This world famous historic Hindu temple is situated in Tamil Nadu. Goddess Parvati (Meenakshi) is the main deity here. She appears with her concert Lord Shiva. Madurai is the second biggest city of India and is also one of the oldest continuously populated cities of the world.It houses 14 gopurams , ranging from 45–50m in height. The tallest is the southern tower 170 ft hight, and two golden sculptured vimanas, the shrines over the garbhagrihas (sanctums) of the main deities. The temple attracts 15,000 visitors a day, around 25,000 on Fridays There are an estimated 33,000 sculptures in the temple
A dip in the Golden Lotus tank, situated in the temple, is considered auspicious and is usually taken before visiting the main shrine of the God and Goddess. As per a legend, the pond was created by Shiva and is even older than the temple. The temple has a hall, which consists of 985 pillars; each pillar is differently and intricately carved. The 12th century colorful temple was among the 30 nominees of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’.
Festivals : The annual 10-day Meenakshi Tirukalyanam festival, celebrated during April and May, attracts 1 million visitors.
How to go : This tremendous architectural wonder is situated in Madurai (Tamilnadu).
from chennai : Bus route : 464 km
Trains : Chennai Egmore : 497 km
Official Website : www.maduraimeenakshi.org