Friday, August 5, 2016

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswaram – Temple Corridors (Prakarams)

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswaram – Temple Corridors (Prakarams)
There are three corridors in the Temple named as “Kovil prakarams”. The outer corridor is flanked on either side by a continuous platform with large number of pillars, each adorned by intense sculptures. The longest corridors are the north and south corridors which from each end present a vista of receding columns and one cannot fail to marvel the grandeur and precision of the art ancient architects and artisans. The temple has long corridors inside between huge colonnades on platforms above five feet high.
The second corridor is formed by sandstone pillars, beams and ceiling. The junction of the third corridor on the west and the paved way leading from the western gopuram to Sethumadhava shrine is designed as a chess board and called Chokkattan Mandapam. The Utsava (processional) deities are decorated and kept in this mandapam (hall) during the Vasantotsavam (spring festival), on the 6th day of the festival in Adi (July–August) and Masi (February–March) conducted by the Sethupathi of Ramnad.
The outer set of corridors is reputed to be the longest in the world at 6.9 m height and 400 feet long in the east and west and about 640 feet long in the north and south. The inner corridors are about 224 feet in the east and west and about 352 feet in the north and south. The width varies from 15.5 feet to 17 feet in the east and west and width varying between 14.5 feet to 17 feet in the north and south. The total length of these corridors totals 3850 feet.
There are about 1212 pillars in the outer corridor with a height of 30 feet from the floor to the center of the roof. Most of the 4,000 brilliantly carved pillars feature individual themes and are aligned in a special way. The carved granite pillars are mounted on a raised platform and its uniqueness lies in the fact that the rock is not indigenous to the island, but was brought in from other parts of Tamilnadu across the sea.
First Corridor (First Prakaram):
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Second Corridor (Second Prakaram):
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Third Corridor (Third Prakaram):
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