Sri Meenakshi Temple
Also known as the Meenakshi Amman Temple, the Sri Meenakshi Temple is a historic Hindu temple located in the holy city of Madurai, India. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva (in the form of Sundareswarar or “Beautiful Lord”) and his consort, Goddess Parvati (in the form of Minakshi). The complex houses 12 magnificent gopurams or towers that are elaborately sculpted and painted for the representation of these two gods, as well as quite a few others.
The temple that forms the heart and lifeline of the 2500 year old city of Madurai Temple has a stunning architecture and a significant testimony for Vishwakarma Brahmins for their master architecture in sculpting this temple. It was a forerunner in the election for the modern “Seven Wonders of the World” for its architectural importance. The temple is a significant symbol for the Tamil people, and has been seen in ancient Tamil literature ever since, though the present structure is believed to have been built only recently in the early 17th century.