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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  • August 18, 2017
    On the night of our visit to the temple, their was a temple band playing which was gorgeous. As we listened to the band, an elephant can walking though the area! There was on area I wasn't allowed to ...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    This temple is more of an experience than a sight to view. The gopurams are a site to behold they are kind of towers over the gates of the temple. Once inside there are lots of stalls which surprised ...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    It is a twin temple of Lord Shiva and Goddess Meenakshi There are four massive gateways fully carved ---evening the temple opens at 4pm every corner of the temple is carved you become speechless after...  more »
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  • July 15, 2017
    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.
  • June 27, 2017
    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.
  • May 19, 2017
    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.
  • June 16, 2017
    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.
  • June 25, 2017
    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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