Meenakshi temple is one of the most famous temples of South India. It is built in the Dravidian style. The temple houses the wife of Lord Shiva, Meenakshi (fish-eyed). The temple is a double shrine, one dedicated to Meenakshi and the other to her consort, built inside a larger shrine.

The main temple is enclosed in a wall about 850 feet by 725 feet and at the centre of each wall is a Gopuram (pyramidical structure built over the gare.vay) which is a distinctive feature of Dravidian temple architecture.

The main entrance is by the eastern gateway which communicates with a fine pillared avenue 200 feet long and about 100 feet wide.

This leads directly to a smaller Gopuram, forming the eastern entrance to the second Prakarma, a rectangular enclosure of about 420 feet x 310 feet also having 4 gateways one in the middle of each side but all smaller than the preceding.


Most of this second enclosure is covered with a flat roof but is partially open on the northern side.

Further in, there is another covered court measuring 250 feet x 160 feet and with only one entrance, a doorway to the east. It was built in the 17th century A.D. and marks the final stage of the Dravidian style.