In the last post, you saw Seshagiri Rayar Mandapam. Just opposite to this is Ayiram Kal Mandapam. Ayiram means a thousand and Kal literally means leg, but here it means pillars. However this Mandapam has only 973 pillars.
During festivities the remaining 27 pillars are planted out of wood! The sanctum sanctorum deep inside was empty and dark. A section of the mandapam is on an elevated platform.
On the sides of this platform are wheels and horses! The horses are so realistic and esp., its rope looks like a real rope!
The spokes of the wheel are depicted as humans! The wheel has its central axis detached from the wheel itself! Earlier this should have been rotatable... Now sadly, a cement flooring has fixated everything!
Another important place within the temple I'd like to share is the Chakrathazhwar Shrine. What captured my attention at this shrine were the pillars just outside the shrine.
They were the typical 'Simha Thoon', a specialty of Pallavas, as seen in Mahabalipuram or Kanchi.
The upper part of the pillars had some inscriptions.
The central part was what that was astonishing. About 4 inches wide, all around the pillar were miniature reliefs. It reminded me of a very similar work but less intricate covering the entire pillar that I saw at Mallikarjunar Temple, Dharmapuri.
Coming up with a few more shrines of Shrirangam that caught my attention....
TO REACH THERE:
Refer to my earlier post.
Dedicated to Prof. Swamination & co...