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Meenakshi means something in the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Meenakshi Temple (also spelled Śrī Mīnākṣī) in Madurai (or Madura) represents a sacred place for the worship of The Goddess (Devī).—The Nayaks of Madurai were responsible for the grandest religious monuments of the period, such as the double temple dedicated to Mīnākṣī and Sundareśvar in the middle of their capital. The Mīnākṣī Sundareśvar Temple of Madurai is an ancient center of worship as well as an art gallery of vast proportions. While the temple was expanded over many years, much of the work dates from the reign of Thirumalai Nayak. The Mīnākṣī Temple, dating back to the 17th century in its present form, is located in the centre of the city and is certainly the most prominent structure. The temple is surrounded by a series of enclosures. The outer walls enclosing the shrines and other structures measure 259 meters by 221 meters and each of the four sides has a large gateway.

According to the Sthala-purāna, [...] Lord Śiva made his divine son Murukan (Murugan) be born as his mortal son and named him Ukhirapandyan (Pandyan of Valour). After his son’s coronation, the lord and his consort entered the temple and changed themselves into Somasundarar and Mīnākṣī. This is the origin of the sthala.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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