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The Meenakshi Collection

The story of the Warrior Goddess

Everyone knows of the warrior Goddess Meenakshi, an avatar of the Goddess Parvati. Her strong association with the Tamilan city of Madurai is due to the mythology related to her roots. The Meenakshi Amman Temple is dedicated to her. The temple is a magnificent structure located in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. The temple is a grand structure filled with carvings of Goddess Meenakshi’s life and intricate gopurams.

Meenakshi’s name is derived from the Tamil language: ‘meena’ meaning fish and ‘akshi’ meaning eyes. Goddess Meenakshi is an inspiration to many women due to her strength and excellency in all aspects of life. Despite having many suitors, she ascended to the Madurai throne on her own right as none of them were able to defeat her in combat. Meenakshi found her worthy match in Sundereswara, an avatar of Lord Shiva. Meenakshi and Sundereswara got married in Madurai, the city that worships their queen and goddess even today.

The Meenakshi Temple of Madurai

Located in the heart of Madurai city, the Meenakshi-Sundereswara temple is a culturally rich structure. Most of the present day temple was built by the Vijayanagara Empire rulers after the armies of the Delhi Sultanate plundered in temple along with several other temples in South India in the 14th century. With 14 gopurams (gateway towers) and numerous pillared halls and mandapams, the temple is also dedicated to Hindu deities and Shaivism scholars. With the Thousand Pillar Hall, the magnificent temple is a prime example of Dravidian architecture, with a reservoir for ritual bathing, many pillared halls and tall gateway towers. The carvings and paintings of deities and the complex yet grandeur-filled temple architecture is overwhelming and fills a pilgrim and sightseer with awe.

 

The Meenakshi Collection

Inspired by the paintings on the ceiling of the great Meenakshi temple and the intricate detailing of the famous temples of India, Kalanjali has brought out the Meenakshi Collection. The exclusive festive collection pays homage to the intricately made temple structures and also to the Goddess Meenakshi. The motifs and designs showcase the temple art, the paintings, the carvings, that have been prevalent in our culture ever since.

Taking inspiration from the ethereal architecture of the Meenakshi temple, the collection offers gorgeous kurtis, short tops, dress sets and kurtas. The collection also offers lehengas for young girls, as it is a special Mother- Daughter collection. Bright, festive colours like blue, yellow, orange, red, blue and even shades of gold have been chosen for creating these various pieces of clothing. Elaborate motifs like that of the gopuram, the Gaja Mandir, and designs inspired by paintings on the ceilings of the temple have been printed onto muslin and chanderi fabrics. The men's kurtas have been made using cotton and woven fabrics

The Meenakshi collection is perfect for the festive season, giving you contemporary yet traditional looks with just the right amount of style. Above all, the collection hopes to bring out the goddess, as a ethereal as goddess Meenakshi.

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