... A Continuation post to Malayavantha Sri Raghunathaswamy Temple
19th June 2017.
This 16th century AD Pattabhirama temple is in Varadharammanapattana, about a km from Kamalapura village on the way to Hampi Power House Camp ( HPC). The temple was supposed to be built by Timmaraja during the period of Achutharaya in 1540 AD
The temple is facing east is one of the largest temples built in an area of 163.70 x 93 meters. The temple has two Rajagopurams on east and south. The east Rajagopuram is of 5 tiers.
The temple is known for its large ornate pillared Saba mandapas with three entrances, Mahamandapa ( supported by 58 ornate pillars ) Kalyanamandapa and courtyard with a temple tank in front The Pillars has the reliefs of avathars of Vishnu, rishis, common men, etc,. Dwarabalakas are there at the entrance of sanctum. The sanctum sanctorum consists of sanctum, Antarala, Arthamandapa and Mahamandapa. Thayar sannadhi is built like a separate temple with sanctum, Antarala, arthamandapa and mahamandapam on the right side of the main temple facing east. The vimanam is of 2 tiers built with bricks.
The temple is under renovation by ASI.
Eastern side 5 tier rajagopuram
Bairava, A Shiva’s relief too in a Vishnu temple pillar
A beautiful view indeed…
... to be continued Saraswat Temple
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---