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of Anasuya and of the Ramayana have been carved on the northern and southern sides
respectively. By the side of the sanctum there is the main deity of Vishnu, made of
eight different minerals, fixed to the wall. There is silver casing to the deity and no
water is poured over the image. It is to the processional Suchindra Perumal, that daily
ablution are offered.
Round the corridor there are
a number of images of female lamp bearers, commonly known as Deepa Lakshmis, attached to
each pillar corridor. Unfortunately, the iconoclasts -Tippu Sultan, Chanda Saheb and Baha
Saheb - who plundered this temple in olden days, disfigured and mutilated the beautiful
carvings of the Deepa Lakshmis by cutting off their hands, noses and breasts. Towards the
latter part of the temple management ably reconstructed the mutilated portions.