There are many interesting ancient structures in India which is big challenge "FOR THE" world to Reconstruct !!!
Location: Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Founded In: 17th century
Dedicated To: Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati
Meenakshi Amman Temple, this temple counts amongst the four most sacred abodes of Goddess Parvati in India. The second legend goes that Indra, the God of heaven, found Shiva's idol, in the form of the lingam, in Madurai and went on to build the Meenakshi Temple.
Even today, during festive processions, a model of Indra's vehicle accompanies the idol of the deity. The temple is known throughout the world for its breathtaking architecture and stands adorned with 12 magnificently sculptured and painted gopurams (towers). Though the temple has been mentioned in Tamil literature since antiquity, its present structure is believed to have been built in the early 17th century. The history as well as the time of construction of the original Meenakshi Amman Temple is not known.
It is said that the temple was pillaged by Malik Kafur, a Muslim invader, in the year 1310. Almost all the ancient features and elements of the temple were destroyed at that time. Arya Natha Mudaliyar, the Prime Minister of the first Nayak of Madurai, was the person responsible behind the reconstruction and restoration of the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple. The period of 1623 to 1659 saw valuable contribution being made to it by Thirumalai Nayak. He also got the Vasantha Mandapa constructed.
The sanctum of the temple is more than 3500 year old.