Thirupuvanam

Thiruppuvanam is situated at a distance of 18 km from Madurai on the way to Ramanathapuram. There is an ancient Shiva temple for Pushpaneswarar.

This was built in the 7th century A.D. on the southern banks of river Vaigai. This temple contains the works of Naicker Kings and the Pandia Kings.

This Pushpaneswarar temple is an example for the artistic, sculputral and architectural workmanship of Tamil people. The Sannidhis of the deity Bhoovanathar and the goddess Soundara Nayakiamman are constructed with granite stones. The walls of the sanctum sanctorums are full of sculptural workmanship. In front of this temple, the Roya gopuram is found incomplete.It was built by the king Thirumalai. At the entrance of this tower, the sculpture of the king in full height and the sculptures of his minister Chokkappar, dancing girls, and Ponnaiyalh are seen in beautiful shapes.