An exhibition displaying the historical and cultural significance of ancient Madurai was inaugurated at the Tamukkam Grounds, as part of ‘Maamadurai Potruvom’ celebrations, here on Friday. Acclaimed visually impaired artist and writer Manohar Devadas inaugurated the exhibition which drew college students in droves.

Three dimensional models of Gandhi Memorial Museum, the four Veli streets of Madurai and the surroundings of Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple created by the architecture department students of Thiagarajar College of Engineering are on display.

The three-day exhibition also features the paintings of Thirumalai Naicker Mahal, the gopurams of Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple, Yanamalai, art works imitating sculptures from Puthu Mandapam, Meenakshi Thirukalyanam and the iconic Nataraja in dancing posture.

The Government Museum located within the Gandhi Memorial Museum has antique items such as ‘silambams’ from ancient times, palm scriptures, stone age weapons, antique vessels and microlithic tools.

There are about 50 photo-mounted panels depicting historical monuments, including Kovalan Pottal, Puthu Mandapam, St Mary’s Church, St George’s Church, Vilakuthoon, AV Bridge, American College, Yanamalai, Keelakuyilkudi, Thenparankundram, Kunnathur, among others.

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