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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
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SRISAILAM

The site plan of the Srisailam temple is given.

The enclosure to the temple forms roughly a square measuring five hundred feet from east to west and six hundred feet from north to south. On the northern, southern and eastern sides are lofty gateways. In the centre of the outer enclosure, is a stone enclosure containing the main temple. The main temple of Lord Mallikarjuna stands in the centre of this inner courtyard and is surrounded by a number of minor, shrines. The temple of Bhramaramba or the Amman temple as it is popularly known is in a separate enclosure west of the inner courtyard.

The main temple is a little structure, consisting of a cell enshrining the Lord in the form of a Linga and with a small pillared porch attached to the front. The main temple of Mallikarjuna is a stone-built structure, and in front of the shrine, does the Vijayanagar king Harihara build the exquisitely carved Mukha mantapa or the pillared hall the second in 1404-1405 A.D. It contains several beautifully sculptured stone pillars and ornamental stone eaves. The most valuable and sacred object within the temple is an exquisitely carved bronze image of Lord Siva, in the form of Nataraja. The idol is a masterpiece of craftsmanship, and induces Bhakti and devotion by its mere presence.

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Srisailam Temple: Nataraja in Bronze

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