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Meenakshi Temple

Listed under Temples in Madurai, India.

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Twelve pyramids of impressively carved and coloured deities on rectangular bases tapering to smaller rectangles on the statue topped peaks are the beacons for this temple complex. The history of the original complex is unknown, but it’s built on the spot where Shiva and his followers appeared to the kingdoms ruler asking to marry his daughter. Tamil history recounts there being grand temples on this site for millennia but they have been destroyed and rebuilt several times, most recently during the middle of the 17th century. A high wall surrounds the whole complex with a Shiva shrine is at the centre and several other halls and shrines arranged amongst the twelve ornate towers (the tallest is nine storeys high and 170 feet high.). The arts flourished within the temple compound, much Tamil literature was stored here, and the rest of the city gradually built up around it. These days the compound attracts an average of six thousand visitors each day.

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