Akilandeswari is one of the main forms of the Hindu goddess, Parvati. The famous abode of Akilandeswari is the temple of Thiruvanaikoil. Other important forms of Parvati are Meenakshi of Madurai, Kamakshi of Kanchipuram and Vishalakshi of Varanasi. The deity's name means: Supreme Goddess ("Eswari") - who rules ("Aand") - the Universe ("Akilam"). Hence, Akilandeswari. She is sometimes depicted riding on the back of a crocodile.