Day 8: Depart Rameshwaram - Madhurai
Early morning proceed to visit MeenakshiSundareswara Temple- The enormous temple
complex is dedicated to Shiva, known here as Sundareshwara and his consort Parvati or Meenakshi. The original temple was built by KulasekaraPandya, but the entire credit for making the temple as splendid as it is today goes to the Nayaks. The Nayaks ruled Madurai from the 16th to the 18th century and left a majestic imprint of their rule in the Meenakshi - Sundareswarar Temple. The temple complex is within a high-walled enclosure, at the core of which are the two sanctums for Meenakshi and Sundareshwara, surrounded by a number of smaller shrines and grand pillared halls. Especially impressi are the 12 gopuras. Their soaring towers rise from solid granite bases, and are covered with stucco figures of dieties, mythical animals and monsters painted in vivid colours.