Friday, November 27, 2009

Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Madurai

Thirumalai Nayak Palace is situated in the Madurai city, at a distance of approximately 2 km to the southeast of the Meenakshi Temple. The palace was constructed by King Thirumalai Nayak of Tamil Nadu, in the year 1636 and used to serve as his official residence. An Italian architect designed the edifice as per the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. Thirumalai Nayak Palace of India, as we see today, is nothing in comparison to its original structure, which was at least four times bigger in size.

The palace was basically divided into two parts, one of them is known as the Swargavilasa (Celestial Pavilion), while the other is Rangavilasa (Pleasure Pavilion).

Guindy National Park - Snake Park - Children's Park

Guindy National Park, a 2.82 km² (1 sq mi) Protected area of Tamil Nadu, located in Chennai, South India, is the 8th smallest National Park of India and one of the very few national parks situated inside a city. It has a good number of Black Bucks, Civet Cats, Jackals, Spotted Deer, Mongoose and Monkeys. The Black Bucks (Indian antelope) are endangered species.

The Deer Park and the Snake Park are supported by the World Wildlife Fund. They are located in the Raj Bhavan premises at Guindy, within the city limits. This is the smallest National Park in India. Guindy National Park has about 24 varieties of trees.

Velankanni Church - Our Lady of Good Health

Velankanni is termed as the "Mecca of South Asian Christianity". The church is dedicated to our Lady of Good Health. Velankanni Church is popularly called as 'Sacred Arockia Madha Church'. Velankanni is about 350km south of Chennai, on the Coromandel Coast, 12km south of Nagapattinam. It is a famous pilgrimage destination for Christians and also for people of other faiths. Velankanni is one of the most visited pilgrim centers of India.

Our lady chose this place to dispense her miracles to mankind. A strong oral tradition attests to Our Lady’s apparitions at Vailankanni. Hundreds of miraculous cures are reported every year. Vailankanni church was raised to the status of basilica by His Holiness Pope John XXIII in 1962.