar bus stand) and Omni bus stand.[109] There are 12,754 registered three-wheeled vehicles called auto rickshaws, which are commercially available for renting within the city.[110] In addition to the government operated city buses, there are 236 registered private mini-buses that support local transportation.[110] Rail[edit] Madurai Junction is the major railway station serving the city. It is an important railway junction in southern Tamil Nadu and is one of the top 100 booking stations in Indian Railways.[111] It is the headquarters of the Madurai division of the Southern Railway.[112] There are direct trains from connecting Madurai with major cities and towns across India.[111] The state government announced a Mono rail project for Madurai in 2011, which is in planning stages.[113] There are ten other sub urban railway stations serving the city. other railway stations

Thirupparankundram Koodal Nagar Madurai East Silaiman Vadapalanji Nagamalai West

Air[edit] MADURAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT[edit] Madurai airfield was first used by the Royal Air Force in World War II in 1942.[114] The first passenger flight was a Fokker Friendship aircraft from Madras in 1956.[115] Madurai Airport was established in 1957 and is located at Avaniyapuram, about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) from the city.[116][117] The airport was declared a customs airport in 2012 allowing limited number of international flights.[118] It offers domestic flights to some cities in India and international services to Colombo, Dubai and Singapore.[119] The carriers operating from the airport are Air India, Air India Express, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, Indigo and Srilankan Airlines .[120] The airport handled 842,300 passengers between April 2015 and March 2016.[121][122][123] The airport was identified as one of 35 non-metro airports for modernisation and a new integrated terminal building was inaugurated on 12 September 2010.[124] Education[edit]

The American college in Madurai, started in 1881 CE – the oldest college in Madurai

Madurai has been an academic centre of learning for Tamil culture, literature, art, music and dance for centuries.[125] All three assemblies of the Tamil language, the Tamil Sangam (about the 3rd century BCE to the 3rd century CE), were said to have been held at Madurai.[126] Tamil poets of different epochs participated in these assemblies, and their compositions are referred to as Sangam literature.[22] During the third Tamil sangam, the comparative merit of the poets was decided by letting the works float in the lotus tank of the temple. It was believed that a divine force would cause the work of superior merit to float on the surface, while the inferior ones would sink.[125][127] The American College is the oldest college in Madurai, and was established in 1881 by American Christian missionaries.[128] The Lady Doak college, established in 1948, is the oldest women's college in Madurai.[129] Thiagarajar College (established in 1949), Madura College (established in 1889),[130] Fatima College (established in 1953),[131] and M.S.S.Wakf Board College (established in 1964) are among the oldest educational institutions of the city. Madurai Kamaraj University (originally called Madurai University), established in 1966, is a state-run university which has 109 affiliated arts and science colleges in Madurai and neighbouring districts.[132] There are 47 approved institutions of the university in and around the city, consisting of autonomous colleges, aided colleges, self-financing colleges, constituent colleges, evening colleges and other approved institutions.[133] There are seven polytechnical schools and five Industrial training institutes (ITIs) in Madurai, with the Government ITI and the Government Polytechnic for Women being the most prominent of them all.[8] There are two government medical institutes in Madurai, Madurai Medical College and Homoeopathic Medical College, Thirumangalam and 11 paramedical institutes.[8] There are fifteen engineering colleges in Madurai affiliated to Anna University, with the Thiagarajar College of Engineering being the oldest.[8] The Madurai Law College, established in 1979, is one of the seven government law colleges in the state. It is administered by the Tamil Nadu Government Department of Legal Studies, and affiliated with the Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University.[8][134] There are three teacher training institutes, two music colleges, three management institutes and 30 arts and sciences colleges in Madurai.[8] The agricultural college and research institute in Madurai, started in 1965 by the state government, provides agricultural education to aspirants in the southern districts of Tamil Nadu.[135] There are a total of 369 primary, secondary and higher secondary schools in the city.[136] Economy[edit]

Harvey Mills, circa 1914

A software company at Thirupparankundram

Madurai was traditionally an agrarian society, with rice paddies as the main crop. Cotton crop cultivation in the regions with black soil in Madurai district was introduced during the Nayaka rule during the 16th century to increase the revenue from agriculture.[137] The paddy fields cultivated in the Vaigai delta across Madurai North, Melur, Nilakottai and Uthamapalayam are known as "double-crop paddy belts".[138] Farmers in the district supplement their income with subsidiary occupations like dairy farming, poultry-farming, pottery, brick making, mat-weaving and carpentry.[138] Madurai is famed for its jasmine plantations, called "Madurai Malli", primarily carried out at the foothills of Kodaikanal hills and traded at the Madurai morning flower market.[125] An average of 2,000 farmers sell flowers daily at the flower market.[125] With the advent of Small Scale Industries (SSI) after 1991, the industrialisation of Madurai increased employment in the sector across the district from 63,271 in 1992–93 to 166,121 persons in 2001–02.[139] Madurai is one of the few rubber growing areas in South India,[140] and there are rubber-based industries in Madurai.[141] Gloves, sporting goods, mats, other utility products and automobile rubber components are the most produced items by these industries.TVS rubber Template:TVS GROUP factory is pioneer in Rubber industries.They manufacture TVS tyres and tubes from Madurai.Automobile manufacturers are the major consumers of rubber components produced in the city.[7] There are numerous textile, granite and chemical industries operating in Madurai.[141]The city has a vast economic development as well with people buying swanky cars.The car manufacturers found this as opportunity and has setup showrooms here in Template:Kappalur.Kappalur has seen a tremendous development with Template:SIDCO tag and governments constant efforts to revive this place Madurai is promoted as a tier II city for IT and some software companies have opened their offices in Madurai.[142] Software Technology Parks of India, an agency of the Government of India, has authorised several such companies to receive benefits under its national information technology development program.[143] The state government proposed two IT-based Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in Madurai, and these have been fully occupied by various IT companies.HCL Technologies and HoneyWell have their own campuses in ELCOT IT Park in Madurai.[144][145] Religious sites[edit]

Meenakshi Amman Temple North Tower - Street

Kazimar Big Mosque, the oldest Muslim place of worship in the city

Meenakshi Amman Temple is a historic Hindu temple located on the south side of the Vaigai River in Madurai and is one of the most prominent landmarks of the city.[126] It is dedicated to Meenakshi and her consort, Sundareswarar.[125] The complex houses 14 gopurams (gateway towers) ranging from 45–50 metres (148–164 ft) in height, the tallest being the southern tower, 51.9 metres (170 ft) high. There are also two golden sculptured vimana (shrines) over the sanctum of the main deities. The temple is a significant symbol for Tamils and has been mentioned since antiquity in Tamil literature, though the present structure was built between 1623 and 1655 CE.[40][146] The temple attracts on average 15,000 visitors a day, which grows to around 25,000 on Fridays[citation needed]. There are an estimated 33,000 sculptures in the temple,[147] and it was in the list of top 30 nominees for the "New7Wonders of the World".[148] Inmaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple, Periyar, Madurai - close to Koodal Azhagar temple Arulmigu Madana Gopala Swamy Temple, Periyar, Madurai - close to Koodal Azhagar temple Koodal Azhagar Temple is a Vishnu temple located in the city. It has idols of the Navagraha (nine planet deities), which are otherwise found only in Shiva temples.[149][150] Arulmigu Yoga Narasinga Perumal Thirukovil, Otthakadai Alagar Koyil is a celebrated Vishnu temple 21 kilometres (13 mi) northeast of Madurai situated on the foothills of Solaimalai.[151] The deity, Kallazhagar, is believed to be the brother of Meenakshi, the presiding deity at the Meenakshi temple.[22] The festival calendars of these two temples overlap during the Meenakshi Thirukalyanam festival.[152] Tirupparankunram is a hill 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) away from Madurai where the Hindu god Murugan is said to have married Deivanai. The temple is the first among the Six Abodes of Murugan and is one of the most visited tourist spots in Madurai, next only to the Meenakshi Amman Temple.[151][153] The temple has a wide range of Hindu gods carved on the walls.[150] Edaganathar temple at Thiruvedagam is one of the famous Padal petra Shiava sthalams, located north-westerly to Madurai city. Kazimar Big Mosque is the oldest Islamic place of worship in the city.[154] It was constructed under the supervision of Kazi Syed Tajuddin, who is a descendant of Islamic Prophet Muhammad and the Madurai Maqbara the grave of Meer Ahmad Ibrahim Periya Hazrat, Meer Amjad Ibrahim Chinna Hazrat and Syed Abdus Salam Ibrahim Saalim Hazrat is located inside the mosque.[154][155] Kazi Syed Tajuddin came from Oman and received the piece of land as a gift from the Pandyan ruler Kulasekara Pandyan I, during the 13th century for the construction of the mosque.[125][154][156] Since its inception till today the mosque is being managed by descendants of Kazi Syed Tajuddin and traditionally the Kazis of Madurai city to the Govt. of Tamilnadu are appointed from the descendants family.[157][158] Goripalayam Mosque is located in Gorippalayam, the name of which is derived from the Persian word gor ("grave") and the graves of erstwhile Sultanate rulers Alauddin, Shamsuddeen and Habibuddin are found here.[159] Tirupparankunram Dargah is located at the top of the Thiruparankundram hill where the cemetery of Sultan Sikandhar Badushah the then ruler of Jeddah and Madurai who travelled to India along with Sulthan Syed Ibrahim Shaheed of Ervadi during 12th century is located.[159] St. Mary's Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madurai.[160] Culture, tourism and entertainment[edit]

Pillared halls of Thirumalai Nayakar Palace, built during 1636 CE and a national monument

Madurai is popularly called Thoonga Nagaram meaning the city that never sleeps, on account of the active night life.[161] The city attracts a large number of tourists from within the country and abroad. About 9,100,000 tourists visited Madurai in 2010, including 524,000 foreigners.[162] Madurai is now attracting medical tourism also.[163] The palace complex of Thirumalai Nayak Palace was constructed in the Indo-Saracenic style by Thirumalai Nayakar in 1636 CE. It is a national monument maintained by the Tamil Nadu Archaeological Department. The daily sound and light show organised by the department explains the virtues of King Thirumalai and the features of the palace.[151] The palace of Rani Mangamma has been renovated to house one of the five Gandhi Sangrahalayas (Gandhi Memorial Museum, Madurai) in the country. It includes a part of the blood-stained garment worn by Mahatma Gandhi when he was assassinated by Nathuram Godse.[164] A visit by Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. to the museum inspired him to lead peaceful protests against discrimination.[165] The Eco park, situated in Tallakulam, features fountains and lighting in trees using optical fibres.[166] Rajaji children's park, maintained by the Madurai Municipal Corporation, is situated between the Gandhi museum and the Tamukkam grounds. It has a visitor average of 5000 per day during holidays and 2000–3000 on working days. Madurai also has Theme Park, Athisayam which is situated in Paravai, Madurai – Dindugal main road. [167] MGR Race Course Stadium is an athletic stadium which has a synthetic track and a swimming pool.[168] Several national meets are held here.[169] It also hosts several international and national level kabbadi championships.[170]

Gandhi Memorial Museum, one of the five Gandhi Sangrahalayas in India

The people of Madurai celebrate numerous festivals, including Meenakshi Tirukkalyanam, the Chittirai Festival and the Car Festival.[152] The annual 10-day Meenakshi Tirukalyanam festival, also called Chittirai festival, is celebrated during April–May every year and attracts one million visitors. Legend has it that the Hindu god Vishnu, as Alagar, rode on a golden horse to Madurai to attend the celestial wedding of Meenakshi (Parvati) and Sundareswarar (Shiva). During the Cradle festival, the festive idols of Meenakshi and Sundareswarar are taken in procession to a mirror chamber and set on a rocking swing for nine days. Avanimoolam festival is celebrated during September when the 64 sacred games of Shiva, thiruvilayadal, are recited.[152] The Thepporchavam festival, or float festival, is celebrated on the full moon day of the Tamil month Thai, which falls around January – February, to celebrate the birth anniversary of King Thirumalai Nayak. The decorated icons of Meenakshi and her consort are taken out in a procession from the Meenakshi Temple to the Mariamman Teppakulam. The icons are floated in the tank on a raft decked with flowers and flickering lamps.[151] Jallikattu is one of the most popular historical sport in Tamil Nadu, and is a part of the Pongal festival (harvest festival) Mattu Pongal celebrated during January. The bull taming event is held in the villages surrounding Madurai, and people from the neighbouring villages throng to the open grounds to watch man and bull pitting their strength against each other.[152] The event was banned in the years 2014, 2015 and 2016 following an order by the Supreme Court of India.[171] Santhanakoodu festivals in Madurai are celebrated on various days during the Islamic calendar year to commemorate Islamic saints.[172][173][159] Media and utility services[edit] The city hosts several radio stations, including the state-owned All India Radio[174] and private channels like Hello FM, Radio Mirchi,[175] Suryan FM[176] and Radio City. The Hindu,[177] The New Indian Express[178] and The Times of India[179] are the three principal English language daily newspapers which have Madurai editions. Deccan Chronicle, though not printed in the city, is another English language daily newspaper available in the city.[180] The most read Tamil language daily morning newspapers include Dina Malar,[181] Dina Thanthi,[182] Dina Mani[178] and Dinakaran[183] – all these newspapers have editions from Madurai. There are also daily Tamil evening newspapers like Tamil Murasu, Malai Murasu[184] and Malai Malar[184] published in Madurai. Television broadcasting from Chennai for whole of Tamil Nadu was started on 15 August 1975.[185] Direct-to-home cable television services are provided by DD Direct Plus[186][187] and other private service providers.[188] Electricity supply to the city is regulated and distributed by the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB).[189] The city is the headquarters of the Madurai region of TNEB and along with its suburbs, forms the Madurai Metro Electricity Distribution Circle, which is further divided into six divisions.[189] Water supply is provided by the Madurai City Corporation with overhead tanks and power pumps.[190] In the period 2010–2011, a total of 950.6 lakh litres of water was supplied to 87,091 connections for households in Madurai.[190] About 400 metric tonnes of solid waste are collected from the city every day by door-to-door collection, and the subsequent source segregation and dumping is carried out by the sanitary department of the Madurai Municipal corporation[191] All the major channels in Madurai are linked by the corporation to receive the flood water from primary, secondary and tertiary drains constructed along the roadsides to dispose of rain water. The sewer system was first established by the British in Madurai in 1924 to cover the core city area, which covers 30 per cent of the present city area. It was further expanded in 1959 and 1983 by a corporation plan. The 2011 Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission covered 90 per cent of households with underground drainage system.[191] Madurai comes under the Madurai telecom district of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), India's state-owned telecom and internet services provider. Both Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) and Code division multiple access (CDMA) mobile services are available. Apart from telecom, BSNL also provides broadband internet service and Caller Line Identification (CLI) based internet service Netone.[192][193] A regional passport office was opened on 17 December 2007 and caters to the needs of nine districts.[194] The city is served by the Government Rajaji Hospital.[195] See also[edit]

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 Geographic locale

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Geography & Architecture

Geography of Madurai Yanaimalai Nagamalai Pasumalai Azhagar Kovil Range Rock Mountain of Thirupparankundram


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Neighbourhoods and suburbs

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Educational institutions


Madurai Kamaraj University

Arts & Science

Ambiga College of Arts and Science Arul Anandar College Fatima College E.M.G. Yadava Women's College Lady Doak College Madura College Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College Meenakshi College M.S.S.Wakf Board College Saraswathy Narayanan College Sermathai Vasan College for Women Sourastra College Sourastra College for Women Nadar Mahajana Sangam S. Vellaichamy Nadar College The American College Thiagarajar College Vivekananda College Yadava College


Fatima Michael College of Engineering and Technology Latha Mathavan Engineering College Kamaraj College of Engineering and Technology K. L. N. College of Engineering KLN College of Information Technology Madurai Institute of Engineering & Technology Pandiyan Saraswathi Yadav Engineering College PTR College of Engineering Raja College of Engineering and Technology SACS MAVMM Engg College Sethu Institute of Technology Thiagarajar College of Engineering Ultra College of Engineering and Technology for Women Vaigai College of Engineering Velammal College of Engineering and Technology Vickram College of Engineering


Madurai Medical College Velammal Medical College Hospital & Research Institute CSI Dental college


Agricultural College and Research Institute Government Law College Tamilnadu polytechnic college Tata-Dhan Academy Thiagarajar School Of Management

Places of worship


Meenakshi Amman Temple Vandiyur Mariamman Temple Thiruparankundram Alagar Koyil Pazhamudircholai Koodal Azhagar Temple Thirumohoor Kalamegaperumal Temple Madapuram Thiru Aappanoor Edaganathar temple


St Mary's Church


Kazimar Big Mosque Goripalayam Mosque Thiruparankundram Dargah Madurai Maqbara


Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal Tamukkam Palace Gandhi Museum Athisayam Milan'em Mall Vishaal de Mal Tamukkam Ground MGR Race Course Stadium


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Chili parotha Jil jil jigarthanda Murugan Idli Parotta


Tamil Nadu Assembly Constituencies

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Early Cholas Kalabhras Medieval Cholas Later Cholas Madurai Sultanate Vijayanagar Empire British Raj

Places of Worship

Meenakshi Amman Temple Edaganathar temple Goripalayam Mosque Kazimar Big Mosque Thiruvedagam Alagar Koyil Koodal Azhagar Temple Pazhamudircholai Thirupparamkunram Murugan Temple othakadai narasimhar temple

Places of interest

Gandhi Memorial Museum Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal Athisayam


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Municipal Corporations

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Special grade

Avadi Cuddalore Hosur Kancheepuram Karaikudi Karur Kodaikanal Kovilpatti Kumbakonam Maraimalainagar Nagercoil Pallavapuram Pollachi Rajapalayam Sivakasi Tambaram Thiruvannamalai Udhagamandalam

Selection grade

Ambur Alandur Attur Chidambaram Coonoor Dharmapuri Gobichettipalayam Mannargudi Mayiladuthurai Mettupalayam Mettur Nagapattinam Namakkal Palani Pammal Pattukkottai Pudukkottai Ranipet Theni Allinagaram Thiruverkadu Thuraiyur Tindivanam Tiruchengode Tiruppattur Udumalaipettai Valparai Vaniyambadi Viluppuram Virudhunagar

First grade

Arakkonam Arani Aranthangi Arcot Aruppukkottai Bodinayakanur Chengalpattu Colachel Cumbum Devakottai Dharapuram Edappadi Gudiyatham Kadayanallur Kallakurichi Komarapalayam Krishnagiri Manapparai Palladam Panruti Paramakudi Poonamallee Ramanathapuram Rasipuram Sankarankovil Sembakkam Sathyamangalam Sivagangai Srivilliputhur Thiruthangal Tiruvallur tenkasi Tiruvarur Virudhachalam

Second grade

Ambasamudram Anakaputhur Ariyalur Bhavani Chinnamanur Gudalur (Nilgiris district) Gudalur (Theni district) Jayankondam Jolarpet Kangeyam Kayalpattinam Keelakarai Koothanallur Kulithalai Kuzhithurai Maduranthakam Melur Melvisharam Nellikuppam Nelliyalam Oddanchatram Padmanabhapuram Pallipalayam Perambalur Periyakulam Pernampattu Puliyankudi Punjai Puliampatti Rameswaram Sattur Sengottai Sirkazhi Thiruthani Thiruthuraipoondi Thiruvathipuram Thuvakudi Tirumangalam Usilampatti Vandavasi Vedaranyam Vellakoil Vikramasingapuram Walajapet

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Bihar: Patna Jharkhand: Jamshedpur Dhanbad Ranchi West Bengal: Kolkata Asansol


Gujarat: Ahmedabad Surat Vadodara Rajkot Maharashtra: Mumbai Pune Nagpur Nashik Vasai-Virar Aurangabad


Andhra Pradesh: Visakhapatnam Vijayawada Karnataka: Bangalore Kerala: Kochi Kozhikode Thrissur Malappuram Thiruvananthapuram Kannur Kollam Tamil Nadu: Chennai Coimbatore Madurai Tiruchirappalli Telangana: Hyderabad

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Capital: Chennai

State symbols

Seal: Srivilliputhur Andal Temple Gopuram Animal: Nilgiri tahr Bird: Emerald dove Flower: Gloriosa lily Fruit: Jackfruit Tree: Palm tree


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Major cities

Chennai Coimbatore Madurai Tiruchirapalli Tiruppur

Tamil Nadu

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