2)Bali Peetam: A Sacrificial Platform to offer “Naivedyam (Bali)”/offerings.
It has always been misinterpreted by certain section of people that...
3)Dwaja Sthambham: A Flag post at a Magnetic point to connect the Earth and Heavens generally between Garbha Griha and Gopuram.
4)Mandapam/Chawadis: Used for different rituals related to the Murti/Temple.
Sometimes also used for cultural performances like Natyam, Ganam etc.
Sometimes the Vahana Mandapas are absent & they are sported in open space.
Chala Murtis like Snapana Murti (Meant for Abhishekam or offering) & Utsava Murti (Meant for procession) are kept for worshipping & rituals.
Initially Vimanam has been Higher than the Gopuram. Reaching it's zenith during the time of Cholas, became small to Gopuram in later times