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Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple, India

Updated on March 12, 2012

Southern India is a mecca for those that are fascinated with Indian culture. The heritage you will encounter there is tremendous and beautiful. Taking a temple tour of southern India’s most historic treasures is a must for anyone visiting there. There are thousands of years of architectural neatly inscribed with ordain ornament’s and for lack of better word hieroglyphs. If you are real quite some say you can still here the priest chanting from thousands of years ago. So when you are there take a listen.

The temples are India’s most prized heritage and are adorned with towering gopurams, gateways, carvings and wonderful sculptures. Some of the most wonderful temples are located in the southern half of India in towns like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Andhra Pradesh. They are a wonderful scene on their natural landscapes. The most famous temple in India is also located in this area called the Meenakshi Sundareswarar. This is a must for any visitor on a temple tour of India.

Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu:

This temple is extraordinary and is one of the most fascinating temples in India let me tell you why. Its architectural and historical architecture has never failed to capture the hearts of tourist that come to visit it. They come from all over the globe to visit this magnificent Indian icon. It is located in the historical city of Madurai. It is a nine story Hindu temple dating back to the early part of the 12th century. It was originally built to encompass the dedication to Goddess Meenakshi (Parvati) and Lord Shiv. The walls adorned with paintings and sculptures, exquisite carvings and wonderful pillared halls are the major attractions of the temple.

While you are in this wonderful temple make sure you get a chance to see the golden lotus. It has a legend associated with it that Lord Shiva himself created this tank and by dipping yourself in this tank you will have good fortune for the remainder of your days. Also inside are the gorgeous musical pillars these pillars are all carved out of single block of stone and when tapped they make musical notes that echo through the temple. There is also the great hall of pillars almost one thousands of them can be seen. Each one has a carving and distinct meaning and is a must while visiting. So on your tour makes sure this is temple is on the top of your list.


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    Kadmiels 7 years ago from Florida

    Did not live but always been interested in there culture but have visited a few times

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    dreamreachout 7 years ago

    I am amazed by your profound knowledge of India!! Did you live here? Thanks for the wonderful portrayal!!