The name of Mother-Goddess is Meenakshi, which in chaste Tamil is known as Angayarkanni, meaning her eyes are in the shape of a fish. As the fish protects its eggs with its eye sight, so protects Mother Meenakshi Her devotee with a very look of Her eyes. The fish does not have eye lash, so the eyes never close and ever open. Similarly, Mother never closes Her eyes and keep them ever open day in and day out without twinkling to take care of Her devotees. (Unmesha nimishodhpanna vipanna bhuvanavali-Sri Lalitha Sahasranama). Mother Meenakshi has many names as Pachai Devi, Maragathavalli, Thadathagai, Abishekavalli, Abhiramavalli, Kayarkan Kumari, Karpooravalli, Kumari Thurayal, Komagal, Sundaravalli, Pandipiratti, Madurapuri Thalaivi, Manickavalli, Mummulai Tiruvazhumagal. Lord Nataraja changing legs in dance: The divine wedding of Mother Meenakshi with Lord Shiva was going on in a grand way.
The Meenakshi temple is believed to have been founded by Indra (king of Deva celestial deities) while he was on a pilgrimage to atone for his misdeeds. He felt his burden lifting as he neared the swayambu lingam (self formed lingam, a representation of Shiva used for worship in temples) of Madurai. He ascribed this miracle to the lingam and constructed the temple to enshrine it. Indra worshipped Shiva, who caused golden lotuses to appear in the nearby pool.Tamil literature speaks of the temple over the last two millennia. Thirugnanasambandar, the famous Hindu saint of Saiva philosophy, mentioned this temple as early as the 7th century, and described the deity as Aalavai Iraivan. The temple is believed to have been sacked by the infamous Muslim invader Malik Kafur in 1310 and all the ancient elements were destroyed.
|1||Thiruvanandal pooja||05 : 00 AM - 06 : 00 AM|
|2||Vizha pooja||06:30 AM - 07 : 15 AM|
|3||Kalasandhi pooja||06:30 AM - 07 : 15 AM|
|4||Thrukalasandhi pooja||10:30 AM - 11:15 AM|
|5||Uchikkala Pooja (Noon Pooja)||10:30 AM - 11:15 AM|
|6||Maalai pooja||04:30 AM - 05:15 AM|
|7||Ardhajama Pooja (Night Pooja)||07 : 30 PM - 08 : 15 PM|
|8||Palliarai pooja||09 : 30 PM - 10 : 00 PM|
The temple forms the heart and lifeline of the 2500 year old city of Madurai. The annual 10 day Meenakshi Tirukalyanam festival celebrated during April–May attracts 1 million visitors.
Morning : 05.00 AM To 12.30 P.M
Evening : 04.00 PM To 10.00 P.M
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