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Aayi Mandapam, Pondicherry

  • About the Place:

    Aayi Mandapam, a monument which is named after a lady courtesan, Aayi is situated at the center of Bharathi Park. It is also called as Park Monument. The monument was built during the reign of Napolean for the supply of water to the French city. There is a story behind the construction of this park monument. It is said that Vijayanagar king, Krishnadevraya was once traveling to meet Uyyakonda. On his way, he saw a mansion, which was well maintained. He thought of it as a temple and prostrate before it and offered his prayers. Actually, it was not a temple but house of a local devadasi. She decided to dismantle her house and construct a pond for the village.

    Location:

    It is situated at the center of the famous Bharathi park in White Town, Pondicherry.

    Best Time To Visit:

    It is advisable to visit here after the rains as it will be a major relief form the hot climate of the place.

    Timings

    It opens at 6 am in the morning and get closed by 9 pm in the night.

    Distance From the Pondicherry Bus Stand

    It takes just 11 minutes to cover the distance of 2.5 km between bus stand and Aayi Mandapam.