Located in the center of Madurai, the Meenakshi Temple has become a symbol of the city with its imposing tower gates. The temple is said to date back to the 1st century, and its vast grounds, decorated with countless carvings and pillars, are dedicated to Meenakshi, who was originally a native goddess, Shiva, one of the main deities of Hinduism, and many other deities. Many devotees visit the temple every day, and together with the surrounding town, the excitement and bustle of the temple never cease.
Madurai is one of the central cities of the Tamil region in southern India. It is an ancient city that flourished as the capital of the Pandya dynasty in ancient times and has developed under several empires and dynasties. During the Nayaka dynasty in the 16th century, the Hindu Meenakshi Temple was built in the center of the city, establishing Madurai as one of the most sacred places in South India. The streets are never empty, even at night, and the city is also known as “the sleepless city”.