It is a historical and ancient temple. Here Lord Shiva’s ‘Sundareshwar’ means [in the form of a beautiful God] and his consort Mother Goddess Parvati Meenakshi. That is [as a goddess with fish-shaped eyes] this temple is known as
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva in the form of Sundareswarar along with his ganas came to Madurai city to marry Princess Meenakshi, the daughter of Pandya king Malaydhwaja.
Hence Meenakshi is considered to be an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. This temple is one of the most sacred places of Goddess Parvati.
Everyone is surprised to see the establishment of this temple and its architectural art, that is why this temple comes first in the list of seven wonders of the modern world,
There are 12 grand gopurams in the group of buildings that are here, which are very elaborately crafted. These have been painted and painted very meticulously and efficiently.
This painting is made on sight, this temple is considered to be a very important place of Tamil people, and this temple has been described in Tamil literature since ancient times, while the present construction of this temple is said to be of the early 17th century.
Mythology of Meenakshi Amman Temple
Lord Shiva descended on earth in the form of ‘Sundareshwar’ to marry Goddess Parvati because Goddess Parvati had incarnated as Meenakshi.
So for this reason, as a result of the severe penance of the King of Madurai, Goddess Parvati incarnated as a daughter in his house. When she was young, she took over the rule of the city.
At that time Lord Shiva came there and proposed marriage to him, which Meenakshi Devi accepted. This marriage is seen as the biggest event on this stream.
Because in this marriage people from almost the whole earth had gathered in Madurai. Lord Vishnu himself had come from his residence Baikunth to conduct the marriage in this marriage.
See God’s Leela, when Lord Vishnu was coming for the wedding, he was late in coming here because of Indra, in the meantime, the work of marriage was conducted by the local deity Koodal Azhakar.
After that Lord Vishnu came and he got angry and at that time he vowed never to come here in the city of Madurai. And then they went to the mountain Alagar Koil, which borders the city.
After that other deities went there to celebrate them and they were celebrated by the gods, then they got Meenakshi-Sundareshwarar’s Panigrahan ceremony done.
The marriage of Meenakshi Sundareshwar and pacifying Lord Vishnu and bringing him back, both events are celebrated as the biggest festival of Madurai by the people here. Which is currently known as Chitirai Tiruvizha and Azhkar Tiruvizha, i.e. [Festival of the Beautiful God]
Giving the hand of Goddess Parvati in the hands of Lord Shiva is clearly visible in the idols installed here, Lord Vishnu Lord Vishnu’s brother-in-law can be seen performing the Panigrahan rites.
When is the festival celebrated in Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple?
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The biggest festival associated with Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple is Meenakshi Tirukalyanam,
This festival is organized in the month of Chaitra which means ‘in the middle of the month of April’.
Along with this festival, annual festivals are organized with great pomp in most of the temples of Tamil Nadu.
It consists of a variety of events, such as the Rath Yatra taking place known as (Ter Tiruvizha) and the boat festival Manana (Teppa Tiruvizha). Apart from this, other Hindu festivals are celebrated such as Navratri and Shivratri are also celebrated here with great pomp.
Meenakshi Amman Temple Map