Meenakshi Amman Temple is a ancient Hindu temple on the southern bank of the Vaigai River of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. It is devoted to Parvati known as Meenakshi and her consort Shiva here named Sundareswarar. The temple forms the heart and lifeline of the 2,500-year-old city of Madurai and is a important icon for the Tamil people, described since antiquity in Tamil literary works. Although the present design and style was built between 1623 and 1655 CE.
It is mention that the temple is basically construct in the 6th century BC by survivors of the Kumari Kandam. In 14th century, the Mughal Muslim Leader Malik Kafur plundered the temple and looted it of its valuable items. This temple reconstruct by the Nayak leader Vishwanatha Nayakar around the 16th century. Vishwanatha Nayak who reconstruct the temple in obedience to shilpa shastra. It houses 14 gopurams, varying from 45–50m in height. The highest is the southern tower which is 51.9 meters high and two golden molded vimanas, the shrines over the garbhagrihas of the main deities. The temple draws 15,000 visitors a day and around 25,000 on Fridays and it obtains an annual revenue of ₹ 60 million.
There are 14 gopuram the tallest of which the famous southern tower which rises to over 170 feet and construct in 1559. The oldest gopuram is the eastern one which is built by Maravarman Sundara Pandyan during 1216-1238. Every gopuram is a multi – storeyed structure which coated with thousands of stone figures of animals, gods and demons painted in bright shades. The outer gopuram presents significantly pyramidal tower encrusted with plaster figures, while the inner gopuram serves as the entrance to the inner enclosure of Sundareswarar shrine.
Do’s and Dont’s in temple
1. Devotees should not enter the temple without taking bath.
2. Devotees should not enter the temple wearing shorts, Lunges, and caps.
3. Chewing betal leaves, tobacco, Gutka prohibited inside the temple.
4. Devotees are not allow to enter the temple with foot wears or socks
5. Devotees with uncomfortable injuries are not allow inside the temple.
6. Female devotees should not enter the temple for the first 5 days of their menstruation period.
7. Devotees should maintain discipline and follow the rules of Vaidhika Dharma.
8. Cleaning of the temple should be maintain.
9. Smoking and Spitting inside temple is strictly prohibited.
10. Devotees can get more or specific information from the Executive Officer of the temple.
11. Umbrella, Sticks, Materials made of animal skin not allow inside the temple.
Daily Pooja Schedules
1. Thiruvanandal pooja: Morning: 05:00 AM – 06:00 AM
2. Vizha pooja: Morning: 06:30 AM – 07:15 AM
3. Kalasandhi pooja: Morning: 06:30 AM – 07:15 AM
4. Thrikalasandhi pooja: Morning: 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
5. Uchikkala Pooja (Noon Pooja): Morning: 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
6. Maalai pooja: Evening: 04:30 PM – 05:15 PM
7. Ardhajama Pooja (Night Pooja): Night: 07:30 PM – 08:15 PM
8. Palliarai pooja: Night: 09:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Meenakshi Amman Temple Timings
09:00 am – 07:00 pm
Meenakshi Amman Temple Location
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