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The temple covers an
area of about 2 acres. The Sampangi pradakshinam is the outer
circumambulatory path, while the inner paths are called Vimana Pradakshinam and
the Mukkoti Pradakshinam respectively.
The Kalyana Mandapam
is located in the Vimana Pradakshinam and it dates back to the 16th century. This
mandapam has several features reflecting the brilliance of the Vijayanagar
architecture style. There are several carved figures on the granite pillars. Musical
pillars are also found in this mandapam. Shrines to Yoga Narasimha and Ramanuja
are found in this pradakshinam.
In front of the sanctum
is the Tirumani Mandapam, a hall with a door of gold. The Mukkoti
Pradakshinam or the innermost circumambulatory path is opened only on the Vaikunta
Ekadasi day each year.
The sanctum or the
Garba Griham which is just behind the Sayana Mandapam (Mukha Mandapam) is a 12 ft
square chamber housing the image of worship. The Sanctum is crowned with a golden Vimanam
or tower, the Ananda Nilaya Vimanam - or the abode of bliss. This three tiered
vimanam is about 38 feet high.
Indian Temple Architecture
A gallery of South Indian Temple Vimanams