TTD Tirumala Raya Mandapam

Tirumala Raya Mandapam adjoining the Ranga Mandapam on the western side and facing the Dhvajasthambha Mandapam is a spacious complex of pavilions known as the Tirumala Raya Mandapam or Anna Unjal Mandapam.The southern or inner portion of this Mandapam was constructed by Saluva Narasimha in 1473 AD to celebrate a festival for Sri Venkateswara called Anna Unjal Tirunal. 

It consists of two different levels, the front at a lower level and the rear at a higher carved in black granite stone with period architecture of vines, yalis and stucco features. It is in this Mandapam, that the utsava murthi Sri Malayappa holds His annual darbar or Anivari Asthanam during the hoisting of the Garudadhwaja on Dhwajastambham to mark the commencement of Brahmotsavams.

Incidentally, the prasadam distributed on this occasion is still called Tirumalaraya Pongal. It is also called Anna-Vuyala utsavam (a typical unjal seva). The Mandapam has a typical complex of pillars in the Vijayanagara style with rearing horses. The bronze statues of Todermallu, his mother Matha Mohana Devi and wife Pitha Bibi are kept in a corner of the Mandapam.

Incidentally, the prasadam distributed on this occasion is still called Tirumalarayan Pongal.

The Mandapam has a typical complex of pillars in the Vijayanagara style,with a central pillar surrounded by smaller pillars, some of which emit musical notes when struck with a stone. The main pillars have rearing horses with warriors mounted on them. Some of the best sculptures of the temple are found in bold relief in the Mandapam. The bronze statues of Todermallu, his mother Matha Mohana Devi and wife Pitha Bibi, are kept in a corner of the Mandapam.

And also check – Krishna Deva Raya Mandapam or Pratima Mandapam

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