Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple – Part 2

Ok. Here is my photoblog on Meenakshi Amman temple – Part 2 . See PART 1 HERE.
While sorting out the postable pictures, i did not understand where certain pictures were taken though i remember the directions. So i browsed through the temple map (Available here) and found out that i was roaming and clicking for 3 hours near the corridors of the Sundareshwarar shrine itself.

Lessons learnt:

  • Many many visits are needed if you want to photograph permissible part of the temple campus.
  • If you are a light fanatic, you will stay near the Kambattadi mandapam forever. Move on as there are so many halls to explore.
First Nandhi

Nobody will miss this huge Nandhi, while coming through the east entrance. Nandhi has to be worshipped before worshipping Shivan and is followed in all Shivan temple.


A shop keeper working on one of the brass figures kept on display.


An idol inside a glass box, one of the many kept on display at the 1000 pillar mandapam.

1000 Pillar Mandapam

The main part of the 1000 pillared mandapam at whose end is the Nataraja. The mandapam actually has 985 pillars. The remaining pillars were removed to make space for 2 small temples in the hall is what i read. A mix of very little natural light and artificial light makes the place a challenging one for photography.


The entrance into the Kambattadi mandapam

The corridors surrounding the Sundareshwarar Shrine

Corridor 1

Corridor 2


Each side of the ceilings are painted with different colors and flowers. The details look stunning.

Corridor 3

Corridor 4

Corridor 5

Suzhalum Lingam

The painting of the rotating Lingam (Suzhalum lingam) on the ceiling which looks the same and looks at oneself from any direction you see and hence the name.

Elephant blessing

The temple elephant blessing a devotee at the temple premises. Getting such blessings is considered sacred in India.



Nei Vilakku

Also, lighting oil lamp is considered auspicious.


A part of the crowd at the temple. A Sunday would be the best day to witness this crowd.

Next post would be the third and final post in the Meenakshi amman temple series.

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


11 responses

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  2. great work Ji…
    Keep inspiring

    September 5, 2011 at 7:28 pm

  3. Hi MRK it’s an excellent idea. And good initiative congrats.

    September 5, 2011 at 7:29 pm

  4. wowwwww…..amazed machi…..havent seen these shots in flickr before!
    liked 80% of them

    September 5, 2011 at 7:44 pm

  5. Good one MRK !!

    The first pic is ultimate !!

    September 5, 2011 at 10:47 pm

  6. @Kals, Niki and Kiruthik – Thanks very much….
    @Cyriac – Not posted anything in flickr as public…I will try to put one pic in flickr and put all others in the comments. Thx for liking man 🙂

    September 7, 2011 at 9:11 pm

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  8. martin

    Super man…good job..

    September 14, 2011 at 10:17 am

  9. first pic was grt


    November 4, 2011 at 1:49 am

  10. it a wonder ful tour to madurai temple

    January 23, 2012 at 9:49 pm

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