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Aayiram Kaal Mandapam

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Address: Inside Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai, India

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This attraction is near to the East tower of Sree Meenakshi Amman temple and it lies within the temple premises. The mandap comes on the right side after entering the East tower... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Chennai (Madras), India

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Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This attraction is near to the East tower of Sree Meenakshi Amman temple and it lies within the temple premises. The mandap comes on the right side after entering the East tower and before entering the shrine of God Shiva. At the time of visiting the place on 23/4/2017, the mandap was found to be poorly kept. However, it house... More 

Thank Mohan2013
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a must to visit this Aayiram Kaal Mandapam,(1000 pillars Mandapam) located inside the Meenakshi Amman Temple at Madurai. This big hall houses 1000 pillars, which was built during 1569 A.D. Ancient articles have been displayed around the mandapam. The carvings and statues on each of the pillars are unique. Its amazing to see such intricate carvings and statues.... More 

Thank twinkle906
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are several sculptural pieces on display. The hall itself is interesting. The renovations have not added much value. A visit is recommended

Thank gopi p
Portimao, Portugal
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Reviewed 1 week ago

In size and interest it is one of the most amazing temples I saw in India. Be prepared to spend some time. Photographs with a msart phone are permitted if you do it " quietly" so to speak but no handbags, shoes etc. are allowed.Luckily I had a driver who looked after my belongings.

Thank Barbara A
Bradford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Make sure you find this when you visit the temple. I missed it first time. A good place to DOA spot of people watching.

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Madurai, India
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited second time with family. Wow..What a Architecture. But spoiled by useless idiots from Government by fixing Tiles on the Floor. Archaeological Department must take over the temple before these idiots destroy the beautiful Architecture.

Thank Saravanan2014
Pondicherry, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Aayiram Kaal Mandapam or rather a hall with thousand pillars is a feast to your eyes. Such a heritage marvel it is.

Thank N0mad76
Russellville, Alabama
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

If you love artistic carvings and have a sense of wonder this is the place to spend time in the temple. Not to be missed. The carvings in the round from single slabs of granite are beautiful.

Thank Robert H
Madurai, India
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

It is located inside the great Meenakshi amman Temple premises. The architectural value of this Thousand pillar Mandir is unimaginable. A great place you should not miss to visit in your lifetime.

Thank pro1432002
Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

Also called the Temple of a Thousand Pillars and was built in the year 1579. The carvings and statues on each of the pillars are unique & intricate. It is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. There is also an excellent display model of the Meenakshi Amman temple which is not displayed to its best inside a glass cabinet.

Thank Biddy50

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