The city is the most populated among the other cities and is commonly known as the “Thoonganagaram” since it is always busy with crowd day and night. The city is also known as “Mamadurai” meaning great city and has a history which dates back to about 650 BC. Madurai possesses a rich heritage and culture and it is proudly known as “Athens of the East”. The age of Madurai is about 4000 which indicates it as one of the oldest city in India. Madurai is the only city where celebrations happen for 293 days in a year. Madurai is an entire historical place such that every street here has some history.
Many legends have ruled the city and the prints last till date. Madurai is the most familiar city in the state for many of its distinguishing faces. It holds the pride of even being noted in the epics of India like Ramayanam and Mahabharatham.
The world famous Meenakshi Amman temple which was opted for the world wonder is the most noteworthy face of Madurai. Also the “Tamil Sangam”-a grand day for all the famous poets to gather took place in Madurai only. Madurai stands as the doorway for Tamilian culture. Tamil one of the oldest languages in the world was adorned in Madurai. The various customs followed in the state come from Madurai only. Many famous people come from this land. Madurai only introduced the chill drink-jigirthanda to the world. The city is always fragranced with jasmine flowers which are world famous for their scent. The anklets which are made in Madurai are even exported to other countries. Amongst all its pearls in the crown, the biggest pearl is “Madurai soil’s bravery”. Even during the pre-independence period, it was the Madurai people who put up a brave show amongst the other cities. The bravery still lasts and is proved each time during the “Jallikattu”- a brave game of controlling the ferocious bulls. Thus Madurai stands calm and high with so many wonders as the land of courage, humanity, affection, vanity and integrity!