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Meenakshi Amman Temple is a historic Hindu temple located on the south side of the Vaigai River in Madurai and is one of the most prominent landmarks of the city.

It is dedicated to Meenakshi and her consort, Sundareswarar. The complex houses 14 gopurams (gateway towers) ranging from 45–50 metres (148–164 feet) in height, the tallest being the southern tower, 51.9 metres (170 feet) high. There are also two golden sculptured vimana (shrines) over the sanctum of the main deities.

The temple is a significant symbol for Tamils and has been mentioned since antiquity in Tamil literature, though the present structure was built between 1623 and 1655 CE. The temple attracts on average 15,000 visitors a day, which grows to around 25,000 on Fridays. There are an estimated 33,000 sculptures in the temple, and it was in the list of top 30 nominees for the "New7Wonders of the World".

(Source: Wikipedia)

It is not possible to take 'normal' cameras and video equipment into the temple; these shots were therefore taken on my smart phone.

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