Sri Meenakshi Temple
Sri Meenakshi Temple Madurai Reviews
The geographic and ritual centre of Madurai Sep 18, 2008
The Sri Meenakshi Temple is the geographic and ritual centre of the ancient city of Madurai. The temple walls, streets and finally the ancient walls were built around the temple in concentric squares.
The Porthamarai Kulam is a sacred pond inside the temple complex, which is a holy site for devotees. People are supposed to walk around the small lake before entering the main shrine. Another highlight of the Menaakshi Temple is the Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, or Thousand Pillar Hall. This hall, which was built in 1569, contains not a thousand but 985 pillars. Each pillar is carved and is a monument of the Dravidian sculpture. The kalyana madapa, to the south of the pillared hall, is where the marriage of Shiva and Parvati is celebrated every year during the Chithirai Festival in April.
If you hire a guide to lead you around a temple, be aware that this guide will definitely to the Kashmiri Craft Shop on North Chitrai Street, supposedly for the view. The view is nice, but there’s also a complete army of persistent salesmen once you leave the rooftop.
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