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