This veritable Harihara kshetra houses several temples
built for every denomination of gods of not only Hindu
pantheon, but of all religions as well. And each shrine is
enshrining adorables not only of its own sect, but of others,
like Vaishnavate temples having niches for Saivate gods,
indicating thereby the exemplary tolerance teaching the value
of mutual help and peaceful co-existence. Here in the Meenakshi temple, there are icons of other sects also.
Ganapathy, although is
the son of Gouri and Shankar, he has his own distinct sect and Sampradaya
and a following which is no inferior to Saiva Sampradaya. There are many
images of Ganapathy of all sizes at very many places in the temple receiving
first worship. Mention must be made of atleast two, whose place and
significance are exceedingly recognised and prayers offered with great ardour
The first is the biggest Vinayakar that greets the eyes, the moment one
enters the temple through the southern entrance. It is facing south and by its
conspicuous huge size, it comes into view, first as one steps into the temple.
As it is in the corridor leading from Meenakshi temple to Sundareswarar
temple, he is worshipped invariably by one and all. Though the priest offers
timely worship, almost all burn camphor and pray to him soulfully.