Sri Meenakshi Temple, Madurai

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Visit the vast complex of Sri Meenakshi Temple, a marvel of South Indian architecture sprawled over 6 ha (15 ac). Dedicated to Meenakshi, an avatar of Parvati and a warrior goddess, the current 27-temple complex dates back to the 17th century. Approach the temple through the surrounding pedestrian-only streets, admire its towering pillars, and visit the sacred “golden lotus” pond. Although the main shrine is only open to Hindus, you can explore the rest of the temple premises. Remember to dress modestly as the staff enforce strict wardrobe rules. Add Sri Meenakshi Temple and other attractions to your Madurai trip itinerary using our Madurai road trip planning website .
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  • ... was very impressive, I would not want to miss it. The ceremony is morning in their shrine and in the evening back to transport the statue of Shiva. One must so something to run with. Never are the times for this, but around - you should be so wait set. It starts with a loud Gong, which makes it impossible to miss the ceremony. Non-Hindus are not allowed in the inner shrine, but the temple is so impressive and it is worth to browse all nooks and crannies - you will discover not only countless statues, but as the representation of the 7 planets in the solar system, our Select days of the week (Sun, moon, Mars, etc.) I was personally not sooo exciting exhibits in the Museum, for the portico was all the more impressive.
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  • There are some places that devoid of any introductions! One among the destination that is renowned worldwide is Madurai. And this goddess is the main attraction adding fame to this oldest living city....  more »
  • this was the place out of the whole holiday that I really wanted to see, and it didn't disappoint. It was breathtaking, not only walking around it, but inside was wonderful. You need to wear long trou...  more »
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  • This temple is located in the heart of Madurai and is surrounded by colourful markets. The temple is a fine example of southern temple architecture. It has nine temple towers that soar almost fifty metres above the gateway and decorated with colourful stucco images of gods, goddesses and animals.such a beautiful temple one must see when you come to Madurai or down south. We truly like the most wonderful Evening Darshan without which our Visit to Madurai was incomplete. Thank you Lord Meenakshi !
  • I feel humble to rate this destination. Marvelous and divine. You get to wonder how did people think such a masterpiece in detail and how did they construct. Looks perfect in every aspect. Would like to see still cleaner and visitor friendly ambience.
  • The best of the best. The pride of Madurai and Tamilnadu. One of the ancient temple..Well maintained. It is a big temple with four main gate entrances placed in each directions (NEWS). You can be amused by the art work and might get lost inside this mega temple. But don't worry friendly staffs and local people are all around with good suggestions and guidance. Not only inside temple but also inside Madurai people are very friendly and ready to offer support.
  • Marvellous temple which shows the rich cultural heritage of South India. The temple is pretty big with four entrances. Of you are lucky you can get blessed by the temple elephant. It's too crowded on Thursdays and during festive seasons. Book your room's for stay prior to visit if you plan to stay here overnight. The temple tank is being well maintained nowadays.
  • It is a marvellous structure created with rocks. It is mesmerizing for any person which will take atleast 5 hours to see the full temple. We wonders how a temple with such beautiful architecture was constructed. Full of carved stones which normally take a life time to complete was done in a short span. The brilliance in its work owes to the interest of rulers in old days who used to reward people who contributed anything for the betterment of arts.

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Nestled in the central district close to the main religious sites lie a number of budget and mid-range accommodations. Located on the tangle of streets of this central area, the hotels and hostels have little space to work with, but offer rooms right in the heart of the city. If you're looking for something with a little more room to move and a more relaxing atmosphere, have a look at what's on offer in the more suburban areas to the west, and north across the river. Luxury hotels and resorts mimic the city's past regality, with infinity pools galore, fine-dining restaurants, and well-appointed rooms.
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