Timings - Opening & Closing:
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
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...