Meenakshi Temple located in the heart of the city of Madurai is the oldest scared place, dedicated to the lord of Shiv. It has long been the main attraction of the tourists from different corners of the world. It is in the southern area of this city which is known here as Sundareshvara and his consort Parvati or Meenakshi. Not only this, this astoundingly beautiful temple comes amongst the Seven Wonders of the World, widely renowned for its extra-ordinary art piece on the walls and pillars of this temple.
Kulasekara Pandya was built this enormous original temple that left a majestic imprint of their rule of Nayaks. Madurai was under the rule of nayak in between 16th to the 18th century. According to the mythology, this place is a birthplace of Goddess paravati and lord Shiva came to Madurai to marry her. However, it has long been famous as the most wonderful city in the world.
This temple is enclosed with high walls, at the centre of it; the two sanctums for meenakshi and Sundareshwara are established. These two sanctums are encircled by various smaller shrines and grand pillared halls.
Especially imposing sites are the 12 gopuras. Their high towers rise from solid granite bases, still it stands with a great support. Dotted with stucco multi-coloured pictures of dieties, mythical animals and monsters painted gives tourist a distinct appeal.