Before the temple entry Act for
Harijans was passed, all the forbidden communities were offering prayers at this
niche only. And beyond this point, they were not allowed.
the Namdev gate, we enter a roofed passage with Nagarkhana on it. It has three
rooms on either side, housing images a like Ganeshe etc. This is called Mukti
Mandap. Ascending half a dozen steps again, we enter a spacious quadrangle with
aisles used for cooking. It contains two samadhis of great saints besides the
images of Hanuman and Garuda. Next comes the big mandap with well decorated
gates. One either side of the middle gate lie the Dwarapalakas Jaya-Vijaya.
There are images-one of Ganesh and the other is that of Saraswati, holding the
lotus, akshamala, parsu
and book in hands. The central gate opens into Solakhamba mantap - a big hall
with 16 pillars. The ceiling is beautified with scenes from the scriptures, like
Krishnalila etc. There are a number of cells containing the images of Kasi
Viswanath, Kalabhaviar, Rama-lakshman, Dattatreya etc. There is a holy pillar
called Garuda stambha here and pilgrims embrace it after making money offerings.
Next to it lies Choukamba with elephant gate leading to the garbha griha. The
archamurthi lies on a four feet high pedestal. The exterior of garbha griha is
decorated with Maratha motifs of niches and minarets with stucco figures in the
niches. The images of Narasimha, Radhakrishna, Vishnu adorn the niches in the
walls and they are grand.