Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Indian Culture Redefined in its Temple Towns of Thanjavur, Tiruchirappalli and Madurai

The diversity of Indian culture is worth appreciating. Multiple religions, several spoken languages, plethora of festivals and a varied lifestyle make India a unique country in the world where every state has its own cultural niche. Hardly any country in the world can match up to India’s vibrant cultural hues that leave a significant impact on everyone who comes to India once in their lifetime.

South India is the hub of India’s myriad culture where every state boasts of its distinctive cultural identity. Ranging from traditional dance form to a variety of cuisine and architectural brilliance reflected on the walls of intricate temples, South India is the major part of the country that offers a deep inside into its colorful culture. The temples of South India are not only gigantic structures with intricate wall carvings built centuries ago, but also a reflection of devotion and spirituality practiced by Indians since several generations. Out of all South Indian states, Tamil Nadu is the top cultural state where each and every temple with its embedded features attracts thousands of leisure tourists and devotees from every corner of the world.

During the 11th century, Thanjavur, better known as Tanjore, was under the rule of the Cholas. Tanjore gradually emerged as the stronghold of Tamil culture as the Cholas built more than 70 temples in the region. Every temple is a unique gigantic structure with the Brihadeswara Temple being the most outstanding one. The temple is an apt symbolization of the strength and unrivaled power of the Chola dynasty. It is also one of the oldest temples in India dedicated to Lord Shiva. The dome of the temple rises to over 60metres and the passage surrounding the workroom is embedded with Chola frescos. The stunning Brihadeswara Temple has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and thousands of people who come to India for a cultural trip make sure to pay a visit here.

Fondly known as Trichy, Tiruchirappalli is the home to two famous temples- Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple and Malaikottai Fort Temple. Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is the largest temple in India occupying an area as huge as 156 acres. Out of the 21 gopurams or towers, the main tower is 73 meters high and is a distinctive sight of the temple to stare at. Devotees, local people and leisure travelers flock at the temple area to get a sight of this majestic spiritual destination and appreciate its overall beauty. The Malaikottai Fort Temple is built on the apex of the Rock Fort Hill and you have to climb at least 400 stairs to reach the peak. The spectacular style architecture offers a panoramic view of the entire surrounding and the cool wind provides a natural energy to climb up the rocky stairs. On your way to the temple halt at Thayumanaswamy Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is a prominent landmark of the temple town of Trichy.

The name of Meenakshi temple is strongly attached to the name of the temple town Madurai. The temple was built at least 3,500 years ago and is the most impressive temples of South India. You can get to see a stream of couples waiting for their wedlock ceremony and thousands to native and international devotes standing in queues to worship the lord. Pillared walls, art museum, several small shrines are dotted around the temple area. You can simply spend one full day in peace and devotion at this holy land of Madurai.

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