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Meenakshi Temple, Tamil Nadu

Situated in Madurai, the elegance with the Meenakshi temple is unmatched. It is among the main sights of Madurai, the oldest town of Tamil Nadu. This huge temple complex has statues exploring the entire range of human feelings. The Meenakshi temple complex is actually a town temple, which is one of the greatest and historic temples. It truly is said that Madurai is the venue of marriage ceremony in between Shiva and Meenakshi. This mighty temple has exquisitely and intricately carved towers that envelop the temple devoted to Meenakashi. The south gateway has the twin temples of Shiva and Meenakshi and is also about 9 storeys higher.

It's a beautiful instance of Dravidian architecture and the authentic temple was constructed by Kulasekara Pandya. However the Nayaks also contributed towards the grandeur in the temple. The Nayaks ruled Madurai through the 16th to the 18th century and left a royal have an impact on of their rule inside the Meenakshi - Sundareswarar Temple.

The Architecture
The Meenakshi Sundareshwar Temple has grand Gopurams which tower over the city, at the heart of which they stand. The temple complicated spreads above six hectares inside the city and is also flooded with visitors from all above, practically everyday. The towers have minute and delicate carvings of the gods and goddesses, mythological figures and running depictions of legendary tales. The majestic southern gopuram has more than 1500 sculptures! This temple is committed to Shiva and Meenakshi, an incarnation of his spouse Parvati, who was born to some childless ruler soon after a lot of a prayer. The Temple Museum is in the 'thousand pillared hall' in which each from the 985 pillars are carved in great detail.

How to Reach
Air - Madurai is linked by air with Mumbai and Chennai. Madurai airport is 10-km far from the city.
Rail - Madurai has direct rail connections to Bangalore, Coimbatore, Kollam, Chennai, Rameshwaram, Thanjavur, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelveli, Tirupathi and Tuticorin.
Road - You will find excellent roads connecting Madurai to all elements of South India. Madurai metropolis has five Major Bus Stands- Periyar Bus Stand, Anna Bus Stand, Palanganatham Bus Stand, Arapalayam Bus Stand, Mattuthavani Bus Stand. From Madurai town buses, suburban buses, taxis, car rickshaws and cycle rickshaws are accessible to reach the temple.