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Aayiram Kaal Mandapam

Inside Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai, India
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Ranked #3 of 26 Attractions in Madurai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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Madurai, India
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This place is within Meenakshi Amman Temple and is a terrific beauty. You have an entrance fee now and kudos to the team that well maintains this place. Photography enthusiasts its time to try out your skills here.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Very huge pillars (more than 400), great view and if you are good in photography, you get a better place for your trust. Museum, very badly maintained and noting to get impressed. ceilings are stunning and get the feeling of proud and appreciation. Timing is 9 to 5 only. but got wrong infm from local guide book saying opened till... More

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Architectural splendor inside the majestic temple. This place needs improvement in terms of maintaining and exhibiting the sculptures which are the treasures of our ancient India.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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52 attraction reviews
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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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Madurai
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5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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