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HILLMAN INDIA ADVENTURE
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South India: Gallery 30
MEENAKSHI TEMPLE :: MADURAI
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Meenakshi Amman Temple is an historic Hindu temple located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River in the temple city of Madurai. It is dedicated to Parvati, known as Meenakshi, and her consort, Shiva. The temple forms the heart and lifeline of the 2,500-year-old city of Madurai and is a significant symbol for the Tamil people. 

Though most of the present structure was built between 1623 and 1655 CE it is said that the temple was originally built in the 6th century BC by survivors of the Kumari Kandam. In the 14th century, the Sultanate Muslim Commander Malik Kafur plundered the temple and looted it of its valuables. It was rebuilt by the Nayak ruler Vishwanatha Nayakar around the 16th century. It houses 14 gopurams (gateway towers), ranging from 4550m in height. The tallest is the southern tower. The temple attracts 15,000 visitors a day and receives an annual revenue of 60 million rupees.

There are an estimated 33,000 sculptures in the temple. It was on the list of top 30 nominees for the "New Seven Wonders of the World". The temple is the most prominent landmark and most visited tourist attraction in the city. The temple is as vital to the aesthetic heritage of South India as the Taj Mahal is to North India


TEMPLE INTERIORS FROM THE WEB :: TEMPLE MAP
Cameras were not allowed inside the temple
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AFTER EXPLORING THE INTERIORS OF THE TEMPLES
Sue-On made friends and sat with a local family in a shady park
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BILL LEFT THE PARK TO WALK THE PERIMETRE
Some good exterior photos in the walk around the complex
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ONE OF THE NUMEROUS ENTRANCES TO THE TEMPLES
The exteriors exhibited amazingly complex carvings and statues

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A VERY LONG AND FASCINATING WALK
AROUND THE TEMPLE COMPLEX

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AMAZING PAGODA TOWERS

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SECURITY and A MIDWAY STOP AT A FURNITURE SHOP

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MOVING ALONG PAST THE NORTH TOWER ENTRANCE
And back to join Sue-On at the park in time to catch our bus
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TEMPLE PHOTOS FROM THE WEB
Photos to remember

GALLERY 30
MADURAI MEENAKSHI TEMPLE

.1. Madurai Temple


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