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Sri Chintala Venkata Ramana Swamy Temple

Sri Chintala Venkata Ramana Swamy Temple located in Tadipatri town of Anantapur is a famous temple of Lord Sri Maha Vishnu, who is in the divine form of Sri Chintala Venkata Ramana Swamy. Sri Chintala Venkata Ramana Swamy Temple is noted for its architectural splendour on stones. This temple is one of the marvels of architectural splendour. The temple dates back to the period of Vijayanagara dynasty. The temple has an impressive Rajagopuram. This temple is said to have been built by Thimma Naidu, son of Ramalinga Naidu. Ramalinga Naidu was the feudal lord of the Vijayanagar Kingdom. It was built during the same time as the Vittala Temple of Hampi, in a similar manner. Most of the features of these two temples bear close resemblance to each other being built on a similar ground plan. Tadipatri is home to two famous temples one is Sri Chintala Venkata Ramana Swamy Temple and Ramalingeshwara Swamy temple. These two temples are situated on the banks of Pennar. The temple complex is strewn around with sculptures carved on rocks. The sculptures remind one, of the pastimes of Vijayanagara Empire. How arts and sculpture flourished in this era. These amazing sculptures breathing life depict the stories from epic Ramayana; The story of Hanuman, His adventures in Lanka and meeting Sita Devi; Lord Krishna in the form of Balakrishna killing Pothana and Lord Krishna playing on flute; Lord Ananthashayana with His Consorts; Vamana depicted as Trivikrama with 3 legs one on earth, second raised in heavens, and third on king Balis head; mukhamatapa has 40 pillars with ornately decorated in intricate patterns and images; heavily decorated pillars; beautiful chariot carved in stone; amazing outer walls with sculptures and patterns; the ancient weigh scale and pillar. While the stone chariot here is compact and small in size, the famous stone chariot at Hampi is equally and amazingly detailed.      Book Now


Sri Bugga Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple is located on banks of Penna River at Tadipathri in Ananthapur of Andhra Pradesh. Lord Shiva is presiding here in the form of Sri Bugga Ramalingeswara Swamy.Sri Bugga Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple was built by Thimma Nayakudu and Ramalinga Nayakudu in 16th century. The Shivalinga is installed by Lord Rama. The temple has main entrances on South and West. The temple reflects the beautiful architecture designed by Ramachari with 650 members as a team for 21 years. There is a secret tunnel to Tirupati but now the entrance of the tunnel is closed. Sri Ramanavami is celebrated grandly here.At a distance of 4 km from Tadipatri Railway Station, 58 km from Anantapur, 107 km from Kadapa, 357 km from Hyderabad, 413 km from Vijayawada and 269 km Bangalore, Bugga Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple is located on the banks of Penna River at Tadipatri in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva in the form of Ramalingeswara Swamy. The temple got this name by a perennial underground stream from which water always keeps flowing (Bugga in Telugu) into the sanctum sanctorum at the spot where the Lingam is consecrated. Sri Bugga Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple was built by Ramalinga Nayudu, a chieftain of the Vijayanagara Kings, in 16th century. The records indicate that a sculptor Yellanchari was brought from Benaras to construct the temple. According to legend, the temple has been established at the site, where sage Parasurama lived and performed meditation. The architecture of the temple shows a mixture of Chalukyan, Chola and Vijayanagar art. The temple has main entrances on South and West. The Vijayanagar kings have built the western, northern and southern gopurams of the temple. The north gopuram although unfinished has the most elaborate sculpture, with intricate carvings. The entire Shiva Purana is carved on the walls of the temple in miniature carvings with elaborate details. Episodes from Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata are also carved on the walls. This temple has a mini stone chariot similar to the famous chariot of Vittala Temple in Hampi. The Swayambhu Linga is placed on a pedestal in sanctum; water is seen flowing out of the pedestal all the time. This water is treated as holy water by the devotees. At the river side of the temple there is a statue of goddess standing by steps. It is believed that when the water level of the river Penna reaches the navel point of that statue, the entire town Tadipatri will be sinking in the water and that leads to the end of the town.      Book Now

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