Rameshwaram, Meenakshi Temple In Madurai, Tirupati
Tirupati is a world in itself, millions of pilgrims from all over India and abroad visit the temple of Lord Venkateswara at Tirupati round the year. In addition to various shrines scattered all over Tirupati and beyond there are holy water falls, scared rivers and archaeological wonders. It is regarded as one of the most ancient temples which were mentioned in Puranas and Sastras. The temple is patronized by the Pallavas, Cholas, Pandyas, the Vijayanagar Rulers and the later kings of Mysore. Hastakalaramam Papanasanam, Akasganga, Gogarbham, Shilathoranam, View Point, S.V. Museum are the other places worth seeing at Tirumala. Kapilatheetham, Hare Rama Hare Kishna Mandir, Regional Science Centre, S.V.Zoological Park, Srinivasa Mangapuram, Kalyani Dam, Chandragiri Fort, Tiruchanur, Govindaraja Swami Temple are the other places worth seeing in and around Tirupathi. Tirupati is a town in the Chittoor district of the Southern portion of Andhra Pradesh and is at a convenient train journey away from Chennai (formerly Madras) in Tamilnadu. Tirumalai, on the last of the seven Hills, is home to this temple and is connected by a well maintained and picturesque mountain road constructed by the Tirumala Tirupati Devastanam.
Rameshwaram is an island situated in the gulf of manner at the very tip of the Indian peninsula. A very important pilgrim centre of the Indians. Rameshwaram is the place from where Lord Rama, built a bridge across the sea to rescue his consort Sita, from her abductor, Ravana. This is also the place where Rama worshipped Lord Shiva to cleanse away the sin of killing Ravana. Both the Vaishnavites and Shaivites visit this pilgrimage which is known as the Varanasi the south. Rameshwaram is significant for the Hindus as a pilgrimage to Benaras is incomplete without a Pilgrimage to Rameshwaram. The presiding deity is the Linga Of Sri Ranganatha, which happens to be one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of India. Rameshwaram is also popularly referred to as the 'Benaras of the south'. In order to attain Moksha it is believed that the visit to Rameshwaram is mandatory. According to the Hindu mythology i.e. the story of Ramayana Lord Rama performed thanksgiving rituals to Lord Rama after the battle at Sri Lanka and his triumph over the demon king Ravana. Owing to this Rameshwaram attracts Vaishnavites (worshippers of Lord Vishnu) and Saivites (worshippers of Lord Shiva) alike. Sri Lanka is at a distance of 24 kilometers from Rameshwaram. In fact the entire area of Rameshwaram is associated with various incidents from the Ramayana. Rameshwaram happens to one of the most visited pilgrim sites in India.
This city of Madurai in Tamilnadu-India is bestowed with the privilege of being the center of attraction due to the location of famous Hindu Temple Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple more often called as Meenakshi Amman Temple or Tiru-aalavaai in the city. Here Goddess parvati and shiva are known as Meenakshi and Sudareswarar and the temple’s main deity is Goddess Parvati. The history of the temple dates back to over 2500 years and has 14 Dwars (entrance) termed as Gopurams, out of which the tower at the South end called Southern Tower is the tallest and is around 50 ft height, apart from which the temple’s sacred sanctum area is adorned with two Vimans which are of Gold. The existing temple was constructed somewhere during 1623 to 1655 and the temple has reference in the olden tamil literature due to its importance as the main notable icon of Tamils. The daily visitors to the temple would be say around 15,000 and Fridays attract more Visitors to the tune of 25000 and the yearly collection of the temple crosses Rs. 60 million. The artistic sculptures of the temple would be around 33,000 in toto and found a place for nomination for new seven wonders of the world contestants. It is worth noting that every year the Thirukalyanam (the sacred marriage function) of the Goddess celebrated in April-May is watched by over one million people and the celebration goes for about 10 days. Though various shrines are the assets of the sacred South Indian land, possibly no one of these would match up to the great excellence and gaiety of this Goddess Meenakshi at Madurai possibly due to the fact that excellent sacred shrine is the one visited by many and also is the largest and a place looked with high devotion. The temple also is also adorned with many stones carved in the walls, blessed with many full size statues and also excellent murals. Both the temples of Shiva and Meenakshi are within a range of 6 mts high wall and appear like big bastion.