Tirumala Temple Mandapam

Tirumala Temple Mandapam, History, List

The hill shrine of Tirumala  is a treasure trove  of  Mandapams, the ancient stony  structures built by erstwhile kings and devotees which depicts the glory of Tirumala temple.

These mandapams served and have been serving the purpose of conduction of rituals, festivals and special events besides functioning as shelters for devotees during the time of inclement rains etc. Most of these were very artistically constructed and speak volumes for the socio economic and cultural trends of the period.

Tirumala Temple Mandapam List

Pratima Mandapam :

The mandapam with 16 pillars was built by Vijayanagara emperor Sri Krishnadeva Raya abutting the Mahadwaram of Srivari Temple. This mandapam also houses the life size copper idols of Sri Krishnadeva Raya and his two consorts, Tirumala Devi and Chinna Devi. The Mandapam now, also houses a Tulabharam  section and also popular resting place of Lord after his Vahana parades  and Divya Prabandham is recited by archakas .

Addala (Glass) Mandapam

Inside Srivari Temple this Mandapam is built on an elevated platform with colourful mirror work, donated by a chieftain in 1831 and utilised for the special daily festival of Dolotsavam or Unjal Seva.

Ranga Mandapam

This high roofed mandapam is presently the venue of special events like Snapana Thirumanjanam and also the place where VIPS and VVIPs get Ashirvachanam  by Veda Pundits. This platform was once used for the performance of Kalyanams.

Tirumalaraya Mandapam

About 10-feet away to the left side of  Dwajasthambam,  this mandapam was built in 1473 and improvised later in the 16th century  by Tirumalaraya of Vijayanagara Dynasty. It was the venue of Unjal seva earlier and now the shelter of the utsava murthies during Dhwajarohana event of Bramotsavams.

Dwajasthambha Mandapam

This tall pillared and high roofed all granite mandapams with no walls were built in the 15th century. It presently houses the Dwajasthambham and Bali peetam and also the venue of unique events of Ankurarpanam and Dhwajarohanam.

Four – Pillar Mandapam:

This mandapam built in 1470 by Saluva Narasimha Raya is within the Sampangi Prakaram and is the venue of the Utlotsavam where Sri Krishna was worshipped.

Kalyana Mandapam:

This mandapam is located to the South of Sampangi Prakaram and is the venue of celestial weddings ceremony of Lord of seven hills. Festivals including Pushpayagam, Jyesthabhisekam and Pavitrotsavam events are also performed here.

Mahamani Mandapam

This mandapam is located between Bangaru vakili and Garuda mandiram inside the Ananda Nilayam and was built in 1417.  It stands on 16 pillars and the images of Narasimhaswamy, Varahaswamy,  Maha Vishnu and Venkateswara Swamy are embedded on the pillars.

This mandapam is the beehive of religious activity viz.  Panchanga Shravanam, Suprabatham etc. The arjita sevas including Sahasra Kalashabhisekam, Tiruppavada Sevas are also performed here.

There are two big bells installed to the south of this mandapam  which are sounded during the  daily events  inside Ananda Nilayam  and is alsocalled as Ganta Mandapam or Thiru Mani Mandapam.

Snapana Mandapam

The square shaped mandapam next to Bangaru Vakili is the Snapana Mandapam where the Pallava queen Perun Devi donated silver utsava idol of Bhoga Srinivasamurthy was worshipped.

Sayana mandapam

This mandapam next to Ramulavari meda is the location for Ekanta sevas of Lord Venkateswara  on a goldplated cot with gold chains. This is the venue for daily rituals like Tomala, Suprabatham, Annamacharya descendents  rendering  Lullaby to Lord at night and recitation of Divya Prabandham, Sahasranama pathanam and Veda Pathanam. Devotees with Arjita seva tickets sit here to witness the rituals.

The Ankurarpana Mandapam, Parakamani Mandapam and Pradashnina mandapam near Yoga Narasimha sway  temple are other small but devotionally and historically rich platforms around the Ananda Nilayam.

Other less known but popular  Mandapams  in Tirumala were Golla Mandapam( located infront of Mahadwaram), Paruveta Mandapam, Vasantotsava mandapam, Sahasra Dipalankarana seva KoluvuMandapam, Vahana Mandapam, Nada Niranjana mandapam, and Asthana mandapam  which are used for specific purposes – rituals, dharmic events and also devotee facilitation.

So no wonder Tirumala  is the worlds loftiest shrine with temples,. Mandapams and thirthams  which all become the members of the family of Lord Venkateswara  and bless the devotees.

Tirumala Temple Mandapam Gallery