Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple

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Good to know things about Meenakshi Amman Temple

Architectural Marvel

The Meenakshi Amman Temple is known for its beautiful Dravidian architecture. The temple complex is dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi (an avatar of Parvati) and her spouse, Lord Sundareswarar (an avatar of Shiva) and spans over 45 acres. It is a masterpiece of South Indian temple architecture, with beautiful carvings, towering gopurams (entrance towers), and rich sculptures.

Gopurams (Entrance Towers)

The temple is famous for its gopurams, which are massive entry towers covered with colourful sculptures and elaborate carvings depicting numerous mythical stories. The Southern Gopuram, Madurai's tallest gopuram, stands at an astounding height and is a notable element of the city's skyline.

Hall of Thousand Pillars

The "Hall of Thousand Pillars" (Ayiram Kaal Mandapam) is a noteworthy feature of the Meenakshi Amman Temple. The hall does not, despite its name, have a thousand pillars, but the exaggeration is a monument to its magnificence. Figures of yali (mythical lion), horses, and other holy beings are delicately carved into the pillars.

Annual Meenakshi Thirukalyanam Festival

The temple celebrates the celestial marriage of Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareswarar with an annual celebration named Meenakshi Thirukalyanam. The celebration, which involves many rituals, processions, and cultural events, draws a great number of devotees and tourists. The wedding ceremony is a big attraction, drawing audiences from all over to witness the splendour of the festivities.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the history of Meenakshi Amman Kovil?
With a Madurai Meenakshi Amma Temple history dating back more than 2500 years, the temple is regarded one of the oldest and most prominent temples in India. According to mythology, the temple was built in the sixth century CE by the Pandya monarch, Kulasekara Pandya.
 
Is Meenakshi Temple a Shakti Peeth?

Meenakshi is a Hindu deity and Madurai’s guardian divinity who is considered a manifestation of the deity Parvati. Yes, the Meenakshi Temple is a straight Shakti Peeth temple.

What is not allowed in Meenakshi Temple?
No Shorts or Sleeveless Tops: Both men and women are not permitted to wear shorts, mini-skirts, or sleeveless tops. Shoulders and knees must be protected. Footwear: Visitors must remove their shoes before entering the temple grounds.
 
Is Meenakshi Temple a wonder of the world?

Meenakshi Temple is the 8th wonder of the world.

What is the perfect time to visit the Meenakshi Temple?

While the months of July and August are ideal for visiting Meenakshi temple due to the pleasant monsoons, the summer months in Madurai are hot and sticky. If you want to visit during the Chithirai Festival, the months of April and May are ideal.

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