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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  • Like the rest of the Sri Meenakshi Temple is this colorful Gallery beautiful to see. Twaald also been here years ago and it seemed as if the colors were refreshed. Probably that is also so. In my recollection there when a kind of open sewer ran through the gallery. Which is now eliminated. But you smell it yet though. For me hear that a bit at Madurai and the temple.
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  • no visit to madurai is complete without visiting the magnificient meenakshi temple located at the heart of the city. An amazing piece of architecture with majestic towers. Thousand pillar hall within ...  more »
  • Great spiritual place to visit in Srirangam. The 1000 pillar mandapam is an amazing architectural design. It is a fine example of planned theatre like structure made of granite. The hall of 1000 pilla...  more »
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