gopuras of Meenaksi Temple
This is the Meenaksi Sundareshvara Temple in Madurai which has been the heart and life of the Tamil people for 2500 years from ancient Madurai until today. It is hard to tell if the city or the temple have grown together as one, but it is evident as you wander from vendors straightway into the temple courtyard where people and animals are resting or sleeping in the shade of giant columns.
Spaced around the perimeter of the temple grounds are 12 gopuras or pyramidal gates rising more than 164 feet that mark the four direction entrances to the temple complex at the four cardinal points.
The solid granite bases are covered with stucco figures of deities, mythical animals, and monsters . The gopurs are all painted in a 12 year rotation using vivid Indian colors.
Enjoy a walk through this spectacular sacred architecture!
This Is Incredible India!
Here is my post from my last time in the south of India !