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“Must see place in Madurai”

Sri Meenakshi Temple
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Chennai (Madras), India
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“Must see place in Madurai”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

One of the must see place in Madurai. It is a place for casual, religious, heritage visits. The temple has a long history behind it and you can imagine how this temple must have been long back. Sit beside the lotus tank in the evenings or a walk along the temple courtyard gives you a perspective of the local people visiting the temple. Marvel at the architecture & the carved deities & other representations. Photography is prohibited in some of the areas of the temple and do not wear foot wears in the temple. Do not walk in the open area during hot days as you may get burns easily walking with bare foot. Dressing requires to be a bit conservative.
There are not many restroom options and not clean per standards in many other countries. This needs some improvement. Approaching it may be difficult as some of the area has been cordoned recently for vehicles. Leave the footwear near the counters at the entrance of the temple.
Overall: Must see place
Tips: If you dont have much time to visit but require to visit the inner sanctums, beat the queue by purchasing special tickets, you can get closer view of the deities. Sometimes, the queue can be very long. Decide the purchase of ticket based on the length of the queue.Inquire at the counter for right ticket as there are few other tickets for pujas as well.

Visited July 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Worth more than a single visit to take it all in.”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

The temple is huge with an entrance to the main deity via all four directions. It is beautiful temple with amazing architecture and the temple pond is simply amazing. The pillars (over 1000 pillars) have carving which when closely observed narrates a story. The ceilings have painting - simply amazing.

Visited June 2013
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“best pilgrimage center”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

A historical monument preserved under heritage tag by UNESCO.Most powerful Hindu god meenakshi amman and lord sundareswarer are the main deity of this temple.

Visited June 2013
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Andhra Pradesh, India
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

I was crossing through Madurai when i decided to take the blessings of Goddess Meenakshi at the famed Meenakshi temple of Madurai. It was a satisfying and fulfilling visit to a temple about which i had been reading in books on history and South Indian Temple architecture. It was an awesome feeling to see the pages of history come alive with the complete glory of the stone carvings on those historic pillars. Only drawback about almost all the temples in South India is there is too much oligarchy involved and if you are a nobody or one of the mango people, you will have to wait in long queues, standing for hours together to receive the glimpses of the divinities. If you can 'manage' (as it is called in Indian parlance), its definitely a mind blowing experience.

Visited June 2013
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“Mind blowing”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

Must see, the carvings,the atmosphere, and the size, wow
Over a 1000 carved pillars, walking bare feet through this and in the street was different

Visited June 2013
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