Time taken to visit Madurai Meenakshi Temple

Time taken to visit Madurai Meenakshi Temple

The most impressive and important of south India’s temples, Meenakshi temple in Madurai dates back as far as 3,500 years! Apparently, the city was built around the Shiva lingam that’s inside its sanctum. The temple complex covers 15 acres, and has 4,500 pillars and 12 towers — it’s massive!

The temple’s four main towers and entrances each face one of the four directions (north, east, south, and west). The tallest one, the southern tower, stretches nearly 170 feet (52 meters) high! Inside, there are two main shrines — one dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi (also known as Goddess Parvati) and the other to her husband Lord Shiva. Meenakshi’s shrine, which is green, houses a piece of emerald that was brought back from Sri Lanka in the 10th century. The temple also contains a 1,000 pillared hall, temple art museum, holy golden lotus tank, musical pillars, stalls selling everything from plastic toys to bronze images of the Goddess, and many smaller shrines.

  • Meenakshi Temple Timings: The temple stays open every day from 5:00 AM to 12:30 PM and 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Meenakshi Temple Entrance Fee: There is no entry fee for visiting the temple. However, there is an art museum and its entry ticket costs INR 5 for Indian tourists and INR 50 for foreign tourists if you wish to visit it.
  • Darshan Duration: Meenakshi Amman Temple is undoubtedly the most famous tourist attraction in Madurai and there is a possibility that you may spend hours in the queue for visiting the inner sanctums to see the idols of the deities. But, if you wish to skip the line, the temple has special Darshan tickets, which cost Rs 50 for seeing the idol of Goddess Meenakshi and INR 100 for seeing both the deities. It will take around 4 to 5 hours to visit the Temple.

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