the origin of the temple dates back to the Kritayuga, only, a,
temple of modest size existed till seventh century. And it is only
in the twelth century during the reign of Sundarapandyan, its
eminence started mounting along with big towers rising to touch the
blue sky and culminated only in the Nayaka regime lasted' for nearly
200 years. Several philanthropists, particularly Nagarthar families,
along with the royalty contributed their mighty mite to making it a
temple of unparalleled reputation. The Midas touch of the Nayakas
transformed the entire temple complex into a sculptural museum
exhibit piece of non-pareil beauty exuding divinity from every inch
of this sanctum. The Madurai Meenakshi Tirukkovil says the priest is
the first and last word in - temple construction of the whole world.
Its dimensions and sculpture defy the description.