Meenakshi Temple - Madurai Indian travel guide

Meenakshi Temple - Madurai

Meenakshi Temple - Madurai travel guide

visit the most famous temples in Tamilnadu to awe yourself with the ever-ending speciality of the temples. Temple of South Tamilnadu takes you back to the era of 2nd and 3rd century.Enrich yourself in the cultural heritage which beholds the rich legends about the temple.Amuse yourself with warm hospitality and tradition of people.

Pandya rulers lavished their skill and resources on the architecture of Madurai Meenakshi temple. Meenakshi Amman Temple is a twin temple dedicated to Sundareswarar and his consort Meenakshi Amman. There are 11 gopurams, the most attractive of them being the one at the southern entrance rising to a height of 160 feet with a parabolic curve.

Madurai is one of the 51 Shakti Peetams and the Meenakshi temple is the seat of Bhudha. The Golden Lotus Tank inside Meenakshi temple is surrounded by spacious corridors, the walls of which are covered with paintings depicting the Lord's miracles.

Adjacent to the tank are the Unjal Mandapam and the Kilikoottu Mandapam.The long rows of pillars here contain delicately-carved figures. There is a special Peetam in a six-pillared mandapam, where the coronation of all Nayak kings took place. The coronation of Meenakshi temple is also performed on this Peetam every year during the Chitrai festival. Goddess Meenakshi is believed to have been born as the daughter of a Pandya king, and Siva as Sundareswarar, married her.

History of Meenakshi Amman temple

Only city to be mentioned in the world map during the 2nd century.The temple was built during the Nayak period and the city was constructed in the form of Srichakra around the temple. Madurai city was ruled by Nayak kings, Vijayanagara Kings, Kalambra dynasty, Pandiyan dynasty during the 590 B.C. later it was undertaken by the Chola dynasty. The Madurai city is called as “koodal Nagar”. It is one of the oldest temples in South Asia which is nearly 2500 years old. The idol of Meenakshi Amman is carved out of Emerald. During the time of war, invaders damaged the Lord Sivan idol which is also present as the mark of remembrance of the history. “Thirukural” the “Tamil Marai” which is the only Tamil text to be translated into many languages which deal with the morality, discipline and daily applications of things in this world. The pride is, the first debut of Thirukural was also taken place in the “Pottramarai Kullam” of this temple.

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