Madurai, the city of temples boasts one of the most famous and ancient temples dedicated to Goddess Parvati- Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple. The chief deity of this temple is Goddess Parvati in the form of Meenakshi Amman, along with her companion Lord Shiva, worshiped in the form of Lord Sundareswarar which means gorgeous God. Meenakshi Temple is popularly known as Tiru-alavai temple amongst the localites.
The crowd of devotees gets astonished by its magnificient architecture. There are fourteen huge and tall gopurams installed in this temple. The Meenakshi Temple, built between 1623- 1655 CE has entry towers that varies in heights ranging from 45-50 meters.
The tallest amongst this is the Southern tower which is 51.9 metres in height or 170 ft. The sanctum sanctorum is decorated by golden sculptured Vimanas that houses the chief idols.
Madurai city has its history attached with culture and religion for more than 2500 years. Meenakshi Amman temple is the heart and soul of the Tamil population and its importance is penned in various Tamil literatures.
Let us go through some statistical facts about the temple. An estimated 15,000 guests leave footprints at this temple during a normal day. If it is on Friday, the crowd crosses more than 25000. The temple, an important pilgrim center receives an income of INR 60 million every year. The temple has almost 33,000 statues of various Hindu deities.
The temple was one among the Top 30 contenders in the list of New Seven Wonders of the World.
The auspicious festival is organized during the months of April/May where more than a million devotees visits the temple to seek holy darshan of Amman and Sundareswarar. The ten day festival is related to the Marriage of the Goddess known as Meenakshi Tirukalyanam.
How to Reach
By Train: Madurai Junction (MDU) (1.7 kms) and Madurai East (MES) 4 kms are the nearest railway stations
By Bus: Mattuthavani Bus Terminus is 8 kms and Arappalayam Bus Station is 3 kms.
By Air: Madurai airport (IXM) is 10 kms
Style : Dravidian Architecture