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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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ON TEMPLES

The temple is so built and so adorned that a devotee feels an air of sanctity as soon as he enters the temple. The Garbha Griha or main shrine is generally semi-dark and is bare of other sculptures, except the figure of the Lord. This is to ensure meditation and ‘ekagrata’ in the devotee. According to one tradition, the gateway of the temple is intended to stand for the universe, and the vigraha of the Lord inside for the supreme spirit.

There is always a curtain before the Lord, which according to the Vaishnavite texts should be of three colors, white, red and black, representing the three gunas, Satva, Rajah and Tamas. When the veil of the gunas is lifted, the resplendent Lord is seen. According to another tradition, the temple is just like a human body, which is conceived of as a walking temple of God, with the Jiva in the centre. The top of the temple is the head; the Garbha Griha is the neck-, the front mantapa is' the stomach; the prakara walls are the legs; the gopura is the feet and the Lord is the Jiva in the body. Thus every part of the temple is conceived of as the body of the Lord and so should be treated as sacred.

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