The Tamil epic Silappathikaram details the story of Kovalan, the son of a wealthy merchant from Kaverippattinam who married Kannagi. Kovalan leaves Kannagi enamored with Madhavi, a danseuse, on whom he gradually spent all his wealth. He ultimately incurs heavy loss in his trade and goes back to Kannagi. The couple moves to Madurai, with a hope to revive the trade and regain the lost fortune. At Madurai when the merchant offered to sell his wife’s anklet, the local goldsmith brought the anklet before the Pandya king and made the king to believe that it was his queen’s lost anklet. The king immediately passed the orders of beheading Kovalan even without examining the accused.

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Temples, first rock-cut type and then made of stones, made their appearance from the 8th century. The architecture of temple generally confines to five basic shapes; Caturasra (square), Ayatasra (rectangular), Vrittayat (elliptical), Vritta (circular), Astasra (octagonal).

The plan of a temple is dictated by the nature of the deity. For example the shrine of the reclining Ranganatha can only be rectangular. The early 7th century saw the rise of monolithic temples carved out of the rock, like the monuments in Mahabalipuram. The mid 8th century Vaikuntha Perumal has an interesting arrangement of three sanctums, one above the other, within the body of the superstructure.

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When you decide to visit religious or historical places like Trichy, Thanjavur or Madurai, for pilgrimage, personal or business needs, it is important that you have a hassle – free trip in every aspect. Especially not being bothered about the accommodation, or whether you end up under-booking or over-booking rooms.

All the hotels of the Sangam group in Trichy, Thanjavur and Madurai offer a choice of 4 star rated luxury rooms in different formats to suit your preferences and requirements. The Executive rooms come in stylish upmarket design and offer all basic amenities and are a quite popular choice for pilgrims or tourists with an extended stay in mind and business travelers on short trips too. The Standard rooms in Sangam Trichy and Sangam Madurai is the best choice for overnight or stopover visitors. These rooms are compact, efficient and functional but includes all the essentials.

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Thanjavur formerly known as Tanjore has always been known as a cultural capital of the South. Apart from being the centre of culture it is also a prominent centre of rice cultivation, which has earned it the sobriquet ‘Rice bowl of Tamil Nadu’.

The city shot into prominence as the capital of the mighty Cholas between 11th and 14th century. During these periods, the Cholas built several temples in the city and developed Thanjavur as an important centre of art and culture. Brihadeeshwarar Temple stands testimony to the wealth and might of the Cholas.

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where to stop-madurai

Situated on the banks of Vaigai river, Madurai has been inhabited for over 2000 years, thus evolving into a very happening place. Called the temple city of South India, the mainstream life of Madurai centres around the Meenakshi Temple, making the majority of trips to the city spiritually inclined. Because of this reason, a grand scale shopping that you would expect in a metro city may not work out here. However, if you do love shopping, the city does have places to get what you want.

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