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!

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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.