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Aayiram Kaal Mandapam

Inside Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai, India
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Ranked #3 of 27 attractions in Madurai
Type: Religious Sites
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Madurai
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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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Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

The Thousand Pillars, known in Tamil as 'AAYIRAM KAAL' Mandapam, situated in the premises of Sri Meenakshi Amman Kovil, is a delight to watch. It is amazing. I tried to count the pillars but some how, I could not. Nevertheless, the Architectural values are very high, and till today, they are in tact. There is nothing like a dislike in... More

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Bangalore, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Aayiram (Thousand) Kaal ( Pillar) Mandapam is within the Madurai Meenakshi temple. There is an entrance fee of Rs.5 and an additional fee for the Mobile Camera ( Cameras are not allowed within the temple). The mandapam actually has less than 1000 pillars. As you enter the Mandapam, you can see the sculptures on the pillars and the middle corridor... More

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Hyderabad
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Called as Thousand Pillar Hall ( Aayiram - 1000 in Tamil ) built around 500-800 years before. One can see the Engineering Marvel of Carving Sculptures in the Pillars. The Pillars are arranged that from every angle they appear to be in a straight line. The 'chakram' (wheel of time) engraved on the ceiling denoting the 60 Tamil years is... More

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