Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple Experience-
Reaching Madurai From Bangalore-
Since i was going to Madurai from Bangalore for meeting AIDSM team, I planned to visit Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple and other temples in Madurai and nearby. i went and came from Madurai by overnight train from Bangalore and was in Madurai whole day. here is my experience about same.
I reached Madurai at 4 AM by train, after taking some time, I went to meet Pawan Kumar, Yogesh Mankani & team, we met at the hotel when they are staying, then we went for a cup of tea to nearby local shop. while having tea we discussed many things about traveling and digital India. then they left for Pondicherry.
Visit to Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple-
After that i went to Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, the best thing about the city is that you can go to any street and it will take you to the Meenakshi Amman Temple. it is very big temples having its gates in all 4 direction. the feeling inside temple is very peaceful. there are free darshan queue and paid and as well, but not much difference in time taken for darshan. also it depends on number of devotees on that particular day.
You need to reserve at least 4 hours to see full Meenakshi Temple, temple is dedicated to Parvati, known as meenakshi and Shiva, here known as Sundareswarar. People came here to worship mata parvati and shiva temple inside. Temple itself give very peaceful feeling to be inside it. there is a lake in the center of the temple gives a beautiful look to temple. temples built architecture is superb. I have been to many south indian temples but Meenakshi Amman Temple is biggest in all of theme. Here are some of photos that I had captured.
Other Famous Temples apart from Meenakshi Amman Temple-
In Madurai there is a temple in every street like ujjain, there are 3-4 other big and old temples inside madurai which one should visit to offer prayers and see an ancient architecture that is wonderful. In Thiruparankundram there is a temple of Ganesha in the name of Murugan which is also quite famous so i also went to Arulmigu Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple which is around 10 KM outside Madurai buses are available from madurai bus stand. temple is worth to visit and having significant religious attachment. you should consider going to this temple. temple is built with merged rock of hill. it is also ancient temple and marvel of architecture. its very peaceful inside the temple. here is some of the pictures i have captured here.
Best Madurai Food and culture-
Apart from Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai is famous for its food and culture. i was also roaming around madurai and tested madurai’s famous idle with different types of chutney with it, and then there is a Madurai famous jigarthanda which is delicious, there is also one sweet Halwa which is also famous.
I have been to madurai 2 times, 1st time i was going to Rameshwaram so i could not visit Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple. i will soon be sharing my Rameshwaram and Kanyakumari Trip and will update the link here.