Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple

Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple

Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
4.5
5:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Monday
5:00 AM - 12:30 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 12:30 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 12:30 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 12:30 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
5:00 AM - 12:30 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 12:30 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 12:30 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
About
Experience the culture of Madurai with this private tour of its ancient temples. Spend approximately 45 minutes visiting each of the Dravidian temples built by the Pandyan and Madurai Nayak kings, earning the city its nickname Koil Maanagar, which means Temple City. Discover why Madurai, also called the City of Junctions or Koodal Nagaram, is one of India's most outstanding Hindu pilgrimage centers.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Hey Pretty!
    Bengaluru, India9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Speechless!
    This is the main attraction in Madhurai, so i really dont think it needs any review. But here are some tips to make it easy. 1/ Always go with a guide. The temple is spread over a large area and on your own you will have no idea how to cover the whole place. There are 14 gopurams and many other spots of interest since 4 dynasties across 100 years has contributed to the temple architecture and landscape. We went with Southern Tourism and our guide was very good and fluent in english, hindi, french and a bunch of other languages. 2/ If you are religious and want proper darshan, then the easiest way to do this is to tip the priest and get a short cut entry. We paid about Rs. 1,500 per shrine for Shiva and Parvati and got a very good darshan. Totally satisfied. 3/ Dress code: Full pant or dhoti for men and salwar suit or saree for women. Considering the weather, please wear pure cotton and loose clothing. You can buy it in Madhurai in Westside store. 4/ Plan the visit for evening only - everything is lit up and beautiful. 5/ Check in advance if there are any special pooja or day - on the day of our visit it was a special Nandi Abhishekam and we really enjoyed the festivities. Hope this helps!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 14 April 2023
  • Shiva Shinde
    Nagpur District, India10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    1000 pillars 1000 stories
    This temple has very beautiful architecture that might blow your mind. You may visit this place as an devotee, or an architecture lover. The temple has magnificent pillars, got to know that they are a thousand, with intricate design and storytelling in them. Do visit this temple in evening if possible, it is lightened with lamps, Diyas.
    Visited July 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 June 2023
  • Vikash A
    Bengaluru, India4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A mini journey into the Glory of our India
    It is a spiritual and architectural marvel of India. One has to experience it. Thanks to our guide Rajesh, we had a peaceful darshan and got to appreciate the various parts of the temple with their significance. Keep at least 2-3 hours.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 June 2023
  • Mrs Preeti
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Meenakshi temple review
    It was a very nice experience with Mr. Dhanabalan Perumal as our guide in Meenakshi Temple. He was very kind and humble.He explained deeply about temple. He treated us as a family member. If any one planning to visit meenakshi temple must try his services. His no. Is 9659324304.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 June 2023
  • Pillai
    Atlanta, Georgia6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A happy devotee
    A guide who was born and brought by near Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple, who knows in and out of the temple, history, pooja timing, who can speak good english and above all a humble person. Look no further. Call Rajesh 919994849453 as soon as you can, for an exceptional divine experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 June 2023
  • Fernweh
    Hyderabad, India225 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent beautiful temple
    This is a magnificent temple. Every corner has an amazing story and great artwork. If you are visiting for the first time, I highly recommend hiring a guide to know about the temple's history and understand the details. The temple complex is huge and requires some walking around. TN government-authorized guides are available at the temple entrance. I contacted Mr Rajesh sir (+919994849453) and he has been an amazing guide. He is very knowledgeable and he told me a lot of details about the temple that I would have missed if I had visited without him. He also helped me with Pandit and driver contacts for my Rameswaram trip. If you are ok with traveling around Madurai in an auto rickshaw/tuk tuk, do reach out to Mr Manikantan (+91 99434 13150). He is a friendly honest person and shares info about places' history. He ensures that you see Madurai properly. He speaks good English and Hindi, and his auto charges are reasonable.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 9 July 2023
  • Elaine C
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Helpful info about the visit!
    The temple is definitely worth a visit. Highly recommended to go with a guide. A guide can provide not only the basic information about the temple, but is also very helpful when it comes to knowing which entrance has fewer people, which lines, when to be there for the evening procession, where to stand for it. It makes the visit much smoother and less confusing. I was allowed to bring a small bag with my sunglasses and money, and my hat. I also saw people bring in their wallets. While there is a popular crowded entrance on the east side, the guide was able to point us to a less crowded entrance. There is a beautiful water-bath there. In the evening, there could be mosquitoes. We saw insects flying about but not sure what they were. We went twice to the temple; once in late afternoon so that there is still daylight to see the temple clearly and then in the evening to see the procession. We are happy with that choice. The procession lasts for about 30 min. Even though officially it is at 9 pm, in practice that can vary depending on the crowd. On a day with a lot of people, it often starts at 10.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 August 2023
  • IK-
    Fort Portal, Uganda7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive temple and great guide!
    Very impressive and beautiful temple complex. Due to work I only had an hour (yes, way too little !) before leaving home. That's why I accepted the offer of Mr A X. Raj, tourist guide inside the temple since 1983!! He made me see things I would not have seen myself and he explained things you cannot find in the standard guidebook. It was more than worth the 700 rupees (less than 9 us dollars). I met him at the East gate. If you happen to be there, ask for him and you will have fun and learn something new. No mobile and camera allied inside. There's a facility to store it before you enter.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Kate1953
    37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Meenakshi Temple
    The one word to describe it would be Magnificent. A guide is essential to explain so many small details. It wasn't crowded on a Monday and the road around the temple is only open to foot traffic. No phones, no camera and no shoes.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 September 2023
  • niluanu
    Chennai (Madras), India613 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Holy Temple
    One of the best known Hindu temples in the country, Meenakshi Temple is located in the heart of Madurai. Dedicated to the goddess Meenakshi and her consort Lord Shiva, the temple was built by the Pandya kings, who had their capital in the city. The temple is open from 5am to 12.30pm and again from 4pm to 9.30pm. Cameras and cellphones are not permitted; hence photography is not possible. One can only take pictures of the gopurams from outside the walls. The temple tends to be always crowded with devotees and one would need to put aside a couple of hours for the visit. The architecture and the ornate sculpture are worth seeing
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 September 2023
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Meenakshi temple visit

There are two types of travel you can choose to reach Meenakshi temple, Madurai.

Reaching Madurai

1. Take flight to Madurai airport
At airport taxi service like Uber, Ola are
available through app booking.
Alternately you can also take bus from
the airport which starts at regular
intervals n at from the canteen, 2
minutes walk from the airport exit door.

Bus drops at Periyar with 25 mins
drive. Bus fare is highly affordable at
Rs 29 only. It goes thru bypass and
then city. It’s a comfortable ride.

Where bus drops temple is around
1.5km, auto takes Rs100 for the drop.

2. By train reach Madurai junction
And take auto / taxi to reach Meenakshi
temple, very near by 1.3 Km around 6-7
minutes drive.

Things to know before entering temple

1. Mobile phones or electronics items are not allowed inside the temple premises. There is a locker facility just on left side of the East tower entrance where at a charge of Rs.2 mobile can be deposited. It’s digitised so, on the locker ticket your face is also printed for security of your deposit.
2. Wallets / purse / money is allowed inside the temple. There is no provision to deposit them.
3. Large bags / suitcases can also be deposited for those visiting the temple directly from the airport / railway station. Deposit charge is only Rs.2.
4. Foot ware deposit is free.
5. Dress code: wear proper clothes no specific guidelines.

You need to keep the tickets and tickets safely to claim your belongings at return.

Tickets and Fees

After the security check, walk inside the grand premise. You will observe counter for special entry tickets.

There are three options
1. Normal line for darshan - no charges
2. Special entry : Rs 100 ticket
3. Step down special entry : Rs 50 ticket

Also there is Rs.5 each ticket (one each for lord Meenakshi and lord Shiv) to offer your garland / prasad you bought at the temple entrance gate.

Entering the deity temple

Special line for darshan is quicker and takes you to the point of darshan where pujari ji takes the offering with a little dakshina up to you to make the offerings no to the lord.

From the darshan point, lord is visible in dark stone shimmering under the light of Diyas. It’s an amazingly beautiful and blissful moment.

Collect your prasad and bhabhoot offered there.

Don’t miss to do Parikrama and then move towards lord shiva darshan.

It’s said the deity shivling emerged from earth on its own ~350 years ago. Morning Aarti and Shrinath is absolutely mesmerising. Pls check timings on the site.

Abhishekam ~11 AM I could see. It was blessings of god to witness such a large scale Abhishek.

After the Pooja, do parrikarma and while your way back, temple offers one laddu each to the devotees free of cost. Very good taste, I must say!

You can visit the nav grah temple while returning, it’s on the exit way.

Several pillars have god and goddess sthapit, it’s extremely large and spacious temple but, sculptures and art works are extremely beautiful.

I forgot I mention, on the east tower entrance door, lord Ganesh is virajman on the left side, do offer your Pooja to him before reaching to Mata Parvati ji.

Lunch

Around 1.5 km from the temple there is a place called Shree Ram Mess, serves authentic local meals on banana leaf. Tasty food to have at just Rs.170 for the unlimited serving. Upstairs is AC sitting. Non AC sitting on ground floor charges Rs120 for the same meal. You can choose basis your need. Staffs are polite and pleasant there beside to the tasty meal.

From this place railway station, Madurai junction is 5 mins walking.

Resting at Madurai station

There are hourly basis AC place provided at railway station platform No.1. Recliner chair Rs100 per hour, sofa sitting Rs.60 per hour. So for the short period relaxing you don’t need to take any hotel rather use this space, very near and clean.

Hope this information helps the devotees as we have several questions in mind popping up for the first visit. Believe a mirrored information would make the darshan / movement smooth and easy.
Written 4 April 2024
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Voyager63504390490
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
temple is beautiful must visit for every one
mr m Johnson our guide at temple
from madurai inhabitants gave us the best
information about temple history
Written 2 April 2024
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Trek04563880347
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
From the entrance to the sanctum, from the staff to the priest are all corrupted and ask for bribe to reach the sanctum fast! Bribery in the name of god! Meenatchi amma pls teach these morons a lesson! Your purity is tested by all these mongers!
Written 24 March 2024
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Chrissie77
United Kingdom656 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
There is only one reason to visit Madurai and that is the amazing temple.
We were extremely lucky to have our guide Sam Luke. He is extremely knowledgeable about the temple and Madurai in general.
And probably one of the most genuine people you will ever meet.
I found the whole experience very moving. The atmosphere is indescribable even for a non Hindu. Maybe it was seeing their reactions?
It is of course in bare feet on quite rough surfaces. With a bad ankle I found it really difficult to walk but Luke solved the problem by finding an ancient wheelchair and pushing me everywhere! Such a star 🌟
This for me was the highlight of our whole trip
Written 19 March 2024
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Paul R
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We had a fascinating tour of the largest temples of Madurai, along with the palace and several food markets. Our guide Rajesh +919994849453 was brilliant and provided endless fascinating information that we would never have found out on our own
Written 16 March 2024
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Film G
New England1,018 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Hands down the temple to see, it's massive and has many aspects to it. We were there on the Maha Shivrati Festival. Huge crowds, drumming, Shiva in his silver home being paraded around the temple led by people carrying torches, musicians and a bull. Wow.
Written 8 March 2024
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J D
Faversham, UK9 contributions
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Feb 2024 • Couples
RAJESH, our local guide ( +919994849453) took us around this magnificent temple complex, one of many in Tamil Nadu. He was very knowledgeable and invaluable in helping us understand the customs and structures. Best to go when the temple is busy and bustling with the faithful.
Written 5 March 2024
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Bridget K
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
The most impressive man made monument. It’s still in use as a temple.
Phone, shoes, bags not allowed- there are lockers to put them in.
Written 4 March 2024
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zunipic
Lagunitas, CA44 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I was very disappointed that the temple allows no cameras
Line to get in is as tight as airport security
Then to see the inside the line is long as you have to wait with locals doing darshan
Once you get into the temple it is amazing
Hallways and ceremonies are stunning but it used to be wide open and it is not anymore
Written 1 March 2024
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Ambarish2012
Kolkata (Calcutta), India180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
One of the most beautiful temples that I have visited. It is an important pilgrimage sites.

Few important tips:
1. They no longer allow mobiles inside the temple. There are lockers near every gate. You can keep your mobiles there.
2. Ladies handbags are also not allowed inside the temple. You can keep them in the storage rooms. But better not to take any valuables with you.
3. There is provision of wheelchair. Ask the guards.
4. Special darshan tickets (que is less than general line, but quite long). Special darshan ticket at Amma mandir is 100 rupees per person and 50 rupees at Shivji mandir.
5. Don't miss the 1000 pillar hall. Nothing very auspicious, but don't miss it. It is within the museum there is a 5 rupees ticket per Indian person.

We had gone at 8pm as well as 7am. The line was much less at 7am.
Written 29 February 2024
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