Meenakshi Temple - Interesting Facts About Amman Temple

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The Meenakshi Temple, also known as Meenakshi Amman Temple, is situated in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India, on the southern bank of the Vaigai River

Temple City of Madurai

The Meenakshi Temple, which dates back more than 2,500 years, is the pinnacle of Dravidian architecture, including elaborate carvings, colourful statues, and imposing gopurams

Ancient Architectural Marvel

The temple honors Goddess Parvati and her spouse Lord Shiva, with dedicated temples and corresponding Vimanams, visible from a distance

Dedicated to Divine Duo

The "Hall of Thousand Pillars" (Ayiram Kaal Mandapam), is a vast hall with well-carved pillars. When struck, each pillar is said to produce a unique melodic note

Hall of a Thousand Pillars

The Golden Lotus Tank is a revered tank located within the temple. Before entering the temple, pilgrims frequently take a ritualistic dip in this tank

Golden Lotus Tank

Each of the four imposing entry towers at Meenakshi Temple faces different direction. The Southern Gopuram is the highest of all, rising to a height of around 52 meters

Four Majestic Entrances

The emerald-hued black stone image of Meenakshi is a unique sight. Her eyes are depicted as fish-like, symbolizing her wisdom and omnipresence

Divine Fish-Eyed Goddess

Meenakshi Temple was among the top 30 nominees for the "New Seven Wonders of the World" competition, showcasing its global significance and architectural beauty

A World Wonder Contender

The temple is associated with "Pancha Sabhas," five locations where Lord Nataraja performs his cosmic dance, representing different aspects of Shiva's cosmic dance

Pancha Sabhas

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