Meenakshi Amman Temple is a mesmerizing temple standing on the southern bank of the Vaigai River in the temple city of Madurai, Tamil Nadu. The antique temple has been there for more than 2500 years and is worshiped by all the people in Tamil Nadu with all their hearts. The temple also is known as an architecture wonder and a heritage place.

 

Worshipping a Female God !

According to legends, this temple is built in devotion to Meenakshi, an avatar of Hindu Goddess Parvati. This is a rare happening in India, to have a temple devoted to a female deity.

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One of the seven wonders of India !

Meenakshi temple made it to the list of top 30 nominees for the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’. However, it received the honour of making it to the seven wonders of India because of its architectural importance.

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Built in 6th century BC

The present day structures are rebuilt in 17th century by Nayak ruler Vishwanatha Nayakar after the Mughal invasion in 14th century. But it is rumoured that the original structures of the temple were built in 6th century BC by  survivors of Kumari Kandam. Kumari Kandam refers to a mythical lost continent with an ancient Tamil civilization, located south of present-day India, in the Indian Ocean.

meenakshi kovil architeccture

 

 

With a remarkable thousand pillar wall

Meenakshi Kovil has a  mind-boggling hall, namely Meenakshi Nayakkar Mandapam, whose pillars are known for their unique music notes forming quality. Each of the pillars produces a note with a different frequency. Legend says that musicians used to create music from these pillars by playing them simultaneously.

9-1000 pillar

 

One of the most visited temples in India !

This temple is known to be one of the biggest temples in the country and hence attracts a lot of tourists. Temple receives around 15000 to 30000 visitors a day. All the funds raised through these tourists are used for the renovation of this temple as a whole. Meenakshi Tirukalyanam festival held in April May, receives more than a million visitors

 

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Home to 33,000 sculptures! 

This temple is known to have 33,000 sculptures. Each pillar is known as the hall of thousand pillars and has a carved monument of the Dravidian sculpture.

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Dedicated to lord Shiva and Parvathi!

Goddess Parvathi was the queen of this place until the day lord Shiva came to earth to marry goddess Parvathi.  This divine day of their marriage is celebrated every year during spring with flowers and fountains.

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HQ of art and culture in Madurai across times !

Meenakshi temple is the epicenter of art and culture in Madurai. Also, the temple has promoted Tamil culture, language, literature art and music down the centuries.

 

meenakshi temple and madurai culture
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Elephant Blessings

For devotees reaching Meenakshi temple receiving an elephant blessing is a must. This is a tradition followed in many of the famous southern temples

Elephant blessing people, Sri Meenakshi Temple (This Hindu temple is dedicated to Shiva and his consort Parvati), Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
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