I visited the Meenakshi Amman temple of Madurai in April this year with my parents and sons. I have still not recovered from the beauty of this magnificent temple town and its surroundings. I feel, I have not yet seen it all completely and plan to revisit the temple again.
This was a plan I made for close to a year ever since I saw a post from a fellow blogger. My maternal grandfather had visited the temple in his youth and had asked my mother to visit it atleast once in her lifetime. It is incredibly beautiful. The pictures I took do absolutely no justice to the beauty of the place.
Tamil temple architecture is different from Kerala temple architecture. The layouts are similar with an outer periphery, an inner periphery and the sanctum sanctorum with the idol inside the inner periphery. Everything is laid out as per the shastras with the idols placed as per directions. Kerala temples are sombre, serious affairs with the stone walls left in its natural states, minimal decorations, quiet atmosphere inside the temple with the smell of sandalwood paste, flowers and coconuts. Continue reading