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Imagine approaching a temple complex where u are greeted by soaring gateway more than 15 stories tall, covered in 1500 brightly painted sculptures of divine and demonic figures. It’s overwhelming & disorienting, but it's just a taste of what awaits the pilgrim.
Meenakshi Temple is in the town of Madurai in southern India. With its numerous towers and its warren of associated sacred spaces, it embodies the active continuation of an ancient set of religious and artistic traditions in southern India.
The earliest temple at Madurai was likely constructed in 7th century C.E., but temple complex today is largely the work of Nayak dynasty in 16th & 17th centuries. They enlarged the complex and redesigned surrounding streets in accordance with sacred tradition of Vastu Shastra.
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