Akriti of any temple is, according to the Agni Purana, merely a manifestation of the
This idea is further developed in the
an- cient texts, and the entire Silpa Sastra is based on the principle that the walls and
the Vimana of the temple should be so constructed as to remind a devotee of the universe,
and the Lord inside representing the Supreme Spirit, which is the core and being of the
According to these texts, the chariot is intended as a symbol
of the seven Lokas underneath, and the seven Lokas above, with the Garbhalaya of the Lord,
at the hearts centre ruling over the entire universe.
The temple at Annavaram has been cons- tructed to depict this
idea concretely. The front side of the temple depicts thechariot.
The Meru on the floor with the pillar at the centre and the
idols at the top are intended to bring forth idea that the Lord not only remains at the
hearts centre but also permeates the entire universe.
Thewheels depicting the Sun and theMoon serve to remind us that
this Juggernaut moves on the Annavaram temples satis- fies both the ritualistic values and
the spiritual aspirations of its devotees.