During the design phase of the new Rajagopuram the acute need for additional
space in the temple was obvious. According to Vaastu Shastra the existing
Siva and Vishnu Shrines could be extended to the East in proportion to the
modules of the existing shrines. Dr. Ganapati Sthapati, the Temple Architect
was requested to design an Eastern extension to the Siva and Vishnu Sannidhis,
such that the new Rajagopuram will
come in the middle in front of the new
extension. The new extension, even though it was an extension of the Siva
and Vishnu Sannidhis, was designed in such a manner that the space could be
used for large Pujas and other religious functions, and hence was called the
The dimensions of this extension were calculated as per
Vastu Shastra, but some of the columns defining the modules of each shrine
were designed as hanging columns with arches, so that maximum use of the space
as a hall for large gatherings could be achieved. The Siva Dwajastambam, Nandi
and Balipeedeam are part of the Siva Shrine. The Vishnu Dwajastambam, Garuda
and Balipeedam are part of the Vishnu Shrine.
The top of the Siva Dwajastambam
is also adorned with Garuda and the top of the Vishnu Dwajastambam is adorned
with Nandi. The dwajastambams are used to hoist flags during major festivals.
The wall on the East side of the Vasantha Mandapam is decorated with
Siva Murthys on the Siva side and the
Dasavathara on the Vishnu Side. Through the
skylights in the Vasantha Mandapam one can view the majestic Rajagopuram.