Goddess Meenakshi is also called Thadadakai. King Kulasekara Pandya of 12th Century built The Madurai Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple in an exquisite manner. the main Portions of the three-storeyed gopura of Sundareswarar Shrine at the entrance and the central portion of the Goddess Meenakshi Shrine are said to be the surviving structures of the temple built by The Poet King which the ancient text call him and credit with a poem Ambikai Malai.

The Goddes of this shrine will be depicted as the Observer that never blinks! Just as a fish doesn’t blink, so is she! Which in turn explains the central idea of the observer collapsing the wave potential.

The King is also credited with shrines of Nataraja and Surya at the Meenakshi Temple, Ayyanar in the east, Vinayagar in the south, Kariamalperumal in the west and Kali in the north of the temple town.

The temple went under destruction by Delhi armies in 13th century as the took away many priceless jewels and mounds of gold after wrecking the whole town of Madhurai.

The current temple structure was mostly renovated by the Vijayanagara Empire rebuilt the central buildings and reopened the temple with its ancient glory!  The Temple is widely known for its unique temple tank with Golden Lotus in the centre.

This temple also has the deities of Vishnu, Lakshmi, Flute Playing Krishna with Queen Rukmini, made this temple and the town as the “southern Mathura”. The Temple also holds the images of Brahma, Saraswati, and other ancient beings. The fresco paintings here depict various incidents from history. 

– Viswanath Venkat Dasari

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