Meenakshi Temple

Meenakshi Amman Temple is historic hindu temple located in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. It's dedicated to Devi Parvati who known as Meenakshi. This temple was originally built by survivors of the Kumari Kandam in the 6th century BC. This temple is also known as Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple in India.

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By Air

Madurai Airport is located around 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) from the city of Avaniyapuram. It provides domestic flights to a number of Indian cities. International flights and services are available at the airport to Colombo, Dubai, and Singapore.

By Train

Madurai Junction is the main railway station servicing the district. Madurai offers direct trains to other major cities and towns in India, including New Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, and Chennai. The temple is about 10 minutes away from Madurai Junction Railway Station.

By Bus

Minakshi-Sundareshwara Temple is well connected with roads too. If you're taking a state or private bus to Madurai to see the temple, you may get out at the Mattuthavani Bus Stand, which is only 20 minutes away from the Minakshi-Sundareshwara Temple.

Meenakshi Temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Meenakshi Amman Temple is a historic Hindu temple located in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. It’s dedicated to Devi Parvati who known as Meenakshi and her consort Shiva known as Sundareshwar. This temple is also called Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple. This is one of India's oldest and most imperative temples.

Meenakshi Amman Temple is a stunning example of Dravidian architecture and it is a significant pilgrimage destination for Hindus. According to legend, the temple was originally built by King Kulasekara Pandyan I of the Pandya Dynasty in the 6th century. However, the current architectural marvel that we see today was rebuilt by the Nayak Dynasty between the 16th and 18th centuries. The temple complex underwent several expansions and renovations over the centuries, that making it a fascinating blend of different architectural styles.

Things to do in Meenakshi Temple:

1. Attend the Temple Aarti

Twice in day, mesmerizing fire puja is performed in the temple.

2. Explore Temple

Tourists can explore the temple hall which has 985 pillars and every pillar have a unique design. Temple has a museum called "The Temple Art Museum", which has a good collection of ancient paintings and sculptures.

3. Shopping

Shopping on the streets of Madurai is a great experience. Here you get lots of items right from fancy items, toys to larger ones.

4. Food

Here you let a wide variety of mouthwatering delicacies mixed with various spices. The areas near the temple is surrounded with lots of eatery joints.

5. Photography

Meenakshi temple architecture is so amazing that you can't stop you from taking photos. Every photo you click here will give you a pleasant experience.

6. Rickshaw Ride

People can explore the city, local markets, and other tourist attractions.

Places to visit near Meenakshi Temple:

1. Visit Kutladampatti Falls

Kutladampatti Falls is located in Tamil Nadu's Madurai district and is around 30 kilometers from the district headquarters, which takes less than an hour by car. It's renowned as a modest neighbourhood attraction where people may spend an evening.

2. Gandhi Museum

The Gandhi Memorial Museum is one of the prominent places to learn about Mahatma Gandhi's life. It was originally a palace of Rani Mangammal of the Naick dynasty. This structure has witnessed several monarchs throughout the years.

3. Puthu Mandapam

This is a colorful market. It is a very good place for shopping and experiencing the local culture of the city.

Hotels near Meenakshi Amman Temple:

There are many hotels are available but we made a list of some top rated hotels near Meenakshi Amman Temple and these all hotels are in the range of 5 Km from the Temple. 

1. Moskava Hotel 
2. Hotel President 
3. Hotel Royal Court
4. Madurai Residency
5. JC Residency Madurai
6. Astoria Hotel
7. Hotel Northgate

This list of hotels has very good facilities, affordable prices, and good rooms.

Temple Timings:

Morning Darshan Timing: 5:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

Evening Darshan Timing: 4:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. 

During festival temple timings may be changed.

Some Additional Tips:

1. Hire a guide that help you to learn more about temple history and significance.
2. Both men and women should avoid wearing shorts and western dresses.
3. To avoid crowds, it's recommended to visit the temple in the early hours. It's a great opportunity to explore the temple in peace.
4. Visit the temple during the festival which offers a unique glimpse into the vibrant culture and religious traditions of Tamil Nadu.

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Activities at Meenakshi Temple:
Temple Pilgrimage

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