Thursday, August 23, 2018

Chokkanathar Temple, Thiruparankundram, Madurai

Chokkanathar Temple, Thiruparankundram, Madurai
Chokkanathar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Thiruparankundram at outskirts of Madurai City in Madurai District of Tamil Nadu. This is a small temple close to the famous Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple. This Temple could be easily missed despite being on the street perpendicular to the bigger temple. Hundreds of shops and platform dwellers and sellers will block the view to this temple that one would easily miss this temple. Regular prayers are offered at this temple. It is believed that this temple is much ancient than Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple and Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple.

The Temple is located at about 600 meters from Thiruparankundram Bus Stand, 1.5 Km from Thiruparankundram Railway Station, 9 Kms from Madurai, 7 Kms from Madurai Periyar Bus Stand, 14 Kms from Madurai Mattuthavani Integrated Bus Terminus, 7 Kms from Madurai Railway Junction, 8 Kms from Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, 7 Kms from Madurai Koodal Azhagar Temple, 13 Kms from Thirumangalam and 9 Kms from Madurai Airport.

There is a bus stand with bus services connecting Thiruparankundram with other parts of Madurai and adjacent villages. Buses are available from Madurai Periyar Bus Stand. All the buses moving from Periyar Bus Stand to Thirumangalam go through Thiruparankundram. Frequent bus services are available from in and around Madurai. Route Nos. 5, 14, 22, 48, 49 and 52 from Periyar bus stand & Mattuthavani Bus stand covers Tiruparankundram. Also, Mofussil buses heading towards Kanyakumari, Nagercoil, Tirunelveli crosses here which seldom stops.

Thiruparankundram railway station is 6 Kms from Madurai Junction. Tiruparankundram Railway Station is in between Madurai and Thirumangalam railway stations, on the Chennai – Kanyakumari railway track. All passenger Trains running between Madurai and Tirunelveli, Nagercoil, Kollam stops at Tiruparankundram. Also, Tuticorin – Mysore Express stops here. Nearest Airport is Madurai Airport.

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