Name: Meenakshi Temple
Location: Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Sanctum: Sundareswarar (Lord Shiva) and Meenakshi (Goddess Parvati)
Also Called as: Meenakshi Amman Temple
Significance: One of the sacred abodes of Goddess Parvati
The famous Hindu saint, Thirugnanasambandar mentioned it as the 7th century sculpture, and described as Aalavai Iraivan. Later some changes were made to the structure. By the King of Madurai, Viswanatha Nayak (1559–1600), which was supervised by the prime minister of the Nayaka Dynasty Ariyanatha Mudaliar.
Early in the 14th century, Malik Kafur, invaded the kingdom. Malik Kafur marched into Madurai. The Meenakshi temple with its fourteen towers were destroyed, leaving only the two shrines of Sundaresvara and Meenakshi.
Meenakshi Amman Temple has also been nominated for the new Seven Wonders of the World. Hundreds and thousands of devotees come every year to pay their obeisance of the Lord.
About Meenakshi Temple:
The Temple is blessed with the presence of Sundareswar i.e., Lord Shiva and Meenakshi i.e., Goddess Parvati. “Sundareswar” means “the beauty” and “Meenakshi” means “the fish-eyed”. Madurai is the city where Lord Shiva married Parvati. The Temple is one of the most sacred places of Parvati.
The shrine of Shiva embraces the site at the centre. The image of Nataraja (King of Dance) on a silver altar, known as Velli Ambalam. Towards the left side of Shiva, the shrine of Goddess Meenakshi appears with all beauty.
The Meenakshi temple has 14 gopurams. Each gopuram is a multi-storeyed structure, with different tone figures.
The Distinct feature is the presence of parrot in Goddess Menakshi’s right hand. Lord Shiva performs the cosmic dance at the 5 courts present.
There are around 50 priests who are to perform pooja.
It is a 6 time pooja Everyday. Namely:
- abhisheka (sacred bath),
- alangaram (decoration),
- neivethanam (food offerings) and
- deepa aradanai (waving of lamps).
- “Meenakshi Thirukalyanam” (the divine marriage)
- “Ther Thiruvizhah”
- “Theppa Thiruvizhah”
- Navrathri and Shivrathri
- “Aadi” and “Thai”
- “Avani Moola Utsavam”
lal excited to visit this temple? Make sure you do as soon as possible. Lord Shiva well known as a innocent god. Known to fulfills everyone’s wishes if asked with all love and dedication. In the evening the ambiance of the temple is a delight to watch with number of diya’s lit all around.
NOTE: NO Clicking pictures in the temple premises. One should make sure to maintain the neatness and cleanliness of the temple. Traditional attire is a must.