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MEENAKSHI AMMAN TEMPLE

Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, the most revered heritage site and spiritual retreat in Tamil Nadu, moreover it is the face of Tamil Nadu Tourism. The temple has a magnificent charm of its own which captivates every visitor who visits to experience the splendor of this huge pilgrim center. The presiding deity of the temple is Goddess Meenakshi [Parvathy] and her consort Lord Shiva worshipped as Lord Sundareswarar.


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The exact date of the construction of Meenakshi Temple is not available but it is evident that it has been mentioned in ancient Indian puranic texts, which proves it to be probably a couple of thousand years old. It was completely devastated by the Islamic Ruler of the North, Malik Kafur during the year 1310. It was only during the late 14th century when the Hindu kings came back to power, and restored the temple to its old glory. However the current structure of the temple was built during the period 1623- 1655 CE.

The temple structure comprises of 14 Gopurams [temple towers] of each ranging height between 45m- 50m, which include 2 golden Shikaras above the main sanctum. Madurai Meenakshi Temple is world-renowned for these spectacular towers in and around the temple, which can be seen from a long distance.

Quick Facts:

  • Address: Madurai Main, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001
  • Height: 52 m
  • Architectural style: Dravidian architecture
  • Photography: Not allowed inside the temple
  • Dress Code: male devotees should wear dhotis or pajamas with upper cloth, or formal pants and shirts. Women should wear sarees or half saree with the blouse, churidars with an upper cloth. The children should wear any fully covered dress
  • Deity worshipped: Goddess Meenakshi [Parvathy] and her consort Lord Shiva worshipped as Lord Sundareswarar.
  • You will have to stand in long lines as there are many people who visit the temple. It is advised to keep atleast a buffer of 45-50 minutes in case you have other plans
Meenakshi Amman Temple

Temple Timings:

POOJA DETAILSTIMINGS
Thiruvanandal pooja05:00 AM – 06:00 AM
Vizha pooja06:30 AM – 07:15 AM
Kalasandhi pooja06:30 AM – 07:15 AM
Thrikalasandhi pooja10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Uchikkala Pooja (Noon Pooja)10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Maalai pooja04:30 PM – 05:15 PM
Ardhajama Pooja (Night Pooja)07:30 PM – 08:15 PM
Palliarai pooja09:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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How to Reach Meenakshi Amman Temple?

By Air:

The Madurai Airport is 11 kms away from the temple. There are a lot of direct and connected flights connecting Madurai to all major cities in India. After getting down at the airport grab a taxi or for those who prefer public transport may board in a Tamil Nadu Government transport bus to reach the Madurai Meenakshi Temple.

By Rail:

The nearest Railway station is Madurai Junction (2 km). Madurai Railway Station is connected by rail to all the major cities in India and rail transport is the cheapest and easiest way to reach Madurai.

By Road:

Mattuthavani Bus Stand is the major bus stand at Madurai where the interstate buses are available. There are frequent buses from all the cities in South India which connects Madurai.

Incredible Facts:

  1. Meenakshi Temple Is Abode Of The Triple-Breasted, Fish-Eyed Goddess Meenakshi Amman
  2. The Temple Has 15,000 Visitors A Day And Receives More Than 60 Million Rupees In Donations!
  3. The Temple Has An Estimated 33,000 Sculptures In The Temple
  4. The Temple Is Believed To Be 2500 Years-Old
  5. Meenakshi Temple Is The Largest Temple Complex In Tamil Nadu

Where To Stay?

The Temple has Three lodging facilities for pilgrims.

1.Birla Vishram,
15, West Chithirai Street,
Opp. to West Tower,
Madurai 625 001.
Phone : +91 – 0452-2345503

2.Sundareswarar Illam (Lodge) ,
15,West Chithirai Street,
Opp. to West Tower,Madurai 625 001.
Phone : +91 – 0452-2345503

3. Bakthargal Thangum Viduthi,
Ellis Nagar,
Madurai 625 010.
Phone : +91 –0452-2609868

Note: We don’t make any guarantees if the above-stated facts are not correct. If you think any information provided by us is wrong then contact us.

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