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All days of the week
5:00 AM - 12:30 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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East Chitrai Street, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001, India
entry fee
No entry fee
All days of the week
5:00 AM - 12:30 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
visit duration
4 to 5 hours

how to reach sri meenakshi temple

Depending on your current location in Madurai, this landmark temple in the city is easily accessible by taxis, local buses and autorickshaws. It is located around 2 km away from Madurai railway station. One can take a cab or hire an auto rickshaw to the temple.

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about sri meenakshi temple

One of the most spectacular temple complexes of India,  Sri Meenakshi Temple in Madurai is a wonderful mix of legends, myths, and some brilliant architectural techniques. The original temple is believed to have been built by Kulasekara Pandya, who received a boon from Goddess Parvati in the form of his daughter, Meenakshi. The legend and beauty of the temple lend Madurai most of its current character, including the planning of the lotus-shaped city which has this temple as its centre.

Meenakshi literally translates to fish-eyed, a symbol of beauty and godly grace. The credit for the current shape and form of the temple goes to the Nayakas, who ruled the region between the 16th and 18th centuries and brought the architecture of the temple to its present grandeur. Be it the fascination for history or for the pure sense devotion, you're sure to experience a heavenly feeling at this temple. Give yourself at least 3 hrs to appreciate the complex. On any given day, you’ll be one among 20,000 visitors here.

Dedicated to Meenakshi, an incarnation of Parvati, and her husband Sundareshwar (an avatar of Shiva), the  Sri Meenakshi Temple has Meenakshi as its central deity instead of Shiva, a marked distinction from the usual norm. Located on the southern banks of River Vaigai, the temple houses a black-stone idol of Meenakshi Amman in its main shrine and a swayambhu (self-appearing) lingam in the shrine close to it, marking Lord Shiva's presence. Meenakshi Amman's idol is depicted here with a parrot in her right hand, usually associated with the presence of the Vaishnava Azhwar saint, Andal. There is also a hall named Kilikoondu Mandapam (a corridor of the parrots), which was previously used to train parrots to recite and chant Goddess Meenakshi's name.

Sri Meenakshi Temple  is also one of the few temples which has 4 gateways facing 4 different directions. The complex has several smaller quadrangular complexes and has 14 gopurams or towers, out of which the tallest is about 52 m high. The eye-catching vimanas over the shrine of the two central deities are another sight to behold, each with their own set of intricate carvings depicting humans, animals, demons and gods, both being plated in gold. A visit to this temple also calls for a visit to the Hall of 1000 pillars or Aayiram Kaal Mandapam (which in reality has 985 pillars).

Some of these pillars are also called Musical Pillars, which when struck, produce notes of Carnatic music. This was built in 1569 by Ariyanatha Mudaliar, with perfect symmetry and artistic vision. Each pillar here is intricately carved with figures of Shiva, Karthekeya, Ganesha and Rati (wife of Kama). If your heart still desires more, you can visit the in-house museum here to delve deeper into its 1200-year-old history.

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Nanda Kishore Reddy
Nanda Kishore Reddy
Re:Rs100 ticket issue.
Dec 26 2018
There was a ticket of rs. 100.which was too long n busy than the free dharshan. When asked a police who was on duty told this is the way we have n told to complaint anywhere i want. Very negligence responce by the temple people who was on duty. The ...... read more
Kshema P
Kshema P
Sep 12 2016
love love love love love love love love love love it....any one can enjoy this awesome experience!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (children and adults)