meenakshi amman

City of Madurai has been built around the ancient Meenakshi Amman temple. The huge building you see here bears hundreds of colourful statues depicting Hindu mythology. It is not the temple though. It’s just one of the four gates… Pedro is rather impressed!


Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

It is dedicated to Parvati, known as Meenakshi, and her consort, Shiva, here named Sundareswarar. The temple forms the heart and lifeline of the 2,500 year old city of Madurai and is a significant symbol for the Tamil people, mentioned since antiquity inTamil literature though the present structure was built between 1623 and 1655 CE.

 Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple

  • sudhageeeWall mural at the Meenakshi Amman Kovil or Temple depicting the marriage of Meenakshi (Parvati) to Sundareshwarar (Shiva). Here Vishnu is seen giving away Meenakshi, his sister, in marriage to Sundareshwarar.
    In the panel below, Brahma is officiating as the priest for the marriage ceremony. .More about Meenakshi, the warrior queen who became a Goddess, and the temple she is enshrined in the latest post on my blog

Shiva Nataraja in Chidambaram and Madurai Meenakshi amman temple ‘VeLLiyamabalam’. 

Chidambaram is the shrine of Nataraja performing the Cosmic Dance.
Normally, the Dancing Nataraja stands on his right leg and throws across the left leg. According to the ThiruviLaiyaadal puraaNam, there was a Pandya king who was grief-striken because of this. He felt that Nataraja has been standing on his right leg for eons of time. He prayed ardently to Nataraja to shift his stance and change his posture. He wanted to Nataraja to stand on His left leg and life up and throw across His right leg.

Because of his prayers, Nataraja appeared and hearing the Pandya’s plea, shifted his legs. He stood on his left leg and lifted his right leg and danced thus.

This is known as 'Kaal maaRi aadiya patalam’ among the 64 ThiruviLaiyaadal’s - 64 Divine Sports of SriChockanatha Peruman of Madurai