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Sri Meenakshi Temple
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Heritage Walking Tour of Madurai with Private Transfer
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Private Cultural Day Tour of Madurai
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Experience the culture of Madurai with this private tour of its ancient temples. Spend approximately 45 minutes visiting each of the Dravidian temples built by the Pandyan and Madurai Nayak kings, earning the city its nickname Koil Maanagar, which means Temple City. Discover why Madurai, also called the City of Junctions or Koodal Nagaram, is one of India's most outstanding Hindu pilgrimage centers.
Reviewed 14 December 2013

We visited this amazing place on the evening when a special ceremony took place. The atmosphere was amazing with what seemed the entire population of Madurai taking part in the devotional ceremony. Had to visit again the following day to take it all in.

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Reviewed 13 December 2013

This temple is a perfect place to get peace of mind...enjoyed the visit..however there is a market behind this temple where you can get the special madurai sarees...good place for ladies to hang out. :)

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Reviewed 13 December 2013

We've been to some amazing sites over the years. Beginning last evening with our Attending the iconic and impressive evening Palli Arai ceremony at the mammoth Temple Complex ,This elaborate and ritualistic ceremony is a must see. Today we went back to the monument maybe the finest example of Dravidian temple architecture on this planet. Its Hall of a Thousand Pillars is a fabulous collection of elaborately sculpted and painted deities as well as other creatures from Hindu religious annals. The temple is always a beehive of activity as pilgrims from all over India come to seek the blessings of Meenakshi (Goddess Parvati) and Sundareswarar (Lord Shiva. Its vast interior is filled with worshippers at all hours of the day. According to Tamil belief, the temple has existed for about 2,000 years, but this current structure is a mere four centuries old (the previous majestic temple was destroyed by Muslim invaders in the 14th century).
Up there with the greatest sites in the world!

Thank LAPgolf
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

Likes and only likes-------------the big Ganesha God known as the Mukkuruni Vinayagar in the east entrance where people flock. The beautiful big nandi(bull) in front of the Shiva shrine....The view of the gopurams from the Thappakulam.....

What i disliked is the poor preservations of the nayanmars diety which is kept un attended and dirty.....the dirty walls which could be painted and kept nicely...

that the preists attend to u only if u give dakshina (money) for even getting the prasad.....

even if u go in with a special ticket of 100rs. the line goes and joins the normal 20rs ticket line and there is a hosh posh there...so be careful with ur stuff

Remember to leave behind all ur valuables including ladies handbags as you are frisked...i mean the lady police constables pushes her hand thru each n everything inside ur handbag literally bringing all of them out one by one.....You can maximum carry ur mobile and gents can carry ur wallet,or else u will have to leave them behind in a so called locker room which does not look secure....

There is place where you can leave ur slippers and collect ur token. Token has the details of the entrance so in case u miss the place where u left ur shoe....the card has all details of it.....

1  Thank SaraswatiMahesh
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

The Temple is an impressive piece of architecture. However, without a guide I don't believe you can fully appreciate it. Especially since the majority of the temple is closed off to non-Hindus. However, guides are able to explain customs, traditions, various paintings, frescos, and history with great detail - to greater apprecation.

Dislike: the shops, stalls, and touts that make much of the temple more like a bazaar than place of worship.

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