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Carved out of the mountain, Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple is an absolute architectural marvel. The temple is one of the famous shrines in Madurai.

Built in the 8th century during the reign of Pandyas, the temple has a very rare feature. The idols of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu face each other in this temple. It is considered as a unique feature in Hindu temples. With intricate stone carvings, the temple is a fascinating structure which leaves a lasting impression on the visitors. It is one among the six temples of Lord Muruga. Legend has it that Lord Muruga married Goddess Devasena here and the temple is believed to be one of the most auspicious places for marriage. It also stands as a symbol of religious harmony. A Muslim shrine Sekunder is also located here. The temple is cut out of rock and houses the sanctums of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Lord Vinayaka, Lord Subramanya and Goddess Durga. The carvings reflect immaculate craftsmanship. There is also the stupendous statue of Nandi (the vehicle of Lord Shiva) , Mayil (the vehicle of Lord Subramanya) and Mouse (the vehicle of Lord Vinayaka). Carvings of Mahishasura Mardini, Karpaga Vinayagar, Andarabaranar and Uggirar can also be found on the rocks. Artistically made mandapams add to the attraction of this temple. With exquisite pillars, these mandapams mesmerise the visitors.

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