- Location: Madurai, India
Again, sometimes the beauty of Temples cannot be overlooked. The Meenakshi Temple (aka the Madurai Meenakshi Sundareswarer Temple) is certainly no exception to this rule. To be fair, it already had a leg up by being created in India as there is no shortage of impressive buildings there. This Hindu Temple is dedicated, of course, to the Goddess Meenakshi (a form of Parvati) as well as her consort Sundareshwarar (a form of Shiva). This temple happens to be at the very center of the ancient temple city of Madurai. It was built on the orders of the Pandayan Emperor Sasayavarman Kulasekaran I between 1190 to 1205 CE. The temple takes a lot of design choices from Ancient Hindu text, making what was written into a true reality.