Shiv Bhakti in Bharat seems to be eternal; one of the oldest temples dedicated to Bhagwan Shiva is that of Meenakshi. There are two Garbhagriha (sanctum sanctorum) to the temple. It is believed that Bhagwan Shiva assumed the form of Sundareswarar (the handsome God) and married Parvati (Meenakshi) at the site where the temple is currently located. However, the original temple was destroyed and it was rebuilt and renovated many times. The original garbhagriha was protected and as a contribution or donation the rulers added a part to it and thus concentric enclosures were created. Thus, making the temple as one of the largest complexes spread over almost 14 acres of land.
The enclosing compound wall has large decorated entrance gates called Gopurams. Gopuram is the iconic feature of the Dravidian Style of temple architecture. The temple has a total of 14 towering gateways more than fifteen stories tall, the tallest one rises to approximately 170 feet.
Each Gopuram is covered with many sculptures of Gods, Goddesses, and demons. There is typicality and an order in placing these sculptures on Gopuram. All these sculptures are painted in vibrant colours. These are repainted every 12 years. The height of these gopurams are in ascending order from inner to outer concentric enclosure.
Vibrancy of colours in these gopurams and also in the interiors of the Mandapas probably depicts the reflection of the vibrant natural atmosphere of the region due to bright sunlight. To be colourful is the choice of the masses in entire India,
particularly so in Southern parts of India.