Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, Madurai

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#5 of 14 in Historic Sites in Madurai
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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  • October 3, 2017
    It’s inside the meenakshi temple at Madurai. Don’t miss this place and spend time during your temple visit. Photography not allowed inside the temple.  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    It is located in meenarksh Temple in the famous Museum. I was filled with atmospheric images here I went to see. Saturation of the ceiling.
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  • September 15, 2017
    This is a hall which has a 1000 pillars with intricate carvings. It's inside the Meenakshi Amman temple and worth visiting.  more »

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