Meenakshi Amman Temple – Rules
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple is one of the masterpieces of Dravidian architecture, designed based on the human body. Built by many generations of Pandyan rulers, the Temple sits on 16 acres of land. There are 14 towers which also serve as entrances into this Temple.
Much of the temple is off-limits to non-Hindus, but lay people can enter at the eastern gopuram.
You are restricted from carrying cameras, mobile phones, bottles, food and many other items, so it is advisable to leave your bags and other carry-on items in your hotel room before visiting the temple.
Rules: You cannot go in with shorts, only long pants. If you don't have pants, you can buy a "veshti" in nearby shops for $2 and tie it around your waist. Cannot wear shoes inside as it as a holy place. No socks either. It can get quite difficult to walk on the rocky floors on a sunny day. Foreigners pay extra. There are signboards that say "Only Hindus are permitted in the inner sanctum." You may be able to get into the Sanctum if you mingle with the crowd. Photography of the inner temple is prohibited. Many signboards warn you of dire consequences if seen taking pictures of Meenakshi idol. Buy a "special Dharisanam" ticket for 15 rupees which will bypass the crowd.
· Chewing betal leaves, tobacco, Gutka is prohibited inside the temple.
· Devotees are not allowed to enter the temple with foot wears or socks
· Devotees with uncomfortable injuries are not allowed inside the temple.
· Female devotees should not enter the temple for the first 5 days of their menstruation period.
· Devotees should maintain discipline and follow the rules of Vaidhika Dharma.
· Cleaning of the temple should be maintained.
· Smoking and Spitting inside temple is strictly prohibited.
· Umbrella, Sticks, Materials made of animal skin should not be brought inside the temple.