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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. Use our Madurai itinerary builder to arrange your visit to Sri Meenakshi Temple and other attractions in Madurai.
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  • Fine Temple with Astounding Architecture.Amazing to feel the serenity of this temple. Maintenance of this Temple is really good  more »
  • Am felt amazing when saw the temple. Also am breath less at saw the sculpture in the temple. Am be proud to be a tamilan.  more »
  • Temple has an amazing architecture and spread into a very large area with four directional gates. Guides are available in the mandir compound. however, no guide seems pushy or desperate. Priority Dars...  more »
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  • The Historical Hindu Temple devoted to Shiv and Parvati is one of the biggest temples of the South which no one can afford to miss. Visit and see yourself and think how it could be constructed when science was no so developed and Civil Engineering was not that advanced. Visit and worship. Photographic in the main temple is not allowed. In the complex, a pond is also there. Need at least 3 hours to justify the visit.
  • The magnanimity of the structure and the carvings on the walls is simply breathtaking. The aura and ambience of the temple will give you chills. Make it a point to visit the gallery of 1000 pillars and try identify the musical pillars.
  • Meenakshi Amman Temple is an impressive Hindu temple that dates back to the sixth century, though most of the present structure was built a thousand years later. Located on the Vaigai River , it is perhaps the most important temple in Madurai, itself a 2,500-year-old city. Intricate carvings about inside and out; the temple has a total of 14 towers, each dedicated to a god or person. Some 33,000 sculptures as well as rich paintings can be found in the temple complex.
  • Excellent temple. One of the best temples I've visited in India. Not a single bad experience to mention. For a better view and comfort visit the temple early in the morning.
  • A best temple complex for history lovers. Must see this place before you die. Its a great experience for me to visit this marvelous monument!

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Where to stay in Madurai

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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