The city of Madurai is synonymous with the Meenakshi Sundareshwarar Temple, which was originally built by Kulasekara Pandya. However, the entire credit for making the temple as splendid as it is today goes to the Nayaks who ruled Madurai from the 16th to 18th century. It is a twin temple, one of which is dedicated to Meenakshi ( Parvathi ) and the other to Lord Sundareshwarar ( Siva ).
Twelve Gopurams (Towers) grace the temple which is rectangular in shape. Of these the Southern Gopuram is the tallest (49 m) and the only one that may be climbed.
This temple is one of the best examples of Dravidian architecture and sculpture. The Hall of a Thousand Pillars is a museum of icons, photographs and illustrations. Apart from being a sacred spot for the Hindus, the Meenakshi Temple is one of India’s most important tourist landmarks.