Jyotir Lingum Yatra
Monday, February 03, 2003
Meenakshi Temple Tour
The ceiling paintings that you may have seen from my last blog entry come from inside the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai. This temple fortress, dedicated to the Divine Mother, is of great historical significance. I could spend hours telling you about it, but once again, I just rather show you my pictures.
There are four "Gopurams" in each of the cardinal directions. I think of them as mountains of gods.
The red & white striped paint-job is fairly common in these South Indian temples.
These are just the outer courtyard areas of the temple. Many shrines to specific deities are given individual homes inside, throughout this sprawling maze. Photography was not permitted deep inside the complex.
Ganesh, overcomer of obstacles. Definitely one of my very favorites!