Friday

Mottai Gopuram - Towers of Meenakshiamman Temple - Madurai

Whenever I go to Madurai, my home town in India, I must go to Meenakshi Amman Temple, if not my home coming is never complete! Besides having a satisfactory darshan, I enjoy walking around the temple soaking up in the beauty of the tall கோபுரம்(towers), பொற்றாமரை குளம் (Golden Lotus Pond), and story telling sculptures! Here is a view of North Tower.

North Tower - Mottai Gopuram

All the towers are adorned with beautiful sculptures that depict stories from puranas (legand/mythology). However, this tower is almost bare and the locals call this as மொட்டை கோபுரம் (bare tower!?). The legend says that all the towers in this temple was built overnight by the bhootahganaas (Lord Shiva's heavenly followers). Sunrise occurred while building the north tower, so it was left incomplete!


View from Inside

Here is a shot of South Tower, which is filled with story telling sculptures...

South Tower

15 comments:

Pretty Life Online said...

Great one for skywatch! The sky is the daily bread of the eyes. Happy TGIF! Hoping you can visit my skywatch post.

Pretty Life Online said...

Great one for skywatch! The sky is the daily bread of the eyes. Happy TGIF! Hoping you can visit my skywatch post.

Photo Cache said...

wow that is one impressive temple. i wish theree were some closer shots.

My sky is here

lotusleaf said...

Beautiful shots!

Tina said...

Great shots. Very beautiful! LG Tina

Tina said...

Thanks for you tip! - What is pulavu, is it basmati rice? :( LG Tina

Lavender said...

lovely capture! :)

Tina said...

Thanks for Mom´s recipies link. I will give this a try even my hubby loves Chapati :)
Have a nice weekend - Lg Tina

WR said...

WOW!!!! How interesting and elegant.

Eva Gallant said...

What a gorgeous photo!

Anonymous said...

I like it very much!

Anonymous said...

It is very helpful!

Anonymous said...

THX for sharing

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Quite an amazing sight. Now I wonder what it looks like inside.
Thank you for your visit and comment. Couldn't agree more with your sentiment. The patina of time is always appealing. Have a great weekend.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very good photos of this temple.

Regards!

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