So I marked my 23rd birthday, by travelling South of India, to Madurai and visiting the striking beauty that Meenakshi temple is. It took 64 generations for this to be built and is nothing short of an enchanting place constructed by humans. The entire complex has 4 towers, one each at the cardinal points and is marked with grandeur and absolutely surreal work of art.
Although I have used my camera wherever I could, there were restrictions on using it inside the temple complex, and so I have used my mobile phone to click the photographs because this experience had to be shared, so please bear with me. 😛
The pictures I took in the evening are monochrome and the ones during the daytime are in colour.
Street to the North Tower
And a sneak peek at the Gopuram
This calming place, where the golden lotus tank is. (On the left side of the pillar.)
The evening we arrived at Meenakshi Temple
The surreal carvings on the pillars!
In front of the main shrine.
Marveling at the work done. It’s a thousand plus statues, of Lord Shiva and Meenakshi alone.
On the way to Meenakshi Temple in the morning.
The East tower facade.
The street that leads to the northern side of the temple.
Just appreciating what humans can do!
Walking in through the North tower.
On our way to the main shrine
North and West tower, standing tall
And its top, all glorious
Such detailed and intricate work!
Rays of sun peeping in.
Exiting the complex, that is the West tower.
And bidding adieu to this phenomenal place
The hues of blues and yellows. And farewell, Madurai
A mother daughter duo, with daughter chatting with her mom’s friend 🙂
The same structure with a thousand plus statues in the daytime.
The street that leads to Meenakshi Temple