Dedicated to Murugan or Karthikeya, Thiruparankundram temple is located on a hillock approximately 8 km from the city. The temple is one of the six abodes of Murugan and is a pilgrimage site for devotees.
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Known for its carvings, the temple is gigantic in size with 48 ornate pillars and 150 feet high beautiful Rajagopuram at the front part. The life sized sculptures in the temple’s mandapams dates back to the Nayakar era, while the rock cut parts to the Pandaya period. Apart from Muruga, the main shrine houses idols of Durga, Vinayaka, Vishnu and Shiva.. It has a huge rectangular chamber carved out of the hill and there are side chambers for various deities. The temple also has a beautiful pond and Vedic school near the pond. Thiruparankundaram is a town in the Madurai District located in Tamil Nadu, India. The temple is considered as a holy place for Hindus and is a must visit when in Madurai.
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