Thirumalai Naick Palace-Archaeological Museum- Sound and light show
The state department of Archaeology after taking over as a monument has spent lakhs of rupees and removated the pillars of the palace. In the Natakasala an archaeological museum has been set up by the department. Stone sculptures collected from the various parts of the Pandya country formed part of the museum. Sculptures from 9 to 16 C.A.D. of various sects, religions, were arranged neatly. Pre historic antiquities like stone age tools, megalithic potteries, burial urns, iron objects are also to be worth mentioned in the museum. Some replica of paintings of chola, pallava, vijaya nagara period also can be seen here.
A permanent special exhibition depicting various features of the history of Thirumalai Naick is arranged with photographs. Sculptures of Thirumalai Naick, his wives, his contribution to temple architecture and temple jewellary are all explained in the form of photographs. It is a worth seeing place for the people interested in Indian art and culture.
SOUND AND LIGHT SHOW
Sound and light show the only one of its kind in South India, really is a boon to Madurai city. This show was established during 1981 when the fifth world tamil conference was conducted. The programme was engineered by the then Chief Minister of Tamilnadu Mr.M.G.Ramachandran.
The show begins with the reverbrating tribute to the King Thirumalai Naick. It deals with the important events which took place in the life of the King. His victories over the enemies, his love on art, his deep sense of devotion to Goddess Meenakshi are narrated interestingly. The court scene in which Kannagi, the heroine of Silapathikaram challanged the Pandya King Nedunchezhian, is an interesting episode of the show. This is an interesting show that one should not miss.
Daily two shows are conducted one in English and another in Tamil for one hour.
English show : 6:30pm
Tamil show : 8:00pm
Ticket - English Show
Adult - Rs.50/-
Children (age between 5-12)- Rs.25/-
Ticket - Tamil Show
Adult - Rs.25/-
Children (age between 5-12)- Rs.10/-
Student - Rs.10/-
Palace Entrance Fee
Adult - Rs.10/-
Children - Rs.5/-
Foreign Adult - Rs.50/-
Foreign Children - Rs.25/-
Still Camera - Rs.30/-
Video Camera - Rs.100/-