Siva Temples With Inscriptions To The East Of Pattabhirama Temple

Siva Temples With Inscriptions To The East Of Pattabhirama Temple

BRIEF HISTORY:There are two temples to the east of Pattabhirama temple. The first one is a Vaishnava temple, datable to circa sixteenth century A.D. according to the inscription on the wall of its dvaragopura. It had an enclosure wall on all four sides. The west wall of the enclosure has collapsed. There are two small entrances in the middle of the east and south walls and a gateway having tritala Dravida vimana with sala-sikhara in the middle of the north wall. The main shrine, facing east, has on plan a garbhagriha.

An antarala and a ardhamantapa with two porches on the north and south, the main entrance on the east. To the northwest of the main shrine is a goddess shrine which has on plan a garbhagriha, an anatarala and an open pillared mukhamantapa. Over the garbhagria of this shrine is an ekatala Dravida vimana with sala-sikhara. Only a portion of the first tala of the Dravida vimana remains. The second temple, which is mentioned in the inscription on its wall is the Raghunatha temple at Penugonda Bagilu. It faces north and has on plan a garbhagriha, an antarala and a closed mukhamantapa. It is enclosed by prakara walls on the east, south and west. Over the garbhagriha is a brick-built dvitala Darvida vimana. To the east of this temple is a small shrine housing a mutilated Ganesa sculpture on a pedestal. Over the garbhagriha is a ruined ekatala Dravida vimana. On the north is a temple facing south which has on plan a garbhagriha and an open pillared mukhamantapa. Over the garbhagriha of this temple is a ruined brick- built ektala Dravida vimana.