Journey to the Meenakshi Temple - one of the centers of pilgrimage in India
• Journey to the Meenakshi Temple - one of the pilgrimage centers in India
Meenakshi Temple, which is an important landmark of the Indian city of Madurai, daily receives pilgrims from all over the world. Here visitors can admire the colorful statues of gods, mythological characters and animals.
The building has four entrances, the temple complex covers an area equaling six hectares. Guests can visit the temple of the local museum, where a lot of different stone and copper artifacts. But Parvati hut is a part of the temple, which is only accessible for women, men here entrance is strictly forbidden.
Meenakshi Temple, built in the seventeenth century, is considered one of the best architectural compositions of India, has come down to the present day with the Middle Ages. A special role in the expansion of the temple complex played rulers of Nayak dynasty, who led the city of Madurai from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century.
The decoration of the temple is the pride of the gate, reaching fifteen meters in height, and eight towers, each of which consists of nine floors and has a height of about fifty meters, and around them there are many colored sculptures. Four towers adorn the exterior walls, the rest - patios and ponds.
As for the history of the temple and its name, the word "Meenakshi" means "rybeglazaya". That's right, if you believe the legend, called the princess with convex and large eyes like a fish. Also, the girl had a birthday three breasts.
parents to do something to help her daughter, called a council of sages, who predicted that the princess disappears third breast in the day when she would meet her future husband. The prophecy came true, because when Meenakshi met Shiva, the third breast disappeared.
After eight days, the princess married to the god Shiva, in memory of this event and a huge Hindu temple was built. So far in this amazing architectural complex stored shrines, which are associated with Shiva and Meenakshi, so the temple is one of the most popular places of pilgrimage in India.