Madurai, the Jewel of Heaven

India is reaching new heights as it aims for growth in the double digits, space exploration, and celebrates its proficiency in cricket. This, however, concerns the material world and in Madurai, the cutural hotbed of Tamil Nadu, people focus on the spiritual. Madurai hosts an important shrine dedicated to the goddess Meenakshi and her consort Shiva. The divine couple’s abode is a heavenly temple where you must remove your shoes to join the congregation of devoted pilgrims.