Another hall situated to the east of Natakasala is said to
be the Pilliyarai, the King's bed room. His cot hung by long chains
from the hooks in the roof. A legendary story is usually told by the
people. In order to check the tight security arrangements made to the
palace, the King had anounced a challange that any one having guts to
enter into the palace in the night could do so. A courageous thief
(kallan) heard this announcement and taken as a challange to his skill.
One night entered into the palace, made a hole in the roof, swarmed down
and stole the Royal Jewels. Then the King promised a Jaghir to anyone
who would bring him the thief and the kallan gave himself up and claimed
the reward. The King gave him the promised Jaghir and then promptly had
him beheaded. Even today we can see an opening in the south-eastern
corner of the Natakasala, which is now closed with glass, through which
the above mentioned thief entered. But the real purpose for that opening
is not down.
We came to know from an ancient record, this splendid hall
was used as a theatre where the King accompanied by his Queens and
Guests, used to witness dances, in the evenings performed by beautiful
girls well versed in their art.