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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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AMARAVATI

There is some force in this contention, since in the Amareswaraswamy temple, the foundations are laid with the charac- teristic Buddhist slabs only.

Just above the Mula Virat in the Garbha- griha, one can see still a white marble lotus Medallion, done in the delicate and ornate style of the early Buddhist silpas.

The Mula Virat is a long vertical cyl inder made of white marble, which is so extensively used in the Buddhist monu- ments.

The height of the linga is about 15 feet or so and another Legend has it that this was originally an Ayaka Stambha or an Ayaka pillar, which later has been consecrated and brought into us (as symbolic of the Sivalinga.

The temple as it stands now is a perfect specimen of the Dravida type of temple architecture.

These gopuras came into prominence only in the medieval times,and theabsence of any stone epigraph earlier than the Ilth century A.D. in the temple would suggest that the temple itself was of a compara- tively late origin.

From the legendary point of view, Amara- vati and the Amareswara temple have had an ancient past. The Skanda Purana gives a complete picture of the place and the temple.

There is a Sthalapurana for the temple, which is also equally interesting. The popular legend and the Sthalapurana are as follows.

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