Timings : 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Time Required : 1 - 2 hours
Entry Fee : No entry fee
The historic Meenakshi Amman temple is located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River, Madurai, Tamil Nadu. Built sometime between the year 1623 and 1655, the wonderful architecture of the place is renowned globally. Meenakshi Temple is primarily dedicated to Parvati, known as Meenakshi, and her spouse, Shiva. What makes this temple different from the others is the fact that both God and Goddess are worshipped together.
According to the mythology, Lord Shiva visited Madurai to marry Parvati and it has been the sacred abode of Goddess Parvati since her birth. Meenakshi temple was hence built here to commemorate the same and to pay respects to the Goddess. The most striking feature of the temple is its exquisite facade, which has highly minute details with great art pieces incorporated in the walls and pillars. Meenakshi Amman temple complex is made in accordance to the Shilpa Shastra and has 14 gateway towers or 'gopurams', golden 'vimanas', holy sanctums and shrines dedicated to the revered Goddess Meenakshi and many others. It is a major tourist attraction, with thousands of devotees visiting the shrine on a daily basis.
Air: Madurai has its own airport from where the distance to the temple is 11.9 kilometers. A taxi can be hired from outside the airport to reach the temple.
Rail: Distance from Madurai railway station to Meenakshi temple is 75.4 kilometers. Taxis, buses, and auto rickshaws are easily available outside the station.
Road: The nearest bus stop from the temple is Periyar at a distance of 1.3 kilometers. Buses regularly run from Periyar to the Meenakshi Temple.
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