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Temple City

Whether you approach Madurai (‘Sweet Place’) by car, train or plane, the first thing you see of the city are the ten tall gopurams — the towering gates — of the fascinating Meenakshi Temple. The temple, dating from the late sixteenth century and built in the Dravidian style is dedicated to Lord Shiva and His consort, the fish-eyed Goddess Meenakshi. The temple is a city within a city, complete with a bustling bazaar.
The greatest day for the local people comes around the end of April when the marriage of the deities is celebrated with joy and fervour.
The temple is 254 m long and 217 m wide.

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