Travel Blogs from Madurai
... the time had come to visit the temple at the heart of this city. Apparently Sri Meenakshi is one of the biggest or most important or busiest or something temples. Honestly every temple has some claim to fame here and I can no longer keep track. I guess it brings in the cheddar via donating worshippers. Some research suggests in the order over 60 million rupees (approx USD $1 million) a year for this particular temple.
The legend, or raison ...
... very hard. It is constant noise, heat and dust. It was nice to have a swim in the hotel pool. One other unusual experience for us, is that for the last few days we have not been able to indulge in our pre-dinner drink. At the Chettimadu Mansion, it was explained that as we were staying in a family home, and this family didn't drink, no alcohol was available. That made sense and a night without a drink sounded fine. However, I was quite surprised ...
... from the state.
Madurai is one of India's most ancient cities, dating from at least the 3rd century BC and was known to have traded with the Roman Empire. Madurai's main sight is the Meenakshi Amman Temple, considered to be the most architecturally spectacular in Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu temples are characterized by several enclosures within each other, each with tall towers called ...
... like it. We wandered through the grand pillared halls with bare feet, and everywhere there were statues of Meenakshi, and Shiva dancing with his many arms splayed, or Ganesh their son with his elephant head. They all wore flower garlands that the holy men constantly draped on them, and dozens of little clay candle pots flickered in front of them. In the temple we met Efrat, an Israeli girl on her third trip to India, and we had lunch at an AMAZING thali place, where we were ...
... for teaching sisters across the world through Aravind’s network. All pretty cool stuff. And whilst we both left feeling like we really managed to do something really worthwhile and achieve our goals in the end, my God was it a challenge on the way there! Impossible to get into it all… so here are just a few examples:
· It took both of us at least a week to work out what the hell we were actually expected to do. In many ways we ...
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