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Friday, September 26, 2014

Sculptures and Paintings at Famous Sri Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai

A temple dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareswarar, the largest and the oldest Meenakshi Amman Temple is central to this lotus-shaped city and a great attraction to those who love Dravadian architecture.
The massiveness and grandeur of the architecture placed it as one of the top 30 nominees for the 'New Seven Wonders of the World.
Pillars of Meenakshi Temple are very well carved. Some of these have very intricate art. A few of the pillars around Lotus Tank are now getting face-lift as these are dating back 1623-59 and were not aligned properly affecting the structure.
The Temple has a unique collection of artifacts and deities which often overwhelm the visitors. Some of these like Lord Natraj, Lady with a flute, Lord Vishnu. Lord Shiva wedding Goddess Meenakshi and Ravan lifting Kailash are very well known. It has both metallic and carved figures. In fact, there are so many and one requires a lot of time to study those.