The temple city of India:- Madurai is home to the largest temple complex in Tamil Nadu, the Meenakshi Amman Temple, popularly called just the Meenakshi Temple. Dedicated to Parvati (known as Meenakshi) and Shiva (addressed as Sundareswarar here), this temple is one of the most revered ones for Tamilian Hindus. But did you know these interesting facts about the temple and its history?
The Meenakshi Temple is the epicenter of the city of Madurai as it was built according to the ancient Indian building manual called Shilpa Shastra. According to Hindu scriptures, it was Indra who built a shrine for the lingam he was carrying to atone for his misdeeds. It is where the current temple stands.
The temple has 14 gopurams or gateway towers and 33,000 sculptures including two golden sculptured vimanas that are the tower above the sanctum. The southern gopuram is the tallest of them all with a height of 170 feet.
There are several halls in the temple complex including one known as the hall of thousand pillars or the Meenakshi Nayakkar Mandapam. This has two rows of pillars out of which 985 are carved with images of mythological creatures called Yali, Shiva, Ganesha, and more.