Punganur Addala Mandapam Collapses – Heavy Rain damages Punganur Venkateswara Temple Addala Mahal in Andhra Pradesh

300-year old Addala Mandapam (Mirror Mahal) of 600-year old Punganur Sri Kalyana Venkateswara swamy temple collapsed on Friday, June 11, 2010, due to heavey rain in past couple of days. The Addala Mandapam was constructed in the 18th century by the Punganur Zamindars. Punganur is located near Tirupati in Chittor district of Andhra Pradesh. On May 26, 2010, Srikalahasti Rajagopuram collapsed.

Deccan Chronicle reports:

The Addala mandapam (mirror mandapam) of Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy temple at Punganur town collapsed on Friday due to heavy rainfall in the last two days. The structure collapsed after heavy rain lashed Punganur during the last 48-hours. The structure was used to conduct the celestial marriage of the Lord.

The temple and the glass mandapam inside were constructed in the 18th century by the erstwhile Punganur zamindars, and was later taken over by the state endowments department after Independence. Though temple authorities had submitted appeals for repairing the mandapam for two decades, nothing had been done.

A decade ago, repair works were undertaken at a cost of Rs 10 lakh, only to be stopped in between. Local people said that cracks developed in the structure during the last one decade. The endowments officials said that the main temple was not affected by the rains as the structure was strong.

In another development, the Dwajasthamba Peetam in Sri Malleswara Swamy temple at Ura-vakonda in Anantapur district collapsed on Friday. The temple committee members said the upper portions of the Dwajasthambam had developed cracks a few months ago.

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