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Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, Madurai

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
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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  • There is a way things are done in Madurai. It is a blend of human potential and spiritual inspiration. The camera and the soul like the result. Do take your camera along which is free.  more »
  • If you are interested in sculptures, art, architecture, it is a place to visit, one could feel the precesion, and the life which was brought in is a great, you need to spend time to visit each and eve...  more »
  • You can visit the place with a Rs.5 ticket. The place is also called as Temple Muesium. Maintenance of old items was poor and dusty. Informations about the items displayed in front intended for Tamili...  more »

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