Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam



The Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam is a man-made temple pond complex located in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. Here’s a glimpse of this sight-seeing place:

Image of Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam, Madurai

Here’s what makes the Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam a sight-seeing place:

  • Religious Significance: Built in 1645 AD during the rule of Thirumalai Nayak, the Teppakulam is associated with the Vandiyur Mariamman Temple. It’s a popular spot for devotees, especially during the annual float festival held in January/February.

    Image of Vandiyur Mariamman Temple, Madurai
  • Architectural Marvel: This large temple tank is spread over an area of almost 16 acres and is considered one of the largest temple tanks not only in Tamil Nadu but in South India.

  • Historical Significance: The tank receives its water from the River Vaigai and is surrounded by granite steps on all four sides. In the middle of the tank, there’s a Vigneshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha.

While not exactly a sight within the complex itself, here’s a place you can club with your visit to the Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam:

  • Gandhi Memorial Museum: Located around 3.2 km from the Teppakulam, this museum houses a collection of artifacts related to Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Indian independence movement.
    Image of Gandhi Memorial Museum, Madurai

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here are more places you can visit near the Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam in Madurai:

  • Meenakshi Amman Temple: This iconic landmark is a must-visit in Madurai and is about 4 km from the Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam. It’s a sprawling temple complex dedicated to Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. The temple is famous for its intricate carvings, colorful gopurams (gateway towers), and the Hall of Thousand Pillars.

    Image of Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai
  • Thirumalai Nayak Mahal: This magnificent palace was built by King Thirumalai Nayak in the 17th century and is about 2.5 km from the Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam. The palace is known for its Indo-Islamic architecture and its grand halls, including the मीनाक्षी (Mīnākṣi) Hall with 124 pillars.

    Image of Thirumalai Nayak Mahal, Madurai
  • Aayiram Kaal Mandapam: This hall with a thousand pillars (Aayiram Kaal translates to Thousand Pillars) is located opposite the eastern entrance of the Meenakshi Amman Temple, about 4.3 km from the Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam. It was built by the Nayaka Dynasty rulers and is known for its intricate pillars and sculptures.

    Image of Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, Madurai
  • Samanar Hills: These hills are located about 8 km from the Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam and offer panoramic views of the city. There are Jain caves and temples from the 9th century located on the hills.

    Image of Samanar Hills, Madurai

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