COMPLEXE DU TEMPLE DE MEENAKSHI

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The Meenakshi Temple Complex is one of the most fascinating in the country. The restrictions spoil the visit a little for non-Hindus but it is well worth it. It is easy to spend two hours observing the devotees, rituals and architecture of the place. Four gigantic gopuram mark the entrances to the complex at the four cardinal points. The gopuram of the western entrance, 62 meters high, is the second largest in India (after that of Srirangam). The daily 9pm ceremony is not to be missed: Sundareswarar (Shiva) is taken to his wife Meenakshi's sanctuary where he will spend the night. Music, percussion and religious songs punctuate this bewitching ceremony. Major renovations were taking place during our visit in April 2019.

The temple, a true city within the city, includes all the following places:

Mandapam Meenakshi Nayakkar. It is composed of 110 pillars bearing the figures of a chimera called Yalli, which has the body of a lion and the head of an elephant.

Mandapam Vasantha. Also called Pudhu, it was built by Thirumalai Nayakkar. Vasanthosavam - the spring festival - is celebrated in Vaikasi (April and May). Its pillars bear complex sculptures by Shiva and Meenakshi, including scenes from their marriage; ten of these sculptures are dedicated to Nayak kings and their wives.

The seminar. About 100 students, from the age of 5, receive free education to become a priest. After 5 years, they are ready to become priests, but they wait until they are married to practice.

The mandapam Ashta Shakti. In this hall, built on the initiative of Thirumalai Nayak's wives, Rudrapathi Ammal and Tholimamai, food is distributed to the faithful who come from far away. The sculptures on the mandapam pillars tell the story of the beautiful princess of Madurai and her marriage to Lord Shiva.

Portamaraikulam or gold lotus reservoir. This is the place where the Tamil literary society called Sangam used to meet to decide on the merit of the literary works presented to it.

Mandapam Oonjal (swing) and man-dapam Kilikootu (parrot cage). Every Friday, the golden idols of Meenakshi and Sundareshwar are placed on the swing in the mandapam Oonjal and, while hymns are sung, the divinities oscillate back and forth.

Sundareshwar Temple. This temple was built by Nayak Tirumalai. In the courtyard, the god Shiva is represented in the form of a phallus (lingam) and, here too, the entrance is limited to Hindus.

The temple museum is located in a hall (mandapam) with 985 richly carved pillars, each surpassing the other in beauty. Outside the mandapam, to the west, are the Musical Pillars: each pillar produces a different musical note

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Visited in december 2016
Dans une enceinte rectangulaire avec 4 gopuram finement décorées ce temple est un lieu de pèlerinage très actif. De nombreux fidèles se pressent à ses portes et l'entrée est un peu longue car soumise à une fouille complète (pas de sacs ni d'appareil photos -téléphones portables tolérés-)
Un temple très vivant où se passent de nombreuses cérémonies et procession.
Le profane ne peu pas accéder à tous les lieux sacrés mais le soir, à la tombée de la nuit il peut assister à la procession où, dans une ambiance à la fois recueillie et bon enfant Shiva est amené à Parvati pour passer la nuit.
Notice filed on 09/29/2017 
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Visited in march 2017
Temple - ville absolument incontournable en Inde du Sud, autant pour l'importance du bâti que pour la vie trépidante qui règne constamment à l'intérieur du Temple. Les nombreuses portes d'accès sont impressionnantes avec leur profusion de statues multicolores. On est fasciné par la ferveur des fidèles qui remplissent les lieux par milliers chaque jour.
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Visited in july 2016
Les tours du temple de Maduraï sont très représentatives de l'art dravidien du Tamil Nadu avec ses milliers de divinités polychrome qui contemple de leur hauteur les pèlerins et les touristes. Il faut entrer dans le saint-des-saint pour apprécier pleinement les statues des dieux classiques comme Vishnou, Shiva ou encore Ganesh mais aussi de nombreux dieux locaux logés entre les piliers.
Notice filed on 02/27/2017 
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Visited in january 2015
Une fabuleuse ville temple avec un foisonnement de sculptures et de couleurs. A voir sans hésiter. Le soir, vous pouvez assister à la cérémonie où les prêtres conduisent Shiva à Parvati.
Notice filed on 03/21/2015 
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A voir absolument, mérite même un grand détour. Enormément de monde : fidèles, touristes indiens et étrangers, mais fabuleux
Notice filed on 02/03/2010 
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Complexe immense, avec ses gopurams multicolores, le temple Sri Meenakshi constitue l’un des plus grands et l’un des plus beaux temples du Tamil Nadu. Les gopurams sont abondamment ornés de sculptures hautement colorées, mais l’intérieur du temple également avec son labyrinthe de salles pleines de colonnes et aux plafonds très décorés. Le plus grand des gopurams, très impressionnant, mesure 60 m de haut, ce qui en fait le plus haut gopuram d’Inde. Le sanctuaire possède également un superbe bassin. A voir absolument !
Notice filed on 09/08/2009 

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