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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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  • Amazing and interesting thousand pillar mandapam, it has beautiful sculpture carved on each pillar elegantly . We were awestruck and feel that this itself should be added as a special item in the itin...  more »
  • Government should take care of such historical artefacts. Beautiful Nataraj Statue is very attractive. 
  • Thousand pillars was awesome for photography. Art, carvings were outstanding It also has collections of different kingdom. “A brilliant work with 1000 pillars built before 1000 years” 
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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