Madurai Meenakshi Temple in Madurai
By Smitakshi Guha
Situated on the banks of River Vaigai in Madurai, in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the Madurai Meenakshi Temple, also known as the Meenakshi Amman Temple, is an immensely popular Hindu pilgrim place, where millions of people gather every year to offer their prayers and seek spiritual peace. The temple is so popular that its existence has made the city of Madurai become widely known as a “temple city,” instead of being referred to by its official name: Madurai.
The temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, who is worshipped as Meenakshi here, and her husband Lord Shiva, who is known as Sundareshwar here. Known for its ancient architecture and splendid culture, it is the fundamental and central point of the city.
The temple is so grand that it has always been one of the most talked about architectural successes in the country. It has two golden shrines, 12 gateway towers, known as the gopurams, a temple tank, which is a pond with a golden lotus, a variety of musical pillars, a grand hall that consists of 1000 pillars.
The temple is always bustling with devotees, rituals and a list of culture events that keep it joyous all the time. Since there are no weather restrictions, the place is open for devotees and tourists all time of the year.
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