Meenakshi Temple is located in Madurai in Tamil Nadu and stands tall on the banks of the Vaigai River. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and is a masterpiece of Dravidian architecture. The original temple was built by Kulasekara Pandya, but the credit for making it look like what it is today goes to the Nayaks who ruled Madurai from the 16th to the 18th century. The temple complex is within a high-walled enclosure, at the core of which are the two sanctums surrounded by smaller shrines, grand halls and 12 beautiful gopurams covered with colourful figures of dieties and mythical animals. It is one of the tallest temples in the world.