Minakshi Temple

Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Minakshi temple in Madurai (plan) is another large temple compound, like Ranganatha in Srirangam. In this rooftop view, surrounding gopuras watch over the temple's inner shrine, which is capped by a golden dome.

Measuring 254m by 238m, the temple was founded in Pandya times but completely rebuilt by the Nayakas. Most of the present structures date from the 17th - 18th centuries.