Next, the imposing Ottakkal mantap lying just opposite the
Moolavirat received his magnetic touch. This 20 feet square Mantap
was built out of a single gigantic granite slab. Another colourful
feather to his cap! The main Eastern gopuram work which was begun as
back as in 1566 was taken up and completed up to the fifth story.
Another colossal feat was the building of Sribalipura, the
awe-inspiring rectangular corridor encircling the main mandir for
which the services 1000 masons, 6000 laborers and 100 elephants were
utilized. And lo! this supreme specimen of artists' superb
craftsmanship was materialized in barely 7 months. The making of
flag staff is another superb feat that brought him undying fame, and
left him as the pole star among the builders of Kerala temples.