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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. Plan to see Aayiram Kaal Mandapam and other attractions that appeal to you using our Madurai tour planner.
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  • Even if you've seen the ride inside of the temple with the painted ceilings and columns, it impresses this stay by your Center width and sculptures that make up the pillars
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  • Must see place. Architectural wonder. At-least visit once in your lifetime. It reminds us of How great builders we were once ! Don't just rush after seeing the goddess, spend some quality time here ex...  more »
  • One of the oldest and historic places in this city of Madurai, This aiyiram kaal mandapam as the name itself tells is a big mandapam of one thousand pillars built by the kings of the ancient times. An...  more »
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  • Very nice temple.
  • This 1000 plliar mandam blessed every year on the auspicious day of vaikunda ekadasi. Lord Ranganatha samy gave darshan to the devotees at this mandapam on that day
  • Serene calm place for offering prayers
  • Great spiritual place to visit
  • Excellent architecture n historic