India's Largest Temples With Outstanding Architecture

Meenakshi Amman Temple

Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple or Meenakshi Amman Temple, devoted to Parvathi(known as Meenakshi) and Shiva, is situated on the banks of river Vaigai, in Madurai. 14 gateway towers, more popular as gopurams, ranging from 45-50m in height can be found in the temple complex. It is one of the most prominent landmarks in the temple city of Madurai, drawing 15,000 visitors a day and around 25,000 on Fridays. There are 33,000 sculptures in the temple and the shrine also made it to the list of top 30 nominees of the ''New Seven Wonders of the World''. Meenakshi Tirukalyanam festival, a 10 day celebration which is held during the months of April and May, attracts more than 1 million visitors.
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Reader's comments(3)
1: It is written, "A beautiful construction of the 1987 AD, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple...".

There is a correction though - Only the towere shown in the picture was constructed in 1987 and NOT the temple.

This temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil literature canon of the Alvar saints from the 6th–9th centuries AD, meaning that this temple was built much before that.
Posted by: Dr Y N I Anand - 24 Aug, 2013
2: Harry potter became famous but Vikramaditya story which was in Tamil, earlier, is not known. Mermaid is known but combination of human head to cow,Elephant head to human,Monkey head to human were all sculptured in India is less known. The temples in Tamilnadu has thousands of different sculptures placed in the entire height of it.
Posted by: deva - 27 Jul, 2013
3: Picture shown here is not of Annamalaiyar temple of Thiruvannamalai instead seems to be the famous Brihadeeswarar Temple of thanjavur
ashish replied to: deva post - 26 Oct, 2013