Aruna SundaresanAugust 9, 20173860

Madurai Meenakshi Temple

Meenakshi Amman Temple is dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi(Parvati) & her consort Lord Sundareswarar(Shiva). It houses 12 Gopurams (pyramidal gates), out of which four tallest ones stand on the outer walls (facing four cardinal directions) and shorter Gopurams lead to sanctums of the main deities. The south gate is the tallest (51 m) and can be climbed to have a view of the entire city. This exquisite Dravidian architectural temple houses around 33,000 sculptures. The ‘Mandapam’ of the temple consists of 985 unique pillars, which were carved out of a single granite stone block. Some of the pillars produce music when tapped. There is an art museum within the premises showcasing the 1200 yr history. During the 10-day annual Meenakshi Tirukalyanam festival(April-May) the temple attracts over 1 million visitors.

Aruna Sundaresan

Aruna is a full-time writer, a part-time entrepreneur. She holds a Masters degree in Philosophy & Religion. In her free time, she loves to travel and read poetry.

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