The old city of Madurai, over 2,500 years of age, was worked by the Pandyan lord, Kulashekarar, in the sixth century B.C. However, the rule of the Nayaks marks the brilliant time of Madurai when artistry, engineering and learning thrived expansively. The loveliest structures in the city, including its most well-known milestone, the Meenakshi temple, were worked during the Nayak rule.
Situated in the core of the city of Madurai, the Meenakshi-Sundareshwarar temple is committed to goddess Meenakshi, the associate of ruler Shiva. It has for quite some time been the focal point of both Indian and worldwide vacation destination just as one of the most significant spots of Hindu journey. For the individuals of Madurai, the sanctuary is the focal point of their social and strict life.
Many believe, the individuals of Madurai wake up, not by any call of nature but by the melody of songs at the sanctuary. All the significant celebrations of Tamil Nadu are praised here with exhilaration, most notable being the Chitrai celebration that is held in April/May, when the divine marriage of Meenakshi and Sundareshwarar is commended, drawing an immense horde of individuals from everywhere throughout the state.
The etched columns are embellished with the dazzling wall paintings that praise the ethereal excellence of princess Meenakshi and the locations of her wedding with Lord Shiva. At the Sundareswarar sanctuary over the yard, Lord Shiva is spoken to as a lingam. The columns delineate scenes from the marriage of Meenakshi and Sundareswarar. There are 985 luxuriously cut columns here, and every one outperforms the other in magnificence.
The Folklore of Meenakshi Temple:
Meenakshi was a daughter of King Malayadwaja Pandya and Queen Kanchanamala, who was brought into the world in the wake of playing out a few yagnas (conciliatory customs).
The three-year-old young lady developed out of the fire during the last yagna. The princess Meenakshi designed to be an excellent young lady of extraordinary courage who vanquished a few grounds and tested the mightiest rulers.
It was then uncovered that the princess was a manifestation of Parvati who came to earth to respect a guarantee given to Kanchanamala in her past life. Along these lines, Shiva came to Madurai as Sundareshwarar to wed Meenakshi and the two managed over the realm for a long time before they left for their beautiful house the spot where the sanctuary currently stands.
The loftiness of this twin-sanctuary complex and its trustworthiness mirrors the old-world appeal of the city. In any case, today, Madurai is one of the most significant social and business focuses of India. Advancement has arrived at the town, however not at the expense of its rich culture and custom.
A Clean Temple
In October 2017, the Indian government reported that Meenakshi Temple was the best “Swachh Iconic Place” (Clean Iconic Place) in India, under its “Swachh Iconic Places” activity to tidy up the nation’s legacy locales. An undertaking to clean the fringe of the sanctuary is likewise expected to be finished by March 2018.
The point is to make the roads encompassing the temple liberated from plastic. Containers for biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste have been put in vital areas, and clearing vehicles will routinely clear the zone. There are additionally 25 electronic eco-accommodating open toilets and 25 water administering units for travellers to utilize.
Step by step instructions to Visit Meenakshi Temple
Meenakshi Temple is open day by day from first light until 10 p.m., aside from when it closes between 12.30 p.m. to 4 p.m. This is because Hindu sacred writings indicate that a residence Lord Shiva must not stay open toward the evening.
It’s ideal for visiting the sanctuary once toward the beginning of the day and once at night (for the night function). The sanctuary’s principal entrance is on the east side, and non-Hindus can enter from that point. Moderate dress, which doesn’t uncover legs or shoulders, is an absolute necessity.
Sanctuary Security and What You Can’t Take Inside
Do know that security was expanded at the sanctuary in 2013, after bomb impacts in Hyderabad. Cameras are never again permitted inside the temple. Mobile phones with cameras were allowed up until early February 2018, however, have now been restricted alongside any things made of plastic. This, lamentably, implies it’s never again conceivable to take photographs inside the sanctuary complex.
You can securely store your camera and different assets inside storage at the slow down that brains shoes at the east access to the sanctuary. In the wake of doing as such, your sack will be examined by an X-beam machine and monitors physically look you.
Features inside the Temple
The sanctuary’s fundamental fascination is its staggering Hall of 1,000 Pillars. As a general rule, there are just 985 columns, each with eminently cut statues of yaali (a legendary lion and elephant half and half) or Hindi divinities. The corridor was worked in 1569 by Ariyanatha Mudaliyar, general and boss clergyman of Madurai’s Nayak tradition.
Its brightly painted roof is additionally dazzling and includes a striking wheel of time. There’s a lot of melodic columns and Art Museum that merit seeing also. Tickets cost 50 rupees for outsiders and 5 rupees for Indians.
Darshan (Viewing) of the Goddess
No one but Hindus can go into the internal sanctums to see the icon of Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareshwarar. If you would prefer not to hang tight for as long as three hours in the free lines, it’s conceivable to pay extra for “uncommon darshan” tickets. These tickets give direct access to the symbols and can be bought inside the sanctuary. They cost 50 rupees exclusively for Goddess Meenakshi, and 100 rupees for the two divinities.