We are going to know more details about the Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple. Here are many unknown informations and beautiful pictures for the viewers.
‘Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple’ is one of the world famous temples. Madurai is known as the ‘Thunganagaram’ and Madurai is famous for first madurai mali and next is meenakshi amman temple. This temple is before nominated as one among 30 of the ‘seven wonders of the world’.It is located on the southern bank of the Vaigai river.
The main goddess here is Parvathi,known as Meenakshi.Then the god Shiva,here named as Sundareswarar. There are so many other gods are present here. The proper name of this temple is Tiru-aalavai. Because of this shiva is called as the Tiru aalavai chokkanathar swami. Chidambaram temple is famous for ‘Lord Shiva’.
Likewise this temple is famous for meenakshi amman,so only it is named as ‘Meenakshi amman temple’.This is the oldest temple of about 2,500 years ago.The entire temple complex is in around 45 acres (180,000 m2).
It has about 14 gopurams. But 4 are the main towers.They are:
- Northern tower
- Southern tower
- Eastern tower
- Western tower
Among these southern tower is the tallest of 51.9 metres (170 ft) high.The oldest gopuram is the eastern one, built by Maravarman Sundara Pandiyan during 1216-1238. This also has two golden sculptured vimanas,the shrines over the garbhagrigam. It can also be viewable through a small hole on the top near the shivan sanadhi. Those who are going to visit meenakshi amman temple,don’t forget to see the golden vimanas.
The city was laid out in the shape of square with a series of concentric streets culminating from the temple. These squares continue to retain their traditional names, Aadi, Chittirai, Avani-moola and Masi streets, corresponding to Tamil month names. This temple is also famous for its kadamba maram,tall Mukurani vinayakar and Potramarai kulam. In this kulam we have a beautiful and large golden lotus present,that gives a treat to our eyes.
This Porthamarai Kulam “Pond with the golden lotus”, is 165 ft (50 m) by 120 ft (37 m) in size.
- Aayiramkaal mandapam (“Hall of thousand pillars”)
- Kambatadi Mandapam (“Hall of temple tree”)
- kilikoondu Mandapam (“bird cage corridor”)
- Puthu Mandapam (“New hall”)
- Ashta Shakthi Mandapam (“Hall of eight goddess”)
- Viravasantharaya Mandapam (“Hall of huge corridors”)
- Mudali Pillai Mandapam or Iruttu Mandapam (“Dark hall”)
- Mangayarkarasi mandapam
- Servaikarar Mandapam
The Meenakshi Nayakkar Mandapam (“Hall of 1000 pillars”) has two rows of pillars and that has the images of yali (mythological beast with body of lion and head of an elephant), commonly used as the symbol of Nayak power. At the centre of the mandapam,we have a fantastic sculpture of Lord shiva in the dance position.
There is a Temple Art Museum in the hall where icons, photographs, drawings, and other exhibits of the 1200 years old history of the temple are displayed,you can buy at the lowest rates.
The important festival for Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple is “Chithirai thiruvilla”. This occasion takes place for about 10 days in the month of April and May. The most famous among this celebration is ‘Meenakshi Thirukalyanam and Thiruther’. During this festival more than 1 million people are visting the temple and watching the various alangrams as vithi ula.
Meenakshi amman temple not only celebrate this festival and it also focus on the “Kolu festival” during the month september and october. In these present few years,this kolu is celebrated very grantly.
In the meenakshi amman sannadhi,there are varities of kolu statues are placed and amman is decorated daily in different alangarams. This attracts many people to visit the temple. Not only this,during kolu there are varities of music,dance performances and lot other takes place.
Here are many precious and beautiful sculptures are present all around the temple. We cannot able to see the full structure of the temple in one day.So that those who are not yet visited this temple go fast and get the blessing of Meenakshi amman and lord Shiva.
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple Timings:
Morning 5 am to 12:30 pm
Evening 4 pm to 10 pm