09/01/2014 08:28 am ET Updated Sep 04, 2014

India's Meenakshi Amman Temple Brings An Ancient Religion Alive In Brilliant Colors (Photos)

Photographs can hardly do justice to the Meenakshi Amman Temple, a Hindu temple in Madurai, India, dedicated to the goddess Parvati and her consort Shiva.

Originally a modest structure believed to have been discovered by the king of the gods, Indra, the temple underwent several large-scale renovations over the centuries to become the massive, colorful complex it is today.

The temple has five entrances and is 847 feet long and 792 feet wide with a sacred pond in the center where adherents believe Indra's Golden Lotus to have first bloomed.

Take a 360 degree tour of the site here and check out the temple in all its brilliance below:


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