New Delhi, Dec 17: World famous Madurai Meenakshi temple in South India’s Madurai city is now in the race for a slot in the Seven Wonders of World. The temple has been listed among 66 places in the list, which also includes Taj Mahal.
People across India are voting on-line, which has been organized by a Sweden based foundation the "World's New Seven Wonders Selection Committee" for the new list.
Meenakshi temple faces tough competition from the famous Taj Mahal in northern Agra city, which is revered as the monument to love.
The new search for the seven wonders has been initiated after most of the previous wonders disappeared from the face of the earth. Hundreds of people in Madurai and across Tamil Nadu state have already cast their votes.
"We are very proud of including Meenakshi Temple in the list of Seven Wonders of the World, it makes us happy and I have cast my vote in favour of it," said Shakti Murugan, a local resident.
Meenakshi temple is dedicated to Hindu God of destruction Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati or Meenakshi. The temple has so far secured 2,50,000 votes, which also includes votes from a few foreign countries and has moved up from its initial 26th place to 25.
The committee will shortlist 21 wonder-sites from among the long list of 66 in the first phase. Voting for the second phase continues until December 2005 and the final list will be unveiled on January 1, 2006.