Height: 21 centimetres; width:16 centimetres; depth: 5.5 centimetres. Product weight - 1523 gm. Meenakshi (also known as angayarkanni, meenatchi and tadadakai), is a hindu goddess and tutelary deity of madurai who is considered an avatar of the goddess parvati. She is the divine consort of sundareswarar, a form of shiva. Even today the true heart of the city of madurai is the great meenakshi amman temple that is a celebration of the romance of the princess meenakshi and lord sundareswarar.Meenakshi means the fish-eyed goddess and an aspect of goddess parvati. Sundareswara, the handsome lord, is an aspect of the great god shiva. It is impossible to trace back the history to an exact date but madurai has been a centre of the worship of meenakshi-sundareswarar at least from the early years of the first millennium.
The story of meenakshi begins with the pandyan king malayadhwaja and queen kanchanmala who performed a yagya to beg the gods for a son. Instead a girl appeared from the yagya fire.The princess was considered to be an incarnation of the goddess parvati but was born with three breasts. The gods advised the royal couple to bring up their daughter as the heir to the throne and the astrologers predicted that the third breast would disappear when meenakshi met her husband. When her father died, young meenakshi became the queen and began an expedition of conquests that took her to the north. Leading her army and after conquering many kingdoms, when the warrior queen reached swarga in the himalayas she came into conflict with the gods.
As they were losing the battle the gods requested shiva to save them and when shiva appeared on the battlefield meenakshi's third breast vanished and she knew she had finally found her husband. Meenakshi requested shiva to marry her and he very benignly consented.
Shiva told her to return to madurai and wait for him. He arrived eight days later in the resplendent form of sundareswarar, the handsome lord and married the beautiful meenakshi in a magnificent ceremony called thirukalyanam.
Lord vishnu appeared riding on a golden horse to give the bride away. Later the divine couple had a son called subramanya also called kartikeya.
Later subramanya will also celebrate his own marriage at madurai. Divine sons: meenakshi and sundareswarar's two sons kartikeya and ganesha are also popular deities here.Kartikeya is also called skanda, murugan and subramanya. He is the god of war and the commander-in-chief of the army of the gods or devas. During the marriage celebration of his parents he leads the wedding procession in his chariot. Ganesha is also called vinayaka and is present is all the important temples as the god of good fortune. So in madurai shiva is not the ascetic mountain living wanderer, smeared in ashes and with matted hair.
Here he is a benevolent householder with a family, clad in jewels and silks. He is the consort of the queen because in madurai it is meenakshi who still rules the land and has a special place in the heart of the people.
Here, in sculpture and paintings, the divine family is depicted as of sundareswarar, meenakshi, skanda and vinayaka. The meenakshi temple is dedicated to both the god and goddess and each has a separate shrine called the amman and swamy koyils.
Warrior-princess, queen and goddess, meenakshi has welcomed millions of pilgrims to her shrine through the centuries and she is always worshipped first. To her devotees she is simply amman, the mother and they come believing she is the most generous of all the deities and that if you ask with faith and a clear heart she will answer their prayers.This item is made of brass.