The Temples of Tirupati – Second or central gopura

This gopura and the entrance below it, situated at the western
end of the first courtyard, lead us into the second courtyard. This gopura was built in the 15th century. Its walls are decorated with the series-pilaster, pilaster, Kumbha- panjara, pilaster, Kumbhapanjara and pilaster. The Kapota above contains gables with human heads. The walls of the entrance contain sculptures of scenes from the Ramayana and Bhagavata and of dancers. The northern wall of the western side of the gopura contains the figures of Narasimha tearing open the stomach of Hiranyakasipu, Narasimha seated holding two samkhas and two chakras, Narasimha and Hiranyakasipu fighting and Narasimha seated on Sesha with Sri and Bhu on his sides. The southern wall of the same side of the gopura contains the figures of Putana suckling Krishna, Lakshminarasimha and Narasimha riding a lion.
The following shrines are to be found in the second courtyard:

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