Through a side door, my feet leave the burning pavement to enter a world dedicated mainly to the goddess Meenakshi, consort of Sundareshwarar or Shiva. As in a Catholic church, where apart from the altar with a crucified Jesus there are images of the apostles and saints, here there is more than one area to pray to the many divinities, whose importance is related to the size of the space dedicated to them . The faithful can acquire flowers, candles or bananas inside the temple as offerings, as well as religious images to worship in the privacy of their homes.
If in a previous text I commented that outside the temple you will meet many people interested in climbing a terrace, inside what is offered is a guided tour. Always negotiate the price in advance, confirm the duration of the tour and what is included and ask whenever you are shown the official card that those who are duly authorized. On more than one occasion, what they teach you is the Indian equivalent of your ID, and no, it is not the same.