Krishna Deva Raya Mandapam in Tirumala

After passing through the Padi Kavali Mahadwaram you will land in an open mandapam called the Krishna Deva Raya Mandapam or Pratima Mandapam. This mandapam gets its name from the pratimas or bronze portrait icons of the Vijayanagara emperor Krishnadevaraya and his two consorts, Tirumaladevi and Chinnadevi. It also hosts a statue of Venkatapathi Raya and Achyutha Raya, who succeeded Krishna Deva Raya to the throne, and his wife Varadajiamma. The Mandapam has beautiful wall pictures of the Vijayanagara period like, Sri Rama breaking the bow, Sri Rama Pattabhishekam and Krishna Leela. Sri Vaishnava symbols or the Urdhvapundras flanked by a conch and disc were carved at the top of the two main pillars of the Mandapam.

In the southern wing of the Mandapam, is a statue of Venkatapathi Raya of the Aravidu dynasty, who ruled over Chandragiri around 1570 AD. To its side are stone statues of Achyutha Raya, who succeeded Krishna Deva Raya to the throne, and his wife Varadajiamma.
Sri Vaishnava symbols or the Urdhvapundras flanked by a conch and disc are carved at the top of the two main pillars of the Mandapam.

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