Ranga Temple

Ranga Temple

BRIEF HISTORY:Built in east-west orientation, this is a small but elegant shrine datable to circa fifteenth century A.D. The temple on plan has a garbhagriha with a rectangular pedestal, an ardhamantapa and a large eighteen-pillared open porch. The affinity of the temple Vaishnava faith is evidenced by the chaturbhuja Vaishnava dvarapalas at the entrance. The plinth of the temple at sanctum and mantapa has conventional mouldings of a pada, kantha, tripatta-kumuda, pattika, kumuda and a pattika.

The superstructure of the sanctum is typical dvitala Dravida vimana. The oblong griva is relieved by pilaster motifs surmounted by panjara units and the sikhara(stupa) is oblong and the finial is mutilated. Right inside the pillared mantapa is a colossal statue of Hanuman in alidha posture facing or moving towards north. There is no uniformity of size, design of the pillars of the front mantapa indicative of its later addition. However, the most intresting is the highly ornate typical vijaynagara Devi shrine with Gajalakshmi in the lintel. A ruined open pillared mantapa in front has many friezes pertaining to Krishna-lila.