Legenda about Tirumala and its God – Ranga mantapa

In the south-east comer of the courtyard is a big mantapa, popularly known as the Ranga-mantapa. There is small portico before it. This portico contains two rows of four pillars each. The outer pillars have three pillaret projecting and the inner ones have the animal bracket. The mantapa proper contains nine pillars on each side, each pillar having a pillaret projecting into the interior. At the western end are four plain pillars. The entablature above the pillars is interrupted at intervals by a second capital. The intervening spaces contain twopattas with a kapota or comice above. Above the kapota are two rows of five sculptures depicting dancers and scenes from Vaishnava mythology. Towards the southern end of the mantapa are a pavilion and a shrine. The pavilion is of black granite but is now coloured all over and used to house a vahana. The shrine is a fine structure consisting of an Antarala and a Garbhagriha. The walls on the sides are decorated with the series -pilaster, kumbhapanjara, pilaster and pilaster. The koshtha has a false perforated screen. The back wall of the Garbhagriha is adorned with the series pilaster, kumbhapanjara, pilaster, sala-koshtha, pilaster, kumbhapanjara, and pilaster. The koshtha has a plank decorated with lotus scroll. The front part of the shrine consists of an entrance flanked by a sala-koshtha on either side. A kapota decorated with nasikas surmounted by simhalalatas surmounts the entire front. This shrine may be ascribed to the 14th century on architectural grounds.

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