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Temple circuit

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Visiting the temples and palaces of Tanjore and Madurai, Sudha Madhavan explores Tamil Nadu’s vibrant past and brings alive age-old stories etched in stone.

Tanjore legacy

In Tanjore, we do the city rounds at a leisurely pace. The most notable and central to one’s visit is the Brihadeeswara Temple, built by Raja Raja Chola I of the Chola dynasty. The Chola dynasty had its beginning around the second or third century BC and gained eminence between the ninth and 13th century, after which it fell to the Pandyas.

Meenakshi’s kingdom

The last few days are spent in Madurai, where the blazing example of Pandyan pride and architectural splendour has a whiff of its past glory still. According to legend, King Malaydhwaja Pandian and his queen, Kanchanamalai, hoped for an heir to the throne and were blessed by Goddess Parvati that she herself would be born to them as their daughter.

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