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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.

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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.


See Also: 
Indian Temple Architecture
A gallery of South Indian Temple Vimanams