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Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple or Meenakshi Amman Temple or Tiru-alavai[1][2] (IAST mīnākṣi Amman Kovil) is a historic Hindu temple located in the south side of river Vaigai[3] in the temple city[4] of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. It is dedicated to Parvati who is known as Meenakshi and her consort, Shiva, named here as Sundareswarar (beautiful deity). The temple forms the heart and lifeline of the 2500 year old city[5] of Madurai