Pattabhirama Temple

Pattabhirama Temple

BRIEF HISTORY:This is a large temple and is simpler and less ornate. Though it contains two inscriptions of Achyuta Raya (A.D. 1530-42), its date is not clearly determinable. The various parts of the temple-complex are contained within a large rectangular enclosure (163.7 m x 93 m), The god’s sanctum with its axial mantapas is situated in the centre of the courtyard. A pillared colonnade runs along the inner face of the enclosure. The east-facing sanctum is a tritala vimana with an antarala, while the sabhamantapa is a finely proportioned seven-aisled structure with slender composite pillars of various types.

To the east of sabhamantapa is the usual covered pradakshinapatha enclosing the garbhagriha and antarala.The brick superstructure of the sanctum vimana has the usual arrangement of kutas, panjaras and salas, a circular griva and a circular sikhara. The east-facing Amman shrine is a dvitala vimana with a sala-sikhara running north-south. The kalyanmantapa of the temple is to the south-east. The eastern entrance has a tall five-storeyed gopura in brick-and-mortar with stucco figures.