The Sivaganga place, also called “Gowri
Vilasam”, is situated in the Sivaganga district about 40 km from Madurai.
It was once the seat of Marava kings. At present the palace is in
dilapidated condition but the architectural beauty can still be
appreciated. The architectural style of the palace reflects elements
borrowed from the Thirumalai Nayak’s period and infused with Rajputana
The only portion intact at the Gowri
Vilasam is the temple of Sri Raja Rajeshwari. It is the family deity of
the royal family. Sri Raja Rajeswari temple is open for the public only
in the evenings and on auspicious days.
On the Southern part of the
temple there is a huge hall supported with numerous pillars. It is
believed that the entire royal household functions used to take place
there. There is a palanquin in the front façade of the palace that lies
in a decrepit condition.
Nadai Kinaru is another important and
interesting feature in the Sivaganga palace. It is actually a miniature
swimming pool. It is believed that the tank had direct connections so
that fresh water could be provided and also fill two huge tanks beside
the Nadai Kinaru. It was apparently meant for the womenfolk of the
Due to its close proximity to Mudurai,
Sivaganga is easily accessible to the tourists. Buses and taxis are
easily available from Madurai. Madurai is the nearest airport.