Meenakshi Temple, Madurai

Meenakshi Temple

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    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • 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 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.


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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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9 Video Reviews for Meenakshi Temple

Rahul Koottiyani

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  • Rahul Koottiyani
  • Lives in Mumbai
  •  128 helpful votes
  •  1 reader
  • Posted Aug 27, 2015
Overall Rating
5/7
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Rahul Koottiyani

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  • Rahul Koottiyani
  • Lives in Mumbai
  •  128 helpful votes
  •  1 reader
  • Posted Aug 27, 2015
Overall Rating
6/7
  • 931

Manoj

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  • Manoj
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • Posted Jun 11, 2017
Overall Rating
7/7
  • 254

Bharti k patel

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  • Bharti k patel
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Overall Rating
6/7
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Kirit Patel

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  • Lives in Baroda
  • 6 photos
  • 18 Reviews
  •  26 helpful votes
  •  10792 readers
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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Abhinav Kumar

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  • Lives in Delhi
  • 291 photos
  • 174 Reviews
  •  182 helpful votes
  •  111616 readers
  • Posted Aug 22, 2016
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Shakya bhattacharyya

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  • 8 Reviews
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"Meenakshi Temple" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
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.
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Sivasubramanian arumugam

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  • 2 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  19 readers

"Divine presence" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
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
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Prashantsingh rajput

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  • 3 Reviews
  •  19 readers

"Meenakshi Temple" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
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.
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Er. rahul

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  • Er. rahul
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 136 photos
  • 168 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
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"Meenakshi temple" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
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 Gandhi’s bloodstained dhoti and some other artifacts related to freedom struggle in India.
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Pradeep Ramachandran

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  • Pradeep Ramachandran
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 849 photos
  • 188 Reviews
  •  72 helpful votes
  •  70461 readers

"Wow .. What a temple architecture ... Amazing" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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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Pandidurai

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  • 1 Review
  •  19 readers

"It's great experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Madurai is very good and enthusiastic city. The people who were in the city were very helpful and humanities. I have enjoyed lot and Madurai the Indian railways made a great full travel to Madurai and made a Easy ful journey to Madurai
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Suresh

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  • 1 Review
  •  19 readers

"A Heaven City"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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 bhuma

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  • 1 Review
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"Meenakshi amma temple"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Suneeta shukla

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"Beautiful Temple with intricate architecture"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 6, 2017
I visited the place near about fifteen years ago and thereafter visited once again in 2017, May end. Due to summer vacation it was over crowded and I felt difficulty as not aware about Special Darshan. As I entered from North Gate it was not mentioned anywhere and being not known with local language problem arose. Anyway so keep in mind that there is provision of special darshan line if you want to save time. Temple has its own value and importance in history.
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Jairaj Kumar

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  • Jairaj Kumar
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 4 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  1249 readers

"Once in a life time place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 8, 2017
Meenakshi temple is a must visit place for most folks, who love to visit holy places. The temple has four gate and has Lord Shiva and Lord Parvathy deity inside. The temple is extremely clean and the inner sanctuary has A/c. For an express visit, you have to shell 100Rs and it allows you a VIP kind of access, to both the temples. The place offers you inner peace and I would recommend it.
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