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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
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

DRAKSHARAMA

In its architecture, the Draksharama temple shows a beautiful and harmonious blend of the Chola and Chalukya in adaptation, which can only styles and shows a catholicity result by decades of close admixture. The vimanas over the main Garbha griha, with its horizontal motif, and with an octagonal type is a good specimen of the Dravida type of temple architecture. The Western gopura is an amazing structure with seven stories, and is clearly of Chola origin, and reminds one of the many Chola temples of the South. There are beautiful pillared mantapas all round the shrines, and these must have come into existence at a later date. In the Mukha Mantapa, there are pillars with scenes depicted in sculpture, which clearly must be only Chalukya in origin. The very important and interesting feature of this temple is that we have in Draksharama, probably the only remaining piece of evidence as to how the artisans of the past constructed their temples. There is a small 'model temple' made out of a single stone, and built exactly according to the type of the original temple. It is thus clear that originally when a big temple was conceived of, a model on a small scale was first done, and then, it was later amplified into a main temple, according to scale.

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Amodel of the Temple found in draksharama
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