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Meenakshi Temple, Madurai

Meenakshi Temple, Madurai

Meenakshi Temple, also referred to as Meenakshi Amman or Minakshi-Sundareshwara Temple, is a beautiful temple located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River, Madurai, Tamil Nadu. It is dedicated to Meenakshi (a form of Parvati) and Sundareswar (a form of Shiva).

Considered as one of the major pilgrimage destinations within the Shaivism tradition, the temple comprises Lord Vishnu in many narratives, sculptures and rituals as he is considered to be the brother of Devi Meenakshi. It also includes Lakshmi, flute playing Krishna, Rukmini, Brahma, Saraswati, other Vedic and Puranic deities, as well as artwork showing narratives from major Hindu texts. It is the most prominent landmark in Madurai and attracts tens of thousands visitors a day.

 

Architectural Significance of the Temple:

The temple complex is spreaded in the area of 45 acres and comprises richly sculptured twelve superlative gopurams (towers). The main sanctum sanctorum is believed to be more than 3500 years old. The colossal structure of the temple has got the dimensions of 254 by 237 meters.

Aayiram Kaal Mandapam is a thousand pillared hall, which is prominent due to its class sculptures. The hall is truly a marvel of architecture and definitely worth-visiting. 'Kalyana Mandapa' is the hall, where the marriage of Shiva and Parvati is observed every year in the Hindu month of 'Chaitra' (April).

Some Interesting Facts About the Temple:

  • Meenakshi Amman Temple has been nominated for the new Seven Wonders of the World.
  • Hundreds and thousands of devotees come every year to pay their obeisance of the Lord.
  • Meenakshi Sundareswar Temple is dedicated to Sundareswar (form of Lord Shiva) and Meenakshi (form of Goddess Parvati). The term "Sundareswar" suggests "the beautiful lord" and "Meenakshi" means "the fish-eyed goddess". As per the Hindu folklore, Madurai is the same city where Lord Sundareswar (Shiva) appeared to marry Goddess Meenakshi (Parvati).
  • Meenakshi Temple is regarded as one of the most sacred places of Parvati, other being Kamakshi at Kanchipuram, Akilandeswari at Thiruvanaikaval and Vishalakshi at Varanasi.

 

Know the top nearby attractions:

Koodal Azhagar Temple: Located in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Madurai, it is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Featuring a Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Koodal Azhagar and his consort Lakshmi as Mathuravalli.

Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal: One can witness a classic fusion of Dravidian and Rajput styles in this palace. The building, which can be seen today, was the main Palace, in which the king lived. This Palace at Madurai was considered to be one of the wonders of the South. This palace is 2 km far from the Meenakshi Amman Temple.

Aayiram Kaal Mandapam: This place is an excellent masterpiece of the Pandian era, which is built out of a single rock. Located inside the Meenakshi Amman temple, this hall houses 1000 pillars, displaying the articles of ancient times. The carvings and statues on each of the pillars are unique and fabulous. This is an example of the marvel of Indian architecture.

 

How to reach:  

One can easily reach Meenakshi Temple by taking local buses, Rickshaws or by hiring taxis from Madurai.

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बैद्यनाथ धाम ज्योतिर्लिंग :

बैद्यनाथ ज्योतिर्लिंग मंदिर को ही बाबा बैद्यनाथ धाम भी कहा जाता है।इस जगह को शिव के सबसे पवित्र निवास स्थान और 12 ज्योतिर्लिंगों में से एक माना जाता है। यह भारत के झारखंड राज्य के देवघर में स्थित है। इस मंदिर परिसर है बाबा बैद्यनाथ का ज्योतिर्लिंग स्थापित है।मंदिर परिसर में बैद्यनाथ धाम ज्योतिर्लिंग के अलावा 21 अन्य मंदिर भी हैं।

पूजा का महत्त्व:

भगवान शिव के पूजा में बेलपत्र चढ़ाना सर्वश्रेठ और शुभ माना गया है। तीन पत्तियों का संगम, शिव की तीन आंखों के अलावा उनके त्रिशूल का भी प्रतीक है, जो पिछले तीन जन्मों के पापों को नष्ट करने के वाला माना जाता है। हालाँकि, वृक्ष के बेलपत्र तोड़ने का भी एक समय होता हैं। कहा जाता हैं कि महादेव सौ कमल चढ़ाने से जितने प्रसन्न होते हैं, उतना ही एक नीलकमल चढ़ाने पर होते हैं और एक हजार नीलकमल के बराबर एक बेलपत्र होता है। इसीलिए भगवान शिव को प्रसन्न करने के लिए बेलपत्र चढ़ाना चाहिए।

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हमारे द्वारा नियुक्त पुजारी बैद्यनाथ धाम मंदिर में बेलपत्र द्वारा स्थापित विधी से पूजा सम्पन्न करते है।

पूजा सामग्री:

बेलपत्र, जल, फूल।

पूजा अवधि:

नित्य, 10 मिनट

पूजा करने वाले पंडितों की संख्या:
  • पंडित मोती राम मिश्रा 35 वर्षों के अनुभव के साथ।

  • पंडित ललन मिश्रा 10 वर्षों के अनुभव के साथ।

डिसक्लेमर : हम किसी भी मंदिर के एजेंट, सहयोगी या प्रतिनिधि नहीं हैं। हम पूरे देश में फैले पंडितों के अपने नेटवर्क के माध्यम से सेवाएं प्रदान करवाते हैं

इस पूजा को बुकिंग के 7 दिनों के अंदर शुरु करवाया जाएगा।

About the Temple :

Baidyanath Jyotirlinga temple, also known as Baba Baidyanath dham and Baidyanath dham is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the most sacred abodes of Shiva. It is located in Deoghar in the Santhal Parganas division of the state of Jharkhand, India. It is a temple complex consisting of the main temple of Baba Baidyanath, where the Jyotirlinga is installed, and 21 other temples.

About the Puja:

Offering Bilva or belpatra in Shiva Puja is important and considered auspicious. A confluence of three leaves, "Bilva" is symbolic of Shiva's three eyes as well as his trident (trishul) which is believed to destroy sins of the past three births. However, there are certain days when one should not pluck the bel leaves from a tree.

How Puja is done ?

The purohits and pandits will perform the puja with proper rituals and right procedure inside Baba Baidyanath Dham Temple.

Puja Samagri:

Belpatra, Jal, Flowers.

Puja Duration:

10 mins, Everday

Number of Pandits performing Puja:
  • Pandit Moti Ram Mishra with 35 years of experience.

  • Pandit Lallan Mishra with 10 years of experience.

Disclaimer : We are not an agent, associate or representative of any temple. We perform services through our own network of Pandits spread throughout the country

Please note it can take up to 7 days to schedule the puja.