Volume 71 (2006) Issue 605 Pages 93-99
This paper focuses upon the segregation of the caste groups in the city of Madurai, which is a typical "temple city" in Tamil Nadu, in order to consider the feature of the spatial formation. First, the ideal model of the city is considered by reviewing the historical forming process and the function of festivals. Secondly, it is clarified, the present condition of the caste segregation in Madurai based on the distribution of temples and shops, street names and so on. One of the conclusion is that, Madurai city has the hierarchical co-centric square formation which is similar to "Nandyavarta" described in Manasara, and the arrangement of the caste group's residences also follow it basically.