… a continuation post to Royal enclosure and Mahanavami dibba
19th June 2017
This 14th century Vjiyanagara Period Shiva temple is situated very close to the akka-thangaiyaru kundu. The temple is facing east and is much below the ground level and hence the same is called as under ground temple. The dilapidated temple has been renovated and restored in recent times. The temple has a large and wide dvitala gopura praveshadvara. The temple has many axial mandapas. The eastern part of the structure has a pillared seven-asiled mahamandapa with a tall and tapering dipa sthamba. To the north and south of the mandapas are the remnants of the corridor with pillars. The mahamandapa leads to three asiled ardha mandapathat leads to antarala and sanctum. The temple is also sandhara in nature. The Ambal temple is on the north west of the main temple. The Kalyana mandapa is on the south-west side with ornate in nature.
The inscriptions found in the temple records the name of the temple as Prasanna Virupaksha and king Krishnadevaraya made some donations to this temple on his coronation ceremony. On the stylistic grounds this temple is dated 14th century AD.
Rajagopuram and dipa sthamba view from the temple terrace
… to be continued Hazaara Ramachandra Temple
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---