Meenakshi Amman Temple is famous historical shrine dedicated to Goddess Parvati (Known as Mennakshi) wife of Lord Shiva (here Named Sundareswarar). It is situated at the bank of Vaigai River in the holy town Madurai, Tamil Nadu. The Meenakshi Amman temple is the main temple of Shakti in India. According to mythology, the holy Sayambulingam was founded by King of deity Indira at Kadambavanam. Later it was enshrined in Madurai by him. After numerous historical evidences of the Shrine have been found dating back from the A.D. In the 14th century, the temple was destroyed completely by Muslim Commander Malik Kafur. Early 16 century, it was again rebuilt by Nayak Rular Vishwanatha Nayakar.
Meenakshi word derives from two words MINA means fish and AKSI means eyes (Fish-eyed) and Sundareswar (Meaning the Beautiful Lord). According to Hindu legends, this is one of the holy places where was lord Sundareswar appeared to marry Maa (Mother or Goddess) Meenakshi.
Each and every day on around 15,000 visitors and on Friday around 25,000 visitors comes in the temple. It is the main tourist attraction point of the City. The temple has more than 30,000 sculptures. Meenakshi Amman Temple was under top 30 for the new top Seven Wonders of the World. Every year in the month of April and May, is celebrated 10 day festival.
In the Meenakshi Amman Temple, there are twelve towers. In each direction, you will found towers which are all nine storey with the height of within 161 to 170 feet. In every 12 year, the sculpture of deities which is on the towers is repaired and repainted.
The Meenakshi Amman temple is a historical shrine spread in the 45 acres area. It is the largest temple complex in the Tamil Nadu. There are rear temples in Tamil Nadu that have four entrances for each direction. The Tallest towers of the all twelve towers are with the height of 170 feet. At the center of the sanctum sanctorum, there is an image of Nataraja (in the form of Dancing Lord Shiva) on a huge silver alter. The Temple is also recognizing as Velli ambalam (Silver Abode).
The city Madurai has own domestic airport, so by air one can come here as well as the city is connected with all major cities by road.
Opening and Closing Time: The Temple opens in the morning at 5:00am to 12pm and in the evening 4:00pm to 10pm.