Minākshi Kovil

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  • Day16

    Pondicherry to Madurai

    December 20, 2018 in India ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    We left Pondicherry and drove several hours to the nearest train station where we caught a four hour train to the ancient city of Madurai. Madurai is India's second oldest city behind Varanasi and home to the 14 colorful gateway towers of the Meenakshi Amaan temple. The temple is a central pilgrimage site. It is dedicated to Meenakshi, a form of the goddess Parvati, goddess of creative power, fertility, love, beauty, marriage, children, and devotion; as well as of divine strength and power.

    We walked from our hotel to the temple and met our guide Charles. Throughout our tour of the temple. we noticed a lot of new babies. Charles explained that this is one of the places that one goes to seek blessings for a good life for newborns. Parents break a coconut and use the milk to make a cake to share with friends and family. Unfortunately they don't allow cameras inside, but suffice it to say that the inside is just as chaotically decorated as the tower facades.

    A strange, and perhaps miraculous happenstance ocuurred when I was inside of the temple complex. The complex was pretty full of people. Thousands of people. Lots of pilgrims, families, and mendicants. In the center of the complex is the sanctum santorum and location of the statue of Meenakshi. There was a long cue of pilgrims waiting to enter. Suddenly I heard someone from the cue yelling my name, I turned and there was Jevesh, the pilgrim Augie and I had met on the beach in Kochi some 10 days and many miles ago. There are some 60 million people living in the south of India and we had crossed paths once again. Go figure...
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  • Day22

    Cape Comorin to Madurai

    January 27, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    This morning we have the option to get up early to watch the sunrise from the southern tip of India with thousands of locals, which can be an incredible experience! From Kanyakumari we then start heading back north again, and drive to the holy city of Madurai. In the afternoon we will have an included visit to the Sri Meenakshi Temple in Madurai. In Madurai we will stay in a comfortable local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

    We are hitting the tarmac again at about 08 am. Um 12:00 haben wir den truck auf einem öffentlichen Parkplatz geparkt und sind mit tuk-tuks zum Hotel in Madurai gefahren. Nach einem sehr gutem lunch für wenig Geld haben wir uns das „Ghandi“ Museum angesehen. Dort war ich vor einigen Jahren schon einmal gewesen. Am Nachmittag gehen wir (bei 35 Grad in langen Hosen) zum „ „Sri Meenakshi Temple“. Auch dort war ich schon einmal gewesen und habe das Bild innerhalb des Tempels mit einem Elefanten gemacht, was heute in Bederkesa eingerahmt an der Wand hängt. Da neuerdings im Tempel fotografieren und Filmen verboten ist, habe ich mich entschlossen nicht zum zweiten Mal in den Tempel zu gehen. Für mich ist das nur interessant, wenn ich Menschen und Atmosphäre filmen kann. Altes Gemäuer alleine bringt mir nicht viel. Heidi ist aber mit der Gruppe und einem local guide in den Tempel reingegangen. In dem Hotel mit Rooftop waren 90 Prozent westliche Touristen. Offensichtlich liegt „Madurai“ wieder im Fadenkreuz des internationalen Tourismus.

    Editiert am 03.05.2019.
    Text von Wolfgang
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