On the walls of the southern corridor there are marble slabswith
inscriptions of Tirukkural on them. The sacred Unjal Mandapam lies to the west of the golden tank.
On Fridays the gold images of Meenakshi and Sundareswar are brought here and worshipped.
In the balcony of the western side, there are figures of Queen Mangamma and her Minister
Ramappan. Adjacent to this is the Kilikothu Mandapam, where the parrots are
kept. The pillars are adorned with the well chiseled figures of Panchapandavas, Vali,
Sugriva, Droupadi The mural paintings on the walls and ceiling are worth seeing.
They enter now the much hallowed
Mother Meenakshi's abode. At the entrance stands the three-storied tower and in the
outer prakaram there are huge images of sentinels, Tirumala Nayakar etc. Thiruppugal
stanzas are inscribed on the walls of the Koodal Kumarar shrine. The Mother's Karuvarai lies to the west
and the life-size image in standing posture adorned with dazzling jewels enthrals the viewers.
The stone-cutter's artistry is a standing tribute to the sculptural art and an invaluable
gift to the idolaters.
The charms of the fish-eyed goddess
are so captivating that the viewers rivet their gaze on her long.
Leaving the mandir, they walk towards the Sundareswarar Mandir. On their way the image of
Mukkuruni Vinayakar arrest their attention with his unusual proportions. It is eight feet in height
and pleasant to look at. According to temple history it was fuund by Thirurnaia Nayakar, while digging
the Vandiyoor Teppakulam In the outer prakaram they are many mini-shrines enshrining the images
of adorable personages.