Day 4: Thirumalai Nayakar palace
It was a working day so after my college got over I started from there to the Thirumalai Naicker Mahal around 3 pm.
The Thirumalai Naicker palace in Madurai was constructed by the King Thirumalai Naicker in the year 1636 AD.It is said that the palace was designed by an Italian architect.Originally this palace was in two segments, Swargavilasa and Rangavilasa. Swargavilasa alone has survived. In this portion dharbar hall and Natakasala remains in full shape. It is believed that one portion of this palace was demolished by Chokanantha Naicker, the grandson of Thirumalai Naicker inorder to carry the materials to Trichy for erecting a palace there.In 1858 Lord Napier the then Governor of Madras took steps to restore the palace. Only one-fourth of the original palace remains at present.This is the only ancient palace with beauty and extravagance among all the ancient palaces in South India.
I am going to share with you the pictures of the Swargavilasa.
The swargavilasa has two parts – The darbar hall and Natakasala
This is the other part of the Swargavilasa- Natakasala.
This spacious hall was called Natakasala or the dancing hall.It was from here the King used to watch the dance performances of the beautiful damsels.It is said that there used to be a garden of repose called Rangavilasa. In the northeastern side of the palace there used to be a temple dedicated to the goddess Rajarajeshwari. These are no longer in existence.
Now the Natakasala functions as a museum.Here are some of the statues (from 10 AD to 13 AD)preserved in this museum.
These are the stone inscriptions in Tamil found and preserved here in the THEMATIC MUSEUM-EPIGRAPHY by the archaeology department.
I mentioned about a garden of repose in the Rangavilasa. I hope this ruined place was that Garden of repose.
This palace had survived the ruins caused by the grandson of the king but it is again ruined by certain stupid people who write such stupid things in this great and significant palace. It annoyed me so much.If they keep ruining this historically significant monument , our future generations will be knowing only about the idiocy of their predecessors. I place a request before you all, please educate the people about this. If you can’t spread the greatness that’s okay,but please don’t ruin the greatness.