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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
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Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

ON TEMPLES

In front of the Ardha mantapa is what is called the Maha mantapa consisting of one pillared building with entrance door, and space on the three sides. Besides these, there are other mantapas like the Kalyana mantapa, the Natya mantapa etc. On either side of the main entrance of the Ardha mantapa, generally two dwarapalakas are found. In front of the sanctum is located the Nandi or the bull in the case of Saiva temples, and the Garuda in the case of the Vaishnava temples with a Bali Peetha and a Dhwaja stambha, in front. Thus the principal features of the temple are the following:

1.The Garbha Griha containing the sacred God with a tower called Vimana over it.

2.The Ardha mantapa and the Maha mantapa which are in front of it.

3.The Gopura which is on entrance tower.

4.The Verandah attached to the inside walls of the Pradakshina patha.

5.Tirthas i.e., tanks and wells which are hallowed or sacred, for purposes of bathing.

6.Subsidiary shrines dedicated to various other minor gods each in its proper place.

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