MADURAI TEMPLE

Take a 360° view virtual tour of Madurai Temple, and its locally called Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple is one of the famous temples in India. This temple has its own speciality and historical importance.

Madurai temple 360° Virtual Reality Tour has been digitally photographed in a dual-camera set-up for real (3D ) stereoscopic. In this presentation, you can go to 25 places inside the temple including mukkuruni vinayagar, the famous lotus pond, thousand pillars hall, flag-post mandapam, and more places.

And the default mode for 2D if you are using desktop/laptop, If you have 3D Anaglyph(Red-Cyan) glasses you can select the mode to 3D Anaglyph, connect your laptop to 3D TV and select the left-right mode on your 3DTV to view real 3D and if you want to feel being inside the temple use the VR Headsets.

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Madurai Temple

ABOUT

Meenakshi Amman Temple or Meenakshi Sundareshwarar Temple also spelled as Meenaatchi Temple is a historic Hindu temple located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River in the temple cityof Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. It is dedicated to Thirukamakottam udaya aaludaiya nachiyar. Meenakshi, a form of Parvati, and her consort, Shiva (addressed as Sundareswarar here). 

The Madurai Temple is the epicenter of the city of Madurai as it was built according to the ancient Indian building manual called Shilpa Shastra.

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.

Thirugnanasambandar the Hindu Saint has mentioned the temple in his songs which go back to the early 7th century. The Lord has been described as Alavai Iraivan in his songs. The temple was restored to its pristine glory in the late 14th century when the Hindu Kings came back to power in Madurai. This can also be termed as a new beginning of a new era in the history of the Madurai temple when it was almost rebuilt.

King Thirumalai Naicker played an important role in the construction of the new form of the temple according to records. The restored complex now houses 14 gopurams (gateway towers), ranging from 45–50m in height, with the southern gopura tallest at 51.9 meters (170 ft). 

The complex has numerous sculpted pillared halls such as Ayirakkal (1000-pillared hall), Kilikoondu-mandapam, Golu-mandapam, and Pudu-mandapam. Its shrines are dedicated to Hindu deities and Shaivism scholars.

The vimanas above the garbhagrihas (sanctums) of Meenakshi and Sundaresvara gilded with gold. 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.

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HISTORY

Meenakshi emerged out of a ‘Yagna’ (sacred fire) as a three-year-old girl. The ‘Yajna’ was performed by a king named Malayadwaja Pandya along with his wife Kanchanamalai. Since the royal couple had no child, the King offered his prayers to Lord Shiva, requesting him to grant them a son. But to their dismay, a triple-breasted girl emerged from the sacred fire.

Princess Meenakshi grew to be a beautiful young woman of great valor who conquered several lands and challenged the mightiest kings. It was then revealed that the princess was actually an incarnation of Parvati who came to earth to honor a promise given to Kanchanamala in her previous life.

Thus Shiva came to Madurai as Sundareshwarar to marry Meenakshi and the two ruled over the kingdom for many years before they left for their heavenly abode from the spot where the temple now stands.

The temple also has a consecrated pond named ‘Porthamarai Kulam.’ The term ‘Potramarai Kulam’ is a literal translation of ‘pond with a golden lotus.’ The structure of a golden lotus is placed at the center of the pond. It is said that Lord Shiva blessed this pond and declared that no marine life would grow in it. In Tamil folklore, the pond is believed to be an evaluator for reviewing the worth of any new literature

It is also one of the main attractions of South India with thousands of devotees thronging it every day. Even today, the wedding ceremony is celebrated every year as ‘Chithirai Thiruvizha’ which is also known as ‘Tirukalyanam’ (the grand wedding).

During the ‘Tirukalyanam Festival,’ which takes place over a period of 10 days, the temple attracts more than a million devotees. Despite many people visiting it every day, the temple is well-maintained and was named the ‘Best Swachh Iconic Place’ (the cleanest iconic place) in India.

The grandeur of this twin-temple complex and its historicity reflects the old-world charm of the city. But today, Madurai is one of the most important cultural and commercial centers of India. Modernity has reached the city, but not at the cost of its rich culture and tradition.  It is believed that a visit to this temple deepens your inner sense of self and brings calmness to the mind.

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INFORMATION

Opening timings of Madurai Meenakshi temple are from Early Morning – 5 AM to 12.30 PM.

Evening –  4 PM to 9.30 PM.

Devotee can book the Darshan Booking in HRCE Department Portal https://tnhrce.gov.in in which, a link to ‘Online Darshan Ticket Booking for Temples’ provides the List of Temples which allow the Online Darshan Ticket Booking Services.

When going for darshan at Meenakshi Temple, make a plan for at least two three hours for a relaxed exploration of the temple and darshan of the deity. 

During festival, it takes around 4 to 5 hours to get darshan. Devotees visiting the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple will not be allowed to bring mobile phones with them.

Reaching Sri Meenakshi Sundareshwara Temple, Madurai :

Madurai Temple is easily accessible via road. A prominent attraction, it is known to almost everyone, hence reaching is very easy. It is located just 2 km away from Madurai railway station. Tourists can hire a cab or take an auto rickshaw to the temple.

Nearest Airport :  Madurai International Airport

It is 30 minutes drive from Madurai International Airport.

Dress Code:

Madurai Meenakshi dress code follows a strict prohibition of shorts, lunges, caps and animal skin clothes inside the temple premises. As per the new code, male devotees should wear dhotis or pyjamas with upper cloth, or formal pants and shirts. 

Women should wear sarees or half sarees with blouse, churidhars with dupatta. The children should wear any fully covered dress. Wearing Leggins is not allowed and should avoid sleeveless kurtis.

FESTIVALS: Chitra festival, Avanimoola festival, Masi Mandala festival, Float festival, and Navarathri cultural festival.

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Live Virtual Tourism

We are excited to announce the Meenakshi Temple in Live virtual tourism. You can now have a live call (just like Facetime, Skype, Zoom, or Web Conference) right on this 360° tour. Plus you can pass back and forth control and share who host the tour experience. 

This type of technology has a chance to change the virtual reality tour experience from today forward. So if you are a Travel agent, Providing online Guided Tours, or a Tourist Guide, today and get started using this feature. 

You can have a live video chat on this virtual 360° tour. Travel coordinators can create engaging presentations using VR.

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