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There are over 33,000 sculptures in the temple complex of Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai.

 

Architecture of the Temple The temple is built using Dravidian South Indian style of architecture, and is one of the most impressive temple structures in South India. Gopurams The temple has 12 lofty gopurams, out of which 4 major ones are placed facing the four directions. There are 4 inner gopurams that act as the entrances to the shrine. These gopurams are heavily carved, and is reconstructed and cleaned every 12 years.

 

Hall of Thousand Pillars The Hall of Thousand Pillars, or Aayiram Kaal Mandapam is a wonderful piece of architecture and is believed to be built out of a single rock. There are many ancient paintings inside the museum of this temple. This is the only part of the temple that is open to visitors and devotees of all beliefs. This is the largest hall in the temple, and has huge statues of Nataraja and Sivakami in the centre of the hall.

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