June: India, detailed ornaments of the Meenakshi temple / Madurai


The Meenakshi temple is a Hindu temple in the Tamil Nadu city of Madurai. It took 120 years to complete, with most of the construction being done between 1623 and 1660. The massive structure measures 254 by 237 meters. The temple precinct is surrounded by nine gopurams (monumental gateways covered with sculpture), which rise up to 200 feet high. Its tallest spire rises 60 meters, and was for many years the tallest structure in its category in Asia. The temple is dedicated to Shiva, known and his consort Meenakshi, or Fisheyed One. The Meenakshi-Temple remains the symbol and heart of the city of Madurai and one of the holiest sites in India, attracting pilgrims and tourists.

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