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INFORMATION ABOUT SIVAKASI

Sivakasi is a city and a municipality in Virudhunagar district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The town is famous all over India for its fireworks factories. There are at least 300 manufacturers based in the city but that number blooms during Diwali. Many of these factories (mostly small-scale and unorganized sector) only exist during the festival season and then vanish for the rest of the year. The town is also known for its powerful printing industry and match-making industries. It was given the nickname "Kutty Japan" ('Little Japan' in Tamil) by Jawaharlal Nehru.

SIVAKASI HISTORY

Sivakasi has a history of more than 600 years. Between 1428 and 1460 AD, King Harikesari Parakkirama Pandian, then king of Tenkasi, ruled the southern region of Madurai, with his capital at Tenkasi. According to legend, he wanted to construct a temple for Lord Shiva at his palace. Therefore he went to Kasi Varanasi and worshiped Lord Shiva there and brought a Shivalingam from there. While returning to his palace with the prized lingam, he took rest under a grove of Vilva trees, which are favored by Shiva. The cow which carried the Shivalingam refused to move from that point which prevented the carrying of the lingam to Tenkasi. The king realized that the wishes of Lord Shiva were different from his own and placed the lingam in the place where the cow had halted. The place which was sanctified by the "Shivalingam brought from Kasi" henceforth came to be called Sivakasi.

SIVAKASI TOURISM

    The Places of Interest and Sight Seeing

  • The Bull Temple: The 4.57m high and 6.10 m long image was built by Kempe Gowda, in the 16th century


  • Vidhaan Soudha:The Vidhaan Soudha houses the state legislative assembly of Karnataka and part of the Secretariat. The gleaming white domes, pillars and archways, resemble the architectural pattern of Mysore's old palaces.


  • Tipu's Palace:The entire structure is built of teakwood. This double-storeyed ornate structure was constructed in 1781-1791 AD. This palace is beautifully decorated with floral motifs on the walls and ceilings. The structure is replete with pillars, arches and balconies.


  • Sri Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple:The temple is a natural monolith carved cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
  • Ulsoor Lake:The picturesque 1.5 sq. km lake is dotted with islands.


  • Karnataka State Government Museum: One of the oldest museums of India, established in 1866 AD, it has on display specimens of works of antiquity and ancient art, such as sculptures, coins and inscriptions found in different parts of Karnataka.
  • Bangalore Palace:Stands in the heart of the city it is built in the Tudor style and inspired by the Windsor Palace, a Wodeyar king built this palace in 1887 AD.l.


  • Venkatappa Art Gallery:A wing of the State Government Museum, Venkatappa Art Gallery is an interesting place of visit. Water colour paintings, Plaster of Paris works and other works of art of the famous artist Venkatappa and some contemporary artists are on display.


  • Visweswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum :Adjacent to the Government Museum in Bangalore is the Vishveshwaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, the second of its kind in India.


  • Cubbon Park (2 kms from MG Road):Cubbon Park is a beautiful 300-acres park containing the public library and the museum. The illuminated "fairy fountain" and the elegant Greco-colonial style buildings, add to the beauty of this park.


  • Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens (4 kms from MG Road):These 240-acre gardens were laid out during the Muslim era (18 century) by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, 200 years ago. They contain the largest collection of rare tropical and sub-tropical plants, century-old trees, fountains, terraces, lotus pools, rose gardens and a Deer Park. Lal Bagh has a magnificent glass house built in 1840 AD, on the lines of London's Crystal Palace.

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