Mani Meda - the clock tower
The northern wing of the Poomukha Malika houses the mani meda or the clock tower. The large clock, estimated to be around 200 years old, is based on a classic ‘weights and pulley’ mechanism. The functioning of the clock is regulated by a heavy pendulum.
According to oral tradition, a native blacksmith who managed to go abroad and learn the secrets of clock making from Spanish priests was the one who made the mani – the clock. However, this popular story is not backed by any historical records.
A thick circular band frames the face of the clock marked with Roman numerals. A projecting gable which protects the clock from natural elements is supported by two wooden pillars set on a balcony with fine filigree work. In the olden days, it is said that the chime of the mani used to be heard as far as three kilometres.