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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
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ON TEMPLES

The image of the Lord is generally made of stone, and the sculptor has to execute it with complete fidelity to the rules laid down in the Silpa Sastras. The Sastras declare that before bringing out the image of the Lord, the sculptor should meditate upon the Lord, and that his success will be in proportion to the strength of hismeditation. There are various contemplating verses called ‘Dhyana Slokas,’ to help him in the process. Deities have to be carved out in the ‘Samabhanga’ or the ‘Tribhanga’ posture. In addition to the main images, the walls of the temples are decorated with exquisite sculptures depicting the puranic stories.

In ancient times, the temples were the busiest part of the village, and the life of the community was centered upon the routine of the temple. The festivals during the twelve months of the year were all conducted in the temples. All that was best in the life was offered to the deity as a sacrament, and did the others enjoy only then.

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