Meenakshi Amman Temple Review, Madurai, India
This post is a Meenakshi Amman Temple review. Meenakshi Amman Temple is a Hindu Temple found in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.
This Meenakshi Amman Temple review includes personal opinions and useful information including directions, pictures, costs, etc.
Cost(s): 50IDR for foreiners + 50IDR phone camera fee.
Address: Meenakshi Amman Temple street, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001.
Meenakshi Amman Temple Review, Madurai
Meenakshi Temple is one of the major tourist attractions in Madurai, and was in fact the main reason for me going to Madurai in the first place.
For some reason there is an entry fee to enter this religious site. Personally, I feel that religious sites should not be charging an entry fee, but it is so common, and I am not Hindu so maybe it is only fair. Also, regardless of being Hindu or not, foreigners are charged more… about 5x more. Paying one entry fee is fine, but then you have to pay a fee to use your camera phone (which is common in India, and in reality you could just not pay and use it anyway) and then there are also exhibits inside where you have to pay another entry fee to look in.
As soon as you enter, in fact, even before you enter, tour guides will offer you their service. Generally, I’d rather just roam around myself. Their common sales line is “it is a big temple, a very big temple”, which baffled me because I don’t see how having a tour guide will make the temple smaller.
You can’t take anything in the temple with you except water, your phone and camera (assuming you pay the fee) and your wallet/cash. Everything else must be left at the front where they will give you a token. The tout next to me said I should pay them 30IDR. I asked how much and the lady said 20IDR, and I think if the tout wasn’t there and I didn’t ask the counter lady probably wouldn’t have charged me anything. Not that I mind paying the 20IDR for them to keep my stuff safe.
The also give you stuff to cover yourself if you are inappropriately dressed, i.e., I was wearing shorts.
The temple itself is pretty impressive. I’ve seen my share of temples. This one was nice. It isn’t really that big as the touts suggest.
Inside I saw an elephant. Why do they just keep an elephant in captivity inside a temple I have not idea. It’s cruelty to animals in my book, something I am sure Hindu’s are against… or maybe not. After all, they aren’t Buddhist.
There are many sections which only Hindu’s are allowed to enter, and others that you can enter for an extra fee, such as the temple museum.
Inside the temple there are also shops and free drinking water.
Getting to Meenakshi Temple in Madurai
From the Hotel Boopathi it is a short walk to the south entrance.
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