Vishnu Temple No.1 Close To North End Of Soolai Bazaar
BRIEF HISTORY:This temple, facing north, is built on a high platform. On plan, it consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, a covered pradakshinapatha around the garbhagriha and antarala and a sabhamantapa open in the front. The rear wall of the garbhagriha is a huge boulder on which a beautiful sculpture of Anantasayana lying on Adisesha with seven hooded canopy, with Sridevi and Bhudevi at his legs and Brahma seated on a lotus issuing from his navel are carved in relief. Bas¬-reliefs of a seated Vaishnava saint in anjalimudra, a seated royal figure in dhyanamudra and a seated four-handed Vishnu are carved on the inner face of the antarala walls. Figures of Hanuman and Garuda, both standing in anjalimudra are carved on the pilasters flanking the antarala entrance. The pillars of the sabhamantapa are simple without any bas-relief.