Madurai Meenakshi Temple

Language : English | Temple | Audios

General Information

Hours: 

Worship Hours: 5.00am to 12.30pm and 4.00pm to 10.00pm. The temple is open all days of the week.

Tickets: Entry is free

Facilities

Washrooms:  Public pay and use available.

Cloak Room: Safety clock room facility is also available for the devotees at all Tower entrances.

Footwear stand: There is footwear stand at every entrance. This is a free service.

Parking: There is ample car parking available at “Ellis Nagar” car park near Periyar Bus stand.

Food

South Indian : 

Gopu Iyengars Restaurant

North Indian :

Sree Mohan Bhojanalaya

International :

Dominos Pizza

 

Checklist

  • Check for events at the temple website http://www.maduraimeenakshi.org/ before visiting the place. During key/peak seasons, when festivities are organized there will be a lot of pilgrim crowd. If you are a tourist and just want to see the place, then any season is ok.
  • For the 1000 pillar hall – there is an entrance fee of Rs.5 per person.
  • Carry your earphones/headphones.
  • Power bank/Battery pack for your phone.
  • Data network – you will have longer battery time if you are off the mobile data network. So when you are using the audio guide, you may want to get off the network.

The Basics

Basics :

It is good to refresh our memory on these basics. In South India, almost all the key monuments will have references to gods, goddesses, and mythological tales. Knowing these will help one appreciate the work by artists.

History

Madurai Meenakshi Temple is one of the most attractive examples of Dravidian architecture. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareswarar (another name for Shiva). It is centrally located in Madurai and the lotus-shaped city surrounds it.

The Meenakshi temple was originally built by Kulasekara Pandayan. This is way back in 3 BCE. Later somewhere in the 14th century it was raided and looted by Malik Kafur, a Mughal General. It was rebuilt by Vishwanatha Nayak.