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Aayiram Kaal Mandapam

Inside Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai, India
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Ranked #3 of 25 attractions in Madurai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Majestic Temple that the temple town is famous for. The Aayiram kaal Mandapam which means a hall of 1000 pillars is a treat to watch. Not suprising why the people of madurai call it as a Wonder. Yes its a wonder that has a very beautiful architecture PRIDE of madurai

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

this aayiram kall mandabam is well maintained by the meenakshi amman temple. here they kept display many statuchus from various parts of south tamilnadu. they displayed old coins also

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Called the room of 1000 pillars, but apparently with not quite that number. Very impressive collection of ancient statues. Photography permitted with mobile camera only (in any event no proper cameras are allowed within the Meenakshi Temple).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Situated inside the Meenakshi Amman Temple, the "Aayiram Kaal Mandapam" (1000 pillars hall) is actually narrowly short of 1000 pillars. But they rounded of the numbers and call it as 1000 pillars hall. The carvings and statues on each of the pillars are unique and fabulous. Its amazing that such intricate carvings and statues were done hundreds of years back.... More

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Bangalore, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

As the title says - it is a great attempt at collecting and displaying some exceptional sculptures and paintings and wood work all for only Rs 5 entry ticket. But it was so heartbreaking to see the way people have vandalised the place. Some have shoved papers and visiting cards inside glass cases that hold centuries old precious sculptures. Absolutely... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

You need about 30 mins of the 2-3 hours inside the main temple to wander round here. 984 columns inside and 16 outside due to a miscalculation make up the 1000. Checkout the foreign influences in the many statues. Shame that exhibits look so shabby, just look at the dusty, rotting model of the complex.

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Watford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

This is a place for art lovers having full of sculptures made of stone carving strtagically located in one thousand pillar mandap(hall)

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Mumbai Indian
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

it is amazing to see many pillars in one place...the place is maintained quite clean. the enterance fee is very very nominal...these are the positives. Too few exhibits...no theme for the exhibits. Some of the exhibits are not maintained properly...dust on/near them In some of the paintings the visitors have scribbled a lot...no security at all

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Pune, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

The hall contains almost 1000 pillars and also a good collection of some god idols.. The entrance fee is 5 Rs for Indians to go inside the mandapam... There is a Nataraja statue in the middle of the mandapam and its really huge and beautiful... IT wont take more than an hour to see the entire place, but it being... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

I think this hall was renovated recently and the lighting work was re-done. The result its the experience inside the mandapam is simply awesome, you have marble flooring which reflects the light and lighting itself is beautiful. Statue of Natrajar is majestic and beautiful with grace. The museum within the mandapam has some really nice carved brass statues, which are... More

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