The Meenakshi temple complex is one of the largest in India. The presiding deity at the Meenakshi temple at Madurai, the Athens of South India, is Goddess Meenakshi. The nucleus of the temple is older than the Madurai city. The splendor of the Meenakshi temple has remained intact for the past so many centuries. The Meenakshi temple complex at Madurai is not only an architectural marvel but also the epitome of Indian culture and civilization.
Madurai is one of the ancient cities of India and truly personifies the
cultural ethos of India. Madurai has been closely associated with the
literary wealth of Tamil. It is interesting to note that four of the 6
major streams as codified by Sankaracharya (i.e. Saivism, Shaktism,
Vaishnavism and the worship of Skanda) converge in this historic city
especially during festivals and celebrations.
The Meenakshi temple complex is spread over an area of about 6
hectares. The temple has 12 gateways (Gopurams), which range in height
from 45 to 50 m and the tallest Gopuram is the southern. The southern
gateway is nine stories high and has images of gods and goddesses. A
unique feature of the ancient Dravidian culture of South India is that
people paint their gods in brilliant and bright colors. This is very
much evident atop the gateways of the Meenakshi temple.
How to Reach the Meenakshi Temple Madurai
Madurai is connected by air with Mumbai and Chennai. Madurai airport is
10 Km away from the city.
Madurai has direct rail connections to cities like Bangalore, Kollam,
Coimbatore, Chennai, Thanjavur, Rameshwaram, Tirunelveli,
Tiruchirappalli, Tirupathi and Tuticorin.
Madurai is well connected by road to all parts of South India. From
Madurai town buses, taxis, auto rickshaws and cycle rickshaws are easily
available to reach the Meenakshi temple.