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Meenakshi Temple

Madurai

14.7/5(249 Ratings)

Meenakshi Temple Overview

Ranked 1 of 15 sightseeing in Madurai

Meenakshi  Temple is also known as Meenakshi Amman Temple and attracts tourists and pilgrims alike. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is named after the deity and goddess Parvati. Sundareswarar means beautiful Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati is called Meenakshi. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva visited Madurai to marry Parvati since Madurai has been her abode.

The temple complex extends over an area of 6 hectares and dates back to 2500 AD. The temple is known for its beautiful architecture and has 12 gateways (Gopurams), which are 45 to 50 metres in height. The tallest Gopuram of the temple is the southern Gopuram. This gateway is as high as nine storeys, with images of numerous gods and goddesses.

The temple comprises 985 pillars and 14 towers, with two towers dedicated to the main deities. The present structure of the temple has been built in 16th century by Nayak King of Madurai Vishwanatha Nayak. Tourists can also get a bird's eye view of the city from the southern Gopuram of the temple.

What travellers are saying about Meenakshi Temple

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  • Excellent 118
  • Very Good 29
  • Average 1
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  • Best Time: During DayBest Time: During Day
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsLength of visit: 1-2hrs
Facilities available
  • Food available for purchaseFood available for purchase
  • Bathroom facilitiesBathroom facilities
  • Camera/Video allowedCamera/Video allowed
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowedWearing of shoes/footwear allowed
  • Lockers/StorageLockers/Storage

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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
5:00 AM -10:00 PM
Saturday:
5:00 AM -10:00 PM
Sunday:
5:00 AM -10:00 PM
Public Holidays:
5:00 AM -10:00 PM
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78% voted as clean

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Review and Ratings

Gopi S5.0/5

7 reviews

Peaceful place

i was travelled with my office people in this temple.we are enjoyed lot of moments. office tour fulfilled after saw this place.A famous temple in madurai dedicated for the god - meenakshi amman and sundareshwarar.

Vikas Rana5.0/5

69 reviews

Amazing architecture

We visited Meenakshi temple in the morning around 7 am. It is a big temple, easily takes 2-3 hrs. We visited on a weekday, not much rush. Very clean from inside. It is recommended to hire a guide to understand the various sections and history behind each artefact. It cost us Rs 300 for an hr. We took the special darshan tickets which is basically a fast track system, it cost us Rs 100 per adult. It is an amazing temple. Lots of single stone carvings. A must see.

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Shakya bhattacharyya5.0/5

9 reviews

Meenakshi Temple

Took a good amount of more than two hours to visit the full premises. Splendid Work of Art, beautiful intricate carvings neatly coloured. Huge premises with talk and gigantic Gopurams all around. Magnificent to look at all the work on the walls of the Temple. Darshan was good with not much rush.

Sivasubramanian arumugam5.0/5

2 reviews

Divine presence

A MUST TO VISIT PLACE FOR ALL HUMAN BEINGS ON THE EARTH. THE SCULPTURES, THE DECORATION OF DEITIES, THE POOJAS AND SO ON. YOU CAN FEEL THE HEAVEN ON THE EARTH. THE VIBRATION WILL LAST FOR LONG IN OUR BODY

Prashantsingh rajput5.0/5

3 reviews

Meenakshi Temple

It's one of the best temple in India. Temple architecture is outstanding. Museum inside is also worth to watch. After darshan near Ganesha idol take a look at ceiling paintings. From whichever angle we see Shivlinga, its pointing toward us. Amazing work.

Er. rahul4.3/5

184 reviews

Meenakshi temple

Famous for its Meenakshi Temple, Madurai is one of the oldest cities of India. The city is said to be constructed in the form of a lotus and thus known as Lotus City as well. Madurai is basically the place for those who cherish architecture or have great faith in Hindu religion. The place seems to have a sanctifying effect and the moment one steps in the city, a strange kind of peace starts to settle in him. Apart from Meenakshi Temple, one can also visit Thiruparankundram, which is one of the older temples dedicated to Lord Muruga(Karthikeya). Gandhi Museum is another place to see in Madurai. The museum houses Gandhis bloodstained dhoti and some other artifacts related to freedom struggle in India.

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Pradeep Ramachandran5.0/5

225 reviews

Wow .. What a temple architecture ... Amazing

Amazing temple architecture.. can't believe how they build this temple in the 14th or 16 th century.fully built by stones with curved architecture. for devites they can opt free darshan or paid darshan. paid darshan will take 100 Rs. we can visit first sundaresan(shiva) and follows by meenakshi ( parvathi). mobile will be allowed and power bank and camera they won't allow. In main temple non hindus are not allowed.need minimum 3 hours to visit this temple see the beauty. also depend upon the rush. in festival season huge rush may expect.

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Pandidurai5.0/5

1 review

It's great experience

Madurai is very good and enthusiastic city. The people who were in the city were very helpful and humanitized. I have enjoyed lot and madurai the Indian railways made a great full travel to madurai and made a Easy ful journey to madurai

Suresh5.0/5

1 review

A Heaven City

Meenakshi Temple is a historic Hindu temple located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River in the temple city of Madurai. ifYou have short time or long time holiday you can spend with madurai city. The Meenakshi amman temple is such a nice place in madurai. once we enter the in the temple we get a positive energy. it feels make a happy and relaxation .
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Venkata satya sri manikanta bhuma4.3/5

1 review

Meenakshi amma temple

Meenakshi amma temple was situated in the middle of Madhuri city and its a very good temple showing all the south Indian sculptures and the view will be awesome. From the airport you have only taxi facility in to the city. There are two temples inside 1 Meenakshi amma 2.lord shiva inside it is very big temple.

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