#travelwithgdp Fact: The most impressive and important of south India’s temples, Meenakshi temple in Madurai dates back as far as 3,500 years! Apparently, the city was built around the Shiva lingam that’s inside its sanctum. The temple complex covers 15 acres, and has 4,500 pillars and 12 towers which is massive!
Description: Meenakshi Temple, also referred to as Meenakshi Amman or Minakshi-Sundareshwara Temple, is a historic Hindu temple located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River in the temple city of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. It is dedicated to Meenakshi, a form of Parvati, and her consort, Sundareshwar, a form of Shiva. The temple’s four main towers and entrances each face one of the four directions (north, east, south, and west). The tallest one, the southern tower, stretches nearly 170 feet (52 meters) high! Inside, there are two main shrines — one dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi (also known as Goddess Parvati) and the other to her husband Lord Shiva. I could go on and on about the history and beauty of the temple but still wouldn’t be able to do justice to it.
The Koodal Azhagar Temple is also very close by to the Meenakshi Temple. Would suggest everyone visit both the temples at one go. Don’t forget to have a snack in between at the Murugan Idly Shop.
Place: Madurai Railway Station, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Date: July, 2018
Shot On: @oneplus 3
Travelling With: Prabhu Sr.
Places Visited on Trip: Madurai, Rameswaram, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India
Trip Total Days: 4 Days
Budget Required: INR 10,000