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Thirumalai Palace

Updated on March 11, 2010
The massive central dome
The massive central dome
The central hall
The central hall
The mail dome from inside
The mail dome from inside
The rows of pillars
The rows of pillars
The central dome
The central dome
palace perspective
palace perspective
The rows of pillars
The rows of pillars
Decorated arch 1
Decorated arch 1
Decorated arch 2
Decorated arch 2
Decorated arch 3
Decorated arch 3
Stone horse
Stone horse
The pillar perspective 1
The pillar perspective 1
The pillar perspective 2
The pillar perspective 2
The pillar perspective in Black & white
The pillar perspective in Black & white
The pillar perspective 3
The pillar perspective 3
The massive pillar
The massive pillar
Arches & pillars
Arches & pillars
Royal!
Royal!
Keen eyes
Keen eyes
Riding the time
Riding the time

 

One of the most important tourist attraction in South India is the Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal or the Thirumalai Palace in Madurai in the state of Tamilnadu. It is a 17th century palace built by the Nayak King Thirumalai in 1636 AD .

The architecture of this imposing palace is a mixture of Dravidian, Rajasthani  & Muslim style, with a hint of European architecture, probably the last is due to the influence of the palace’s chief architect, who is believed to a European, probably an Iitalian.

The first thing that draws the imagination of the visitor is the array of huge pillars & the massive domes. There are 240 pillars, each 12 meters high. They are connected by arches with intricate decorations. The number of domes are about 15. The central dome  is supported by stone ribs, &  is so massive, that invariably all visitors gape in awe looking at it!

The throne room of the palace has a golden throne. The ceiling is painted with intricate designs.

After visiting the palace one can only wonder about the power of TIME, which can decimate even the most powerful kings.

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    • shabarigirish profile image

      shabarigirish 7 years ago

      Great photos Dr.Asis. Thanks for uploading wonderful pics of Thirumalai Palace.

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      loriamoore 7 years ago

      Gorgeous photos. I hope to visit India one day.

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      hafeezrm 7 years ago from Pakistan

      Nice pictures about a nice place. Thanks.

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