Architecture

The sheer expanses of the temple premises, the design of the welcome pillar (dwaja sthamba) as well as the sculpted wooden door-frames are a reflection of the high standards of art and rich architecture of those times. The wooden pillars which support the roofs, inside the temple are an example of the technical expertise and professionalism of the planners. The sculptures on the outer portion of the upper storey are a classic example of their artistry. They have been sculpted with laterite, plaster and wood. The ceiling has exquisite wooden carvings of scenes from the Ramayana, right from Putrakameshti Yaga up to Seetha Swayamwara. It is clear that the temple is a vast storehouse of vaastu architecture, sculptural art as well as carvings from the epics and folk tales and rightfully needs to be preserved for the benefits of future generations. As per the observations of foreign pilgrims, it is world class and comparable to any sculptural art worldwide. It is in fact, a poem in stone and not a mere structure.


The wood carvings in the temple are marvelous. The ceiling of the Namaskara Mantapam of the temple is decorated with beautiful wooden carvings of puranic heroes. A closer examination of the wooden carvings discloses the various episodes of Ramayana, beginning with Putrakameshti yagam and ending with Seetha Swayamvaram. The Mantapam inside the temple Garbhagruham (sanctum sanctorum) as well as the outside façade of the second and third stories of the main building are also profuse with attractive and exquisite stone and wooden carvings.


The temple has a U shape (Gajaprashta) with a three-tiered dome. The top two storeys have copper plate roofing while the lowest has tile-roofing. The intricately carved wooden pillars and beams inside the temple compound speak volumes about the skill of the craftsmen of a bygone era. The walls and roofs of the temple are decorated with stucco images depicting scenes from Indian mythology. The Namaskara Mantapam (the pavilion in front of the sanctum sanctorum) is decorated with wooden carvings depicting scenes from the Ramayana. There is a deep well inside the temple compound. The water, which remains untouched by the rays of the sun, is believed to have many curative properties.