Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Architectural Marvel Of Tiruchanoor Ammavari Temple






Tiruchanoor, 5 December 2018: The famous shrine of Tiruchanoor, the abode of Sri Padmavathi Devi is also known for its architectural splendour.

TEMPLE COURTYARD

The massive courtyard of the temple is nestled between sub temple of Sri Krishna Swamy opposite to the majestic Rajagopuram with seven Kalashas and sub temple of Sri Sundararajaswami temple on South and Sri Padmavati temple, to the North

ASHIRWADA MANDAPAM

This is a 16-pillared mandapam on a 4 feet high platform. Now it is seat of bhajantri mela and also a platform for VIPs to get blessings and Prasada   from archakas.

DSWAJASTAMBHA MANDAPAM

It is a unique architectural marvel with 36 pillars in six rows with Bangaru balipeetham. After serving Nivedana three times to Goddess Padmavati, Shraddhannam is served to Bhutaganas on the balipeetham. 

The Gaja Vahanam is embossed on the bottom and Shanku chakras facing South and Goddess Padmavati facing North on Dwajastambha. 

The celestial Gaja flag on the temple mast flies on this pillar during the annual Brahmotsavams and is lowered after the event.

KALYANOTSAVA MANDAPAM

To the south of Dwajastambha mandapam and in front of Sri Sundararaja Swamy temple, Kalyanotsavam is performed for Goddess Padmavati and Lord Venkateswara.

MUKHA MANDAPAM

A four pillared mandapam on a high platform and covered by grill opposite to main temple is where Asthanam and other rituals are conducted.

ARCHANA MANDAAM

Adjacent to Mukha mandapam this Archana mandapam is located to south of sanctum to whose North face lies the Panchaloha idols of Sudarshana and Viswaksena. The granite idols of Garuda and Viswaksena are installed. There is also a granite and Panchaloha idol of Sri Ramanujacharya.
ANTHARALAM MANDAPAM

After Archana mandapam, the Antaralam mandapam which is guarded by Vanamalini and Balakini at the door like Jaya and Vijaya in Tirumala.

SANCTUM

The majestic and holy idol of Goddess Padmavati in a sitting pose is installed in the sanctum after the Antaralam. The four handed Goddess wielded lotus in upper hands, Shanku and Padma in lower hands. The main idol also popularly hailed as Alarmelu Manga is worshipped with suprabatham, Sahasranamarchana and Kukumarchana every morning. On Mondays, Asta dala Padava padmaradhana, Thiruppavadai Seva on Thursdays, Abhisekam on Fridays and Pushpanjali Seva on Saturdays are performed.

SHANTI NILAYAM

A seven Kalasha with gold cover rests on the Gopuram above the sanctum of Goddess Padmavati and is called Shanti Nilayam, facing the Tirumala hill shrine of Sri Venkateswara Swamy. It also accommodates a sparkling idol of Vimana Lakshmi as well akin to Ananda Nilaya Vimana Venkateswara Swamy in Tirumala temple.

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