Thirumalai Nayak Palace

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.

Statue of the king Thirumalai Naicker
Statue of the king Thirumalai Naicker

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I am going to share with you the pictures of the Swargavilasa.

Entering the palace
Entering the palace

 

Pillars
Pillars

The swargavilasa has two parts – The darbar hall and Natakasala

 

Entrance of the Darbar hall
Entrance of the Darbar hall

 

Mesmerizing columns of pillars with a wonderful ceiling
Mesmerizing columns of pillars with a wonderful ceiling

 

Huge pillars
Huge pillars.

 

Darbar hall - Complete view
Darbar hall – Complete view

 

Breath taking artistic ceiling
Breath taking artistic ceiling  – Darbar hall

 

Intricate desings on the ceiling
Intricate designs on the ceiling

 

Another wonderful part of the Darbar hall
Another wonderful part of the Darbar hall

 

The throne of the King in The Darbar hall
The throne of the King in The Darbar hall

 

Intricate Floral patterns in the ceiling
Intricate Floral patterns in the ceiling.Its colour adds to the beauty of the ceiling.

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.

The entrance of Natakasala
The entrance of Natakasala

 

Coloured glass windows
Coloured glass windows- Natakasala

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.

Ten pillars - remaining of the Rangavilasam.
Ten pillars – remaining of the Rangavilasam.

I mentioned about a garden of repose in the Rangavilasa. I hope this ruined place was that Garden of repose.

 Stone bed used to relax after bathing.
Stone bed used to relax after bathing.

 

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A water tank for bathing

 

Idiocy of the people
Idiocy of the people

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.

Thank you.

 

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8 thoughts on “Thirumalai Nayak Palace

  1. A beautiful palace.the photographs were so beautiful.. I really want to visit this palace.good work thank you for sharing such wonderful informations about your city.

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