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Meenakshi Temple - Madurai

Meenakshi Deity - Meenakashi Temple - MaduraiPresent about 200 meter high temple with about 33 million cravings was constructed by Trimula Nayak towards early period of 17 the century. This is the wedding place of God Shiva [Sundereshwara - Lord of beauty] and Goddess Meenakshi.  Temple with 12 gopur [gates] and 4 towers is live illustration for  excellent South Indian temple architecture. Golden idols of deities are placed at Oonjal Mandap near to which Swarnapushpakarini [Golden Lotus tank] is situated, pilgrims have to take bath in it before entering the temple. Famous 1008 brass oil lamps are situated at construction with 110 pillars Astha Shakati Mandapa [also known as Meenakshi Nayakkar Mandap].  Yalli- figures of animal with lion body and elephant head are making more scenic to this beautiful sculptures associated with Lord Shiva. Teppam Festival is among the most famous festival celebrations of Meenakshi Temple.

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