Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, Madurai

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Run a gauntlet between countless giant stone pillars and marvel at their elaborately carvings at Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, a great hall belonging to the Meenakshi Amman Temple complex. With a total of 985 columns, this great hallway earned the title of the Hall of One Thousand Pillars. Built in 1579, this mandapa, or pillared outdoor hall, features exquisite columns with images of fantastic creatures, deities and demons from rich Indo-Chinese tradition, with each pillar displaying a unique unrepeated carving. Play some of the musical pillars and listen to some Carnatic music when you tap or hit them. To visit Aayiram Kaal Mandapam on your trip to Madurai, use our Madurai route builder site .
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  • If you are inside Meenakshi temple, you should visit this place. Its inside Meenakshi temple however you may need to pay a separate entrance fees for this one. If you are into architects, you will def...  more »
  • It's an attraction that's a part of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple. It houses a mini museum, and charges a nominal entrance fee The pillars of this hall are arranged in perfect symmetry Each and every...  more »
  • A thousand pillar building in legentary Tamil it is aayiram kaal mandapam It is built in pandian season It has a thousand pillars and some pillar has is very big in radius and when we tik that pillars...  more »

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