The Meenakshi Amman Temple located in Madurai, Tamil Nadu is a typical Dravidian style temple dedicated to the Hindu deities Parvati and Lord Shiva. It is also referred as Minakshi-Sundareshwara Temple. It has a prominent Gopuram that reaches almost 50 meters high. The current structure was built during the 17th century, although the temple has existed since ancient times. Over the centuries, the temple has been a centre of education of culture, literature, art, music and dance.
The temple is a major pilgrimage destination within the Shaivism tradition, dedicated to Meenakshi Devi and Shiva. However, the temple includes Vishnu in many narratives, sculptures and rituals as he is considered to be Meenakshi’s brother. The Meenakshi temple hosts a festival in each month of the Tamil calendar. Some festivals attract significant participation, with the Meenakshi wedding-related festival attracting over a million people over 12 days. It is called the “Meenakshi Thirukalyanam”. The festival is celebrated in the Chithirai month, which typically falls about April. It marks the divine marriage of Meenakshi, and is the most attended festival.