One of the finished monuments, this
temple is currently under worship. A stucco image of Varaha has been
installed in the garbagraham. This must be a later addition.
A wall has been raised which covers the front of the mandapam and therefore
we are not able to see the pillars and most of the roof from the outside.
Usually, a row of pillars divides the mandapam into two sections – the
maha mandapam & ardha mandapam on the inner side. In this mandapam,
there are two rows of pillars. In the first row, are four pillars
and two pilasters with sitting lion base. In the second row are two
There are several relief panels to be seen in this mandapam, some of them similar to those in the Varaha Mandapam – Gangadhara, a Pallava king (seated on a throne) with his queens, Gajalakshmi, Vishnu, Harihara, Durga, another panel depicting a Pallava king (standing) with his queens, Brahma.
A wide shouldered Pallava king is seen seated on a throne. Though he wears a crown, there are not many ornaments on his chest. On either side are his queens facing the king, seen in three-fourth profile.
There is an inscription on the lintel reading sri-simhavinna-pottr-Athirajan ('The illustrious Simhavishnu-Pallava, Supreme King') in Pallava Grantha characters.
Majority view is that it is Simhavishnu, the grand-father of Mamalla. But, one scholar suggests that it is Rajasimha and his queens.
To the right of the garbagriha is a Harihara sculpture in a niche, similar to the Vishnu sculpture. Here too, there are two devotees kneeling at the feet of the Lord. Harihara is part Vishnu (on the left) & part Siva (on the right). There is an inscription above this panel listing the Dasavatarams.
To the right of this is a panel depicting
Goddess Durga. Here the Goddess is in a graceful pose, with
her right leg bent slightly at the knee and crossed behind the left. (In
the other caves, we see Durga standing erect). In her eight arms
she holds weapons. On either side are two standing devotees with
weapons. At her feet are two sitting devotees. At the top we
can see two ganas, and the face of a lion and a deer on either side.
To the right of this on the side wall is a panel depicting a Pallava king with his two queens, both of them on his left. In this panel, they are all seen standing. An inscription above says Sri Mahendra pottr athirajan.
To the right of this, is a panel
depicting Lord Brahma seen standing on a lotus. His main right
arm rests on his hip while his left arm is in abhaya mudra. In his
upper right arm he holds the mala (rosary) and in his upper left arm a
A two-line inscription, a sloka in Sanskrit in the Pallava Grantha script can be seen on the floor of the ardha-mandapam, cursing those who are not devotees of Siva.