A South India Tour offers a variety of tours encompassing various themes like wildlife, temple, backwaters, beaches and Ayurveda. Tamil Nadu, the enchanting state of South India, is world famous for it's incredible Meenakshi Sundareshwar Temple. It's architectural beauty is simply breathtaking.
Madhurai, the lotus-shaped city represents a perfect amalgamation of traditions and cultural. Pulsating with rich cultural heritage, Madurai is ideally located on the banks of River Vaigai in the enchanting state of Tamil Nadu. Famous the world over for its incredible Meenakshi Temple, this city is the oldest city of the state, which takes immense pride in its arts, literature, architecture. According to the legend Lord Shiva showered nectar or 'Madhu' on this land.
Synonymous with the arresting state of Tamil Nadu, Meenakshi Temple is truly an architectural masterpiece. Beautifully built, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. Painted in brilliant colours, the temple was built in the 17th century. There is an interesting story associated with the temple. It goes that once the ruler of Madurai fell ill and despite the efforts of many doctors he could not overcome his illness. After trying all types of medicine, the family of the ruler brought him to the Meenakshi Sundareshwar Temple. Here the priest performed a special pooja for the ruler, which made him recover miraculously. The temple is held in high esteem by Hindus.
The temple complex houses several shrines of many deities. Located in the centre of the complex is the Shiva shrine. Besides this shrine lies a giant sculpture of Lord Ganesha carved of single stone. The shrine dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi ( incarnation of Goddess Parvati) is located to the left of the Shiva Shrine.
One of the main highlights of the Meenakshi Temple is the presence of 14 bewitching Gopurams and two out of them, which are for the main deities, are made of gold. Painted majestically and sculptured amazingly, these two gopurams are a great attraction. The thousand pillared hall enchants the onlookers with its mesmerizing sculptures. The sacred Kalyana Mandapa (hall) is the place inside the temple where the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati is observed every year during the famous Meenakshi Thirukalyanam festival.