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Address: Inside Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai, India
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The 1000 Pillars

This is well worth a visit. We were able to see the pillars after visiting the temple. Impressive. Quite a challenge to photograph.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
David B
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place is a marvel of Indian architecture and it should have been maintained as such. It has a museum of sorts inside but it is kept very shabbily. Cobwebs hang from every corner, some are even inside the exhibits. The floor has a layer of dust on it. I wish the authorities weren't so callous about preserving our heritage.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is well worth a visit. We were able to see the pillars after visiting the temple. Impressive. Quite a challenge to photograph.

Thank David B
Bangalore, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Aayiram Kaal mandapam is an optional location inside the Madurai Meenakshi temple which can be accessed by paying Rs.5 per person. The name means thousand legged mandapam (legged is for columns). The place is not very well maintained with dust collecting in many places but showcases many artifacts from Madurai's past. There is a huge statue of Meenakshi and... More 

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the famous hall of a thousand pillars inside the Meenakshi Temple complex. There is an entry ticket of INR 50. As the name suggests there are a thousand pillars. But they aren't ordinary pillars, they are all sculpted and decorated with motifs and figurines. There are many statues. However, the description or labels need to be improved.

Thank bishwaksen
Gurgaon, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They charge 50 Rs and poor maintenance with no description of the sautes. It would be hard for someone who would like to know what is this place about. You do get a guide (ticket collector/wacthman) but again he charges around Rs.100 to 50 which does not go to the temple

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Navi Mumbai, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Worth the entry price just to see the hall but the statues are also stunning. Quieter than the rest of the temple

Thank JDJ4
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

This temple is worth seeing atleast once with a guide. There is soo much history involved that without guide it would be difficult.

Thank BhupeKhandelwal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

After a devotional time spent in meenakshi temple and morning Darshana of Siva..this thousand pillar mandapam is maintained so nicely. You can see lots of sculptures of God and goddesses and historical figures. Please keep at least half an hour to watch this place

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Inside meenakshi temple, there is 1000 pillar museum , most of the people visiting the temple miss this museum, beacuse of lack of time or promotion. but one must visit the museum and have a look of wonderful architecture and one should miss the musical pillar made of stones.

Thank 556sanjiv
Madurai, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

In this big temple, one of the biggest enjoyable artistic look is thousand Pillars hall [Aayiram Kaal Mandapam in Tamil language] and every one must see the artistic works of Tamil people on those days. How they constructed and How many days they took to complete the projects are praise worthy. It is worth for our eyes to enjoy. Please... More 

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