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Temples & Legends Of Andhra Pradesh
Index of Andhra Pradesh

Kulapati's Preface

Author - Shri. N . Ramesan On Temples


Alampur Lepakshi
Tadpatri Mahanandi
Tirupati Kalahasti


Mangalagiri Vijayawada
Akiripalli Draksharama
Kotipalli Annavaram
Simhachalam Arasavalli
Srikurmam Bhadrachalam
Yadagiri Vemulavada
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Himachal Pradesh


In the temple in addition to the stone carvings, there is an important bronze image of Siva. This is one of the most exquisite bronze images of Andhra Desa. It represents Lord Siva in the dancing pose. A mere photograph gives one a very poor idea of the surprising beauty of this image. The superb modeling of the body, limbs, hands and feet, and the artistic treatment of the flowing girdle around the waist, could hardly be surpassed. It represents Lord Siva, in the Tandava pose. The right upper hand is holding the Damaruka, while the lower presents the raised palm of protection or 'Abhaya hasta'. The left upper hand holds a flame of fire, and the lower arm is inclined across the breast in the 'Gaja-hasta' pose. The right foot stands on the back of the demon 'Apasmara' and Lord Siva is seen whirling around wearing a lofty headdress. This dance of Lord Nataraja symbolizes the action of cosmic energy in creating, preserving and destroying the visible universe. 'There is also another bronze image of Lord Siva as Somaskandha, which shows Siva and Parvati seated together on a lotus pedestal, with the child Skandha standing in between them.

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