Meenakshi Amman Kovil
Cultivate Your Wanderlust in India By Visiting a Hindu Temple!
An adventure to India is never complete until you awaken your soul and tour through a beautiful, Hindu temple. The Meenakshi Amman Temple, in the invigorating city of Madurai, provides the perfect opportunity for a cultural and spiritual enlightenment. You can navigate the temple on your own, although, booking a guide through your hotel is the best way to gain insight into the Hindu lifestyle and learn about the ornate décor of the temple. Photography and shoes are not allowed inside, however, there is a security stand that will safely guard them during your visit. The surrealism will set in after a short and barefooted walk to the temple amidst the crowds of people! If possible, try arranging your visit on one of the many holidays. Ganesh Jayanti or “Ganesha’s birthday,” the famous elephant icon, is one example of a big holiday that brings much excitement to the temple. Become invoked with prosperity and wisdom after becoming blessed by a live elephant. Offer him a few rupees and he will gently tap his trunk on your head! These endearing creatures are very symbolic to India; moments like these are once-in-a-life-time! A tour through this magical temple is one of many experiences that will truly cultivate your wanderlust through India!
By Lisa Milas
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