The Meenakshi Amman deity is carved out of a green stone. Some also say it is made up of emerald, hence Meenakshi is also called “Maragathambal” or “Maragathavalli”. Maragatham is the Tamil word for emerald. The distinctive feature of the statue is its eyes. The eyes are big, beautiful and mysterious and Meenakhi is indeed a very apt name(Meen=Fish & Eyes= Aksi). Just like a fish nourishes her siblings thru her mercy laden glance,similarly Meenakshi Amman also nourishes all her devotees with her merciful glance.