Meenakshi Temple - Madurai

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Pandya rulers lavished their skill and resources on the architecture of Madurai Meenakshi temple. Meenakshi Amman Temple is a twin temple dedicated to Sundareswarar and his consort Meenakshi Amman.There are 11 gopurams, the most attractive of them being the one at the southern entrance rising to a height of 160 feet with a parabolic curve. Madurai is one of the 51 Shakti Peetams and the Meenakshi temple is the seat of Bhudha. The Golden Lotus Tank inside Meenakshi temple is surrounded by spacious corridors, the walls of which are covered with paintings depicting the Lord's miracles.

Adjacent to the tank are the Unjal Mandapam and the Kilikoottu Mandapam. The long rows of pillars here contain delicately-carved figures. There is a special Peetam in a six-pillared mandapam, where the coronation of all Nayak kings took place. The coronation of Meenakshi temple is also performed on this Peetam every year during the Chitrai festival. Goddess Meenakshi is believed to have been born as the daughter of a Pandya king, and Siva as Sundareswarar, married her.


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