Sri Meenakshi – Sundareswarar Temple

Sri Meenakshi - Sundareswarar Temple

East Chitrai StreetMadurai -  625001

Entry Fees: No entry fee, VIP (Rs 100-1000)

Type: Places of Worship, Temples

Suitable for:All

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Timings: 05:00 AM - 10:00 PM


The temple is dedicated to Shiva.The original temple was built by Kulasekara Pandya, but the entire credit for making the temple as splendid as it is today goes to the Nayaks.The Nayaks ruled Madurai from the 16th to the 18th century and left a majestic imprint of their rule in the Meenakshi – Sundareswarar Temple.

The temple complex is within a high-walled enclosure, at the core of which are the two sanctums for meenakshi and Sundareshwara, surrounded by a number of smaller shrines and grand pillared halls.There are 12 temple towers(Gopurams).

Meenakshi Nayakkar Mandapam is adjacent to Ashta Shakthi Mandapam, consisting of 110 pillars carrying the figures of a peculiar animal with a lion’s body , and an elephant’s head called Yalli.Potramaraikulam temple tank is an ancient tank where devotees take bath in the holy water.The Thousand Pillar Mandapam is the ‘wonder of the palace’. Actually the number of pillars count to 985 beautifully decorated columns. Each pillar is sculptured and is a monument of the Dravidan sculpture.

There is a Temple Art Museum in this 1000 pillars hall where you can see icons, photographs, drawings, etc., exhibiting the 1200 years old history. There are so many other smaller and bigger mandapams in the temple.

Activities to do:
  • God Lovers
  • History Buffs
  • Amazing architecture
  • Photo Fanatics
  • Beautiful architecture
  • Ayiram Kal Mandapam
  • Museum
  • Camera/Video allowed
  • Lockers/Storage
  • Food available for purchase
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowed
  • Bathroom facilities
  • Small shopping
  • Parking
  • Security Staff

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