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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. To visit Aayiram Kaal Mandapam on your trip to Madurai, use our Madurai route builder site.
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  • This is a museum inside the Meenakshi amman temple, entry for Indians are Rs 5 and foreigner is Rs 50, well worth to see the amazing carvings and historic artifacts. 
    This is a museum inside the Meenakshi amman temple, entry for Indians are Rs 5 and foreigner is Rs 50, well worth to see the amazing carvings and historic artifacts.  more »
  • This structure is located within the Madurai Meenakshi Temple. The stone with which its carved, the old wooden door which is close to 18 feet high/long, etc are worth seeing!!! 
    This structure is located within the Madurai Meenakshi Temple. The stone with which its carved, the old wooden door which is close to 18 feet high/long, etc are worth seeing!!!  more »
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  • The Hall of 1000 pillars (actually 953), an example of a planned theatre-like structure. Made of granite, it was constructed during the Vijayanagaraperiod (1336–1565). The great hall is traversed by one wide aisle in the center for the whole of its greater length, and intersected by transepts of like dimension running across at right angles. There still remain seven side aisles on each side, in which all the pillars are equally spaced out. One notable feature of the temple is the Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, or the "hallway with a thousand pillars". In the fifth enclosure of Srirangam temple, walk towards east side, and we come across a grill gate, we enter and step inside thousand pillar mandapam. In the centre of thousand pillar mandapam we see "Thiru mamani mandapam", wherein the God and Goddesses, Alwars and Acharyas are set out for the Adhyayana Utsavam and great annual festival of Vaikunta Ekadesi in December and January. Araiyar Sevai where the Alwar Paasurams are recited with expression, music and rhythm — is performed here. The Hall of 1000 pillars (actually 953) is a fine example of a planned theatre-like structure and opposite to it, "Sesha Mandap", with its intricacy in sculpture, is a delight. The 1000-pillared hall made of granite was constructed in the Vijayanagara period (1336-1565) on the site of the old temple. The pillars consists of sculptures of wildly rearing horses bearing riders on their backs and trampling with their hoofs upon the heads of rampant tigers, seem only natural and congruous among such weird surroundings.
  • Good place to visit during madurai trip. But it's little far away from Madurai. So taxi driver and travel agencies will try to get more money out of you. So make sure you travel by private vehicle. And don't sign the deal with taxi or travels for the whole madurai trip. You can get auto rickshaw and Ola everywhere in Madurai. It'll be much cheaper.

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