of Lord Ganesha
Temples on the Hemakuta Hill
Kodanda Rama Temple
Hazara Rama Temple
Yantroddaraka Anjineya Temple
This temple can be reached either from Kodanda Rama Temple through the Bazaar
wrongly called "Soolai Bazaar" or "Courtesan Street", or from
the Virupaksha Bazaar by climbing the steps next to the monolithic Nandi at the
end of the bazaar. Achyutaraya Temple is a large complex built by an officer of
the King Achyutaraya, Salakaraju Tirumaladeva. This temple is better known as
Achyutaraya temple, in whose period it was built rather than the name of the deity
"Tiruvengalanatha" or Lord Venkateshwara.
Unlike the other temple complexes, this temple complex has two enclosures, each
marked by an entrance gopura. The main temple is situated within the second enclosure.
Opposite to the temple is the shrine for Garuda, the celestial bird and the vehicle
of Vishnu. To the south west of the temple is a shrine for Devi. Running around
the inner courtyard is the pillared cloister. The Kalyana Mantapa is located in
the northwestern corner of the outer enclosure. Like all major temple complexes,
this temple complex was also provided with a Kalyana Mantapa where the annual
marriage ceremony of the deity was conducted. The slender pillars of this Mantapa
bear dexterously carved bas relief including a few erotic. The basement of the
Kalyana Mantapa is richly decorated with the relief of elephants.