Ah Madurai! If there is one city in southern india which embodies the grand history of the ancient dravidian people of the region, it has to be Madurai and its magnificent Meenakshi Temple, a true wonder of medieval engineering. The city is believed to be of significant antiquity and has been ruled, at different times, by the Early Pandyas, Medieval Cholas, Later Cholas, Later Pandyas, Madurai Sultanate, Vijayanagar Empire, Madurai Nayaks, Chanda Sahib, Carnatic kingdom, and the British. The city has a number of historical monuments, with the Meenakshi Amman Temple and Tirumalai Nayak Palace being the most prominent. Madurai is an important industrial, medical and educational hub in Tamil Nadu.