Finally I had reached to the last day of my stay in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. My entire time spent with my daughter in Madurai was an awesome experience. As we had reached the last day of our stay in Madurai, I was counting on the various places we had visited. Unlike the last two days where Sanvi had to stay back at the room, I wanted her to accompany me on the last day. So I decided to make a trip to the Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam in Madurai.
Madurai is a city full of religious places, not only for Hindu worship but also for Islam and Buddhism. One can never get enough of Madurai in a short time span. Nonetheless I had tried my best to cover the major parts of the city. The Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam shrine is built besides lake in the middle of a small island in the center. The term Teppakulam means a pond in Tamil. There are about twelve steps made of granite which one needs to cover to reach near the temple. The pond across which the temple is set is believed to have been created in the 17th century b y Thirumalai Nayak. With the duration of such a long time, the ponds almost dry and get buried under the soil. However this pond has some religious significance which has kept the water still blue and the temple lively.
It is also said that when Thirumalai Nayak bult the pond, he did it artificially by digging the mud and filling water inside it from the River Vaigai. While his men were digging the ground, an
idol of Lord Ganesha was excavated, which is now the main idol to be worshipped in the temple.
The temple is located at a distance of just 5 kilometers from the Meenakshi temple and hence not very far from the center of the town. The area f the tanks of water and the pavilion of island is filled with grassland and therefore one of the calmest places of the city. The famous ‘Float Festival’ is celebrated here which also attracts large numbers of tourists from all over the world. Our time spent at the Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam temple was truly breathtaking and we enjoyed it thoroughly.