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Meenakshi Temple

Meenakshi Temple is located in Tamil Nadu southern part of India at Madurai city. This largest temple is dedicated to lord Shiva and his wife Meenakshi.   

The Meenakshi temple complex is one of the largest and certainly one of the most ancient.

As per the legend Madurai is the actual site where the wedding between Shiva and Meenakshi took place. The soaring and exquisitely carved towers enclose the temple dedicated to Meenakashi. The south gateway contains the twin temples of Shiva and Meenakshi and is about nine storeys high.        

These sanctums are surrounded by 12 Gopurams or Gates which have thousands of sudhai figures designed on them in vivid hues. These sudhai figures are of deities, mythical animals and monsters which are engraved over the solid granite bases.       

Pyramidal gates(gopurams) rise to a height of more than 50m. These towering gateways indicate the entrance to the temple complex at the four cardinal points, while lesser gopuras lead to the sanctums of the main dieties. There are numerous Mandapam or the halls in Meenakshi temple like Astha Sakthi Mandapam, Meenakshi Nayakkar Mandapam, Oonjal Mandapam, Vasantha Mandapam, Swami Sundareswarar Shrine but the Mandapam that attracts the tourists the most is "The Thousand Pillar Mandapam". This Mandapam actually has only 985 columns and also has a Temple Art Museum in it which makes it a bit different. Golden Lotus tank is another attraction of Meenakshi temple. This is an ancient tank where devotees come to take the holy dip. It is also called the Potramaraikulam and the water of this tank is considered holy by devotees, which is supposed to have curative powers. This is a must visit temple of Tamil Nadu.      

Meenakshi Temple is one of the largest temple complexes in India, from her rambling maze-like palace the Goddess Meenakshi presides over the ancient city of Madurai.   

The grandeur of the Meenakshi temple has remained undiminished for the past two thousand years. This sprawling and awe-inspiring temple complex is not only a marvel of architecture but also a veritable treasure trove of Indian culture and civilization. It is also one of the largest temple complexes in India.         

Madurai has daily flights from Madras (Chennai) and regular flights from Bangalore. It is an important railway junction on the Southern Railway network.  Madurai is also well connected  by road.  

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