As I said in the last post, till 3 compound walls the town settlement continues. Beyond the 4th compound wall is purely temple. On the eastern side in the Vellai Gopuram and Seshagiri Rayar Mandapam.
Vellai in Tamil means white and its a white gopuram. But then there are a legends behind it too. A devadasi name Vellai Ammal, seduced a Islamic chief-ton who was looting this temple, and took him to the top of this Gopuram and pushed him off and killed him. In her remembrance the Gopuram was named after her. Another interesting story behind the temple is that during the Nayak Era, 2 jeeyars (ardent devotees of Lord Vishnu) jumped off the cliff and gave up their lives, as a revolt against the unjust king Koneri Raja. The relief sculpture of these jeeyars are seen just below the Gopuram. Today the Vellai Gopuram stands tall and white!!!
Just as you come into the temple through the Vellai Gopuram to the left is Sesha Rayar Mandapam. Every relief sculpture in this so exquisite! Here are some...
|Fight Scene. Notice the knife going in and coming out?|
Notice the Islamic depiction with outfit & styling?
|Manmadhan / Kamdev with wife Rathi|
|Churning of the sea with mountain using a snake!|
|Kalinga Narthanam / Kaiya Marthan - Krishna dancing on a snake's head, holding its tail!|
|Gopika Vasthropakaranam - Stealing of Gopika's clothes by naughtl little Krishna!|
|Hanuman sending Rama's ring first to Sita, tying it onto a branch, before jumping in front of her!!!|
Very clever know? Unlike the regular version, where first Sita might have got scared looking at the monkey, first!!!
|Hanuman's high chair made of his own tail!|
|Hanuman carrying Sanjeevi hill and also someone tied up onto his tail. Who is that???|
|Hanuman killing a croc and coming out of its stomach...|
|Cow licking Krishna (Venugopala)'s foot. Notice its tongue??!!!|
|The perfect slipper for guys!|
|Ornamentation on a horse - with a Simha (Lion) face detail!!!|
Not just Gods and royals, at times commoners are also depicted in temples.
Not just commoners, rarely, discreetly placed erotic concepts also find its place in temples! Even erotica in animals!!! I've said about that already in Chennaraya Temple Post. Here's it is in Srirangam.