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This magnificent temple pond complex with a manmade island is something you can't afford to miss when you are in Madurai. Associated with Vandiyur Mariamman temple, the place is just 2 kms away from the Meenakshi Sundareswara temple.

River Vaigai feeds the temple pond, which is considered to be one of the largest temple ponds in South India. Surrounded by granite steps on four sides, the temple is in the middle of the pond. This stunning pond was created in 1645 AD during the reign of Thirumalai Nayak. The flight of stairs around the temple is another major attraction.

When you are here, do explore the legends surrounding the pond. One legend goes like this. The sand from the tank was used for making bricks for Thirumalai Nayakkar mahal. An idol of Lord Ganesh was discovered during the digging process and it was enshrined in the temple. Underground channels from Teppakulam are linked to River Vaigai. This pond is the main venue of the famous float festival held in January / February.

Marking the birthday of King Thirumalai Nayak, the temple turns into a dazzling sight with thousands of lamps being lit up. Do plan your trip accordingly for it is such a splendid sight. The temple attains a magnificent appeal at night with the luminance of the lights.

The gentle ripples of the pond reflect the dazzling spectacle  and deities arrive at the tank for the holy bath. Such is the visual splendour and religious value of this festival that people from neighbouring parts arrive in large numbers to witness this spectacular event. The deities of Meenakshi and Sundareswarar are carried to the pond in a float called Teppam. Decked up with flowers and lit up by countless lights, the float makes for a visually stunning sight. 

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