Thursday, August 23, 2018

Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal (Thirumalai Nayakar Palace), Madurai

Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal (Thirumalai Nayakar Palace), Madurai
Thirumalai Nayakar Palace or Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal is a 17th-century palace erected in 1636 AD by King Thirumalai Nayak, a king of Madurai's Nayaka dynasty who ruled Madurai from 1623–59, in the city of Madurai, India. The construction of the Mahal was estimated to have commenced at around at 1629 and completed at 1636. This Palace is a classic fusion of Dravidian, Muslim and Rajput styles. The building, which can be seen today, was the main Palace, in which the king lived. The original Palace Complex was four times bigger than the present structure.

In its heyday, Tirumalai Nayak Palace at Madurai was considered to be one of the wonders of the South. This monument stands testimony to the glorious years of the Nayak regime. While no record exists, he says that the King was said to have utilized the services of an Italian architect to design the Mahal. While the palace's arches and domes were inspired from Indo-Saracenic Architecture, the massive pillar columns reflect the Gothic (German) style. The Tamil Nadu Archaeological Department is maintaining the palace complex.

The Nayaks of Madurai ruled this former Kingdom from 1545 till 1740’s and Thirumalai Nayak (1623-1659) was one of their greatest kings that line notable for various buildings in and around Madurai. During the 17th centuries the Madurai Kingdom had Portuguese, Dutch and other Europeans as traders, missionaries and visiting travelers. Thirumalai Nayak is believed to have recruited the services of an Italian architect, for the construction of his Palace. The construction of the Mahal was estimated to have commenced at around at 1629 and completed at 1636.

King Thirumalai Nayak’s grandson, Chokkanatha Nayak had demolished much of the fine structure and removed most of the jewels and wooden carvings in order to build his own palace in Tiruchirappalli. However, Lord Napier, the Governor of Madras, had partially restored the palace in 1866-72. Today, only the spacious rectangular courtyard called the Swarga Vilasam and a few adjoining buildings survive, their awesome scale evoking the grandeur of a vanished era.

For brief details, please refer below link;
Palace Opening Time
This palace is open for the visitors from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm for general visit. Lunch Break is from 1.00 pm to 1.30 pm.
Sound & Light Show Timings: 6.45 PM to 7.35 PM in English & 8.00 PM to 8.50 PM in Tamil.
Fees Structure
Entrance Fee: Rs.1/-
Camera Fee: Rs.50;
Tickets for the Sound & Light show: Adults Rs.10/ & Children Rs.5/-
The Palace is located at about 750 meters from Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, 1 Km from Madurai Koodal Azhagar Temple, 1.5 Kms from Madurai Periyar Bus Stand, 2 Kms from Madurai Railway Station, 6 Kms from Madurai Mattuthavani Integrated Bus Terminus, 6 Kms from Vandiyur, 9 Kms from Thiruparankundram and 10 Kms from Madurai Airport. Bus Routes – 11,11A,17 & 38 from Periyar Bus-stand. Madurai being a popular tourist center is well connected by railways and has daily flights to Colombo (Sri Lanka)Mumbai Bangalore and Chennai.


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Radha Prasad said...

Thirumalai Nayak Palace was built in 17th century by the then ruler Thirumalai Nayak who had an important role in the construction of the popular Meenakshi Temple.
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