Vishnu TempleNo.III

This temple stands within a spacious rectangular compound defined by prakara walls. The temple faces north towards the south gopura of the Vitthala complex, with which it is perfectly aligned. The temple, which may have been consecrated to Nammalvar, consists of Garbhagriha, antarala and Ardhamandapa, opening into a Rangamandapa. The Upapitha running around the exterior consists of Upana, Pattika with creeper design, high gala with shallow bands, and petalled Kapota with foliated kudus. The adhishthana above shows Padma and Jagati, Tripatta-Kumuda, Pattika between Kanthas and inverted Padma.

Ribbed Kumuda and decorated Kapota appear beneath the central projections on the Garbhagriha, and on the projections either side of the three Rangamandapa doorways. Both Upapitha and Adhishthana terminate in blocks with carving either side of the three doorways. Kumbhapanjara pilasters with multi-faceted are ribbed pots are seen in the bays at either side of the niches. Cubic blocks over the corner wall pilasters carry petalled face, Petalled Kapota cornice, and upward-beveled moulding.

The Rangamandapa doorways have guardings displaying Vaishnava emblems, petalled shakas, and Lakshmi on the lintel blocks. The outer two faces of each support have superimposed pilasters, the lower pilaster standing in pots, the upper pilasters headed by Panjaras or Shakhas.

A statue of Tondairadippodi Alvar placed on a Pitha block is popularly identified as Purandaradasa. Pushpapotika brackets carry beams with petalled frieze. The deeply-recessed, lotus ceiling has a central pendant flower, with quadruple tiers of petals and upside-down parrots.

The rear end of the compound is occupied by raised platform, with Padma, gala divided by foliate bands into panels filled with elephants and occasional Vasantotsava scene and petalled Kapota with foliated kudus.