India’s glory – Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple

Recently i happened to attend to my friend’s wedding near Madurai and i used this opportunity to visit Madurai’s most famous ‘Meenakshi Amman temple’ for the first time. I saw it like every other temple only, with my passion for photography. But even after coming back from the trip, the memories kept on running into my mind…constantly. Then, another close friend got engaged in Madurai and i visited the temple again without expecting anyone to accompany me, because thinking about the temple itself was so exciting and having a company is not a deal any more.
There is so much of charm and charisma in this temple that attracts so many visitors (devotees) every day. Thus i happened to publish my first photoblog with pictures of this temple. You would have seen so many pictures of this temple but i want to give my version and vision of it and i hope i have documented it well.

Doves fly over one of the mighty Raja Gopuram, the north Gopuram of the Madurai Sri Meenakshi amman temple


A beautiful brass design done to mark the place from where the golden vimana will be visible through a small window in the wall. Do not miss this at the outer prakaaram of the north side.


A huge door kept for display which was used during the Nayak period. Very fine and intricate carvings could be seen on the door. This is kept at the 1000 pillar mandapam for display.


One of the raja gopuram of the temple. The sacred word ‘Siva’ is written on it. In the foreground, a statue of ‘Bhoothagana’ between nandhis on top of a wall.

more doves

Temple doves fly against the Sun and the raja gopuram. This is a common sight near the north tower where the birds feed grains.


The sacred Nandhi looks on while clouds form above it.

Stone and flower

A fallen rose on the temple floor. This kind of hard granite rock stone would be used in temple for flooring.


This is an alternate entry (Ashta sakthi Mandapam) from the east into the temple. This will lead towards the temple pond (Potraamarai Kulam).

Priests inside

Temple Priests walk inside the temple premises.

Lady walks past

A lady walks past the vast outer prakaaram of the temple. The tower to the left is called ‘Chinna mottai’ tower šŸ™‚

South tower

The South tower, the tallest tower (Raja Gopurams) of the temple is 160 feet.

south details

The stone slab displaying the details of South tower, its height, features, etc.

Temple elephant

The temple elephant involving in some daily routines.


A lady walks towards a small mandapam near the east side.

Outer Prakaram

The vast outer prakaaram of the temple, north side. To the right is the west tower.

Priests leaves the main temple after the Uccha kaalam. The temple will remain closed during the after noon and will be reopened after 4 P.M. The tower you see is called ‘East Nayakkar tower’.

And its not yet over…More pictures of the temple to come up in the next blog…

Ā© 2011 MRKrishnamoorthy. All Rights Reserved. If you wish to use the above photographs, please let me know.


12 responses

  1. Jasan Pictures

    Cool work. A Typical Photo Blog..
    All the best on ur new journey šŸ™‚

    August 29, 2011 at 8:11 pm

  2. Arumayana di\ocumentary MRK..
    Great job. Dont stop!

    August 29, 2011 at 11:43 pm

  3. never saw tat 1st pic before…and tats just mind blowingly awesome one…
    super start machi….


    August 30, 2011 at 12:36 am

  4. Thanks friends šŸ™‚ Keep following šŸ™‚

    August 30, 2011 at 9:46 pm

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  6. Annane supernne !
    kalakeetel !

    September 5, 2011 at 12:54 pm

  7. Arun Titan

    Awesome Shots MRK!!

    September 5, 2011 at 5:56 pm

  8. Brilliant work man

    September 5, 2011 at 7:05 pm

  9. Ashok, Arun and CVR – Thanks very much.. Elaam ungal aasirvaadham šŸ™‚

    September 7, 2011 at 9:08 pm

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  11. levin

    nice clicks …. all the best

    October 14, 2011 at 2:35 pm

  12. Rajagopalan Sarangapani

    nice flow MRK… keep photoblogging….

    January 15, 2012 at 12:04 am

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