Thursday, January 26, 2012

Tadipatri Temples

There is are some temples in Tadipatri, but two are famous and majestic. They are Bugga Ramalingeshwara temple and Chintala Venkata Ramana temple. Here are the photos of these temples.

Chintala Venkata Ramana temple

My interest in these temples was kindled by a documentary aired on DD Saptagiri long back. Till then I didnt even know that such beautiful temples existed in my district. From then on I tried to visit these temples and finally last month I visited them.

Bugga temple is located on the banks of river Penna. This temple was constructed by Pemmasani Timma Naidu in 16th century. He was a general of Vijayanagara empire. Might be under Sri Krishna Devaraya, but I am not sure.

Gopurams are located on the north and south side of the temple. One gopuram is left incomplete, I dont know why. The other gopuram which is the entrance is rebuilt over the remains centuries later as the original gopuram collapsed because of earthquake. (I am not sure about the earthquake thing). This rebuilt part looks awkward. The beauty of the remains of the original gopuram makes the rebuilt part look more awkward.

Some pillars in a hall in front of the main temple are tilting and most probably they will collapse in the near feature. Already some of the famous temples in AP collapsed like the gopuram of the Kalahastishwara temple and a temple in Guntur district. Archaeological department needs to take proper care of the temple.

The sculpture is exquisite and intricate all carved in black stone. One of the best I have ever seen.

River Penna water seeps into the temple, and somehow drops of that water springs out of the linga in the garbhagriha (sanctum sanctorum), possibly due to capillary action. Note that the point on the linga where the water comes out is 2 meters above the river flow.

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