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Temples & Legends of Andhra pradesh
Index of Andhra Pradesh

Kulapati's Preface

Author - Shri. N . Ramesan On Temples
Srisailam

Ahobalam

Alampur Lepakshi
Tadpatri Mahanandi
Tirupati Kalahasti
Chezerla

Amaravati

Mangalagiri Vijayawada
Akiripalli Draksharama
Kotipalli Annavaram
Simhachalam Arasavalli
Srikurmam Bhadrachalam
Yadagiri Vemulavada
Dharmapuri
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ALAMPUR

Mention may also be made of another group of shrines, associated with the name of Papanatha. They are situated in a beautiful grove on the Right Bank of the river Tungabhadra at a distance of about a mile to the south of the town.

The architecture of these temples is poor. Thetowers are square in plan andarranged in stories, which gradually decrease in dimensions as the tower rises.

The tops are crowned with Amalakas, massive circular coping stones, supporting a vase-like finial called the Amrita Kalasa. The temples have been built at different periods.

The principal temple, which is situated in the middle, consists of a pillared hall with three openings towards the east and west, and two cells towards the north and south The pillars are somewhat short and their carvings re not of high order.

Some of them represent religious epi- sodes, while on two, inscriptions arefound. In theceiling the Navagraha and Siva danc- ing the Tandava have been shown.

A niche contains the figures of Mahisha- sura and the sanctuary is occupied by the linga. In the cells towards the south the seven Mothers (Saptamatrikas) are carved.

The Skandapurana describes Alampur elaborately and the Sthalapurana of the holy place is given in that purana in great detail covering nearly five chapters.

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