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.
- 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.
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.
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
Each side of the ceilings are painted with different colors and flowers. The details look stunning.
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.
The temple elephant blessing a devotee at the temple premises. Getting such blessings is considered sacred in India.
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.
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