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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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Temples & Legends Of India
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Bengal

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Somanatha

SRISAILAM

Srisailam is also famous for its wonderful bas-reliefs depicted on the outer sides of the courtyard wall. The most 'interesting are situated on the southern and eastern walls. The scenes, figures and portraits are numerous and varied, and a detailed account of them would fill a large volume by itself. The Srisailam bas-reliefs are a valuable museum and library rolled into one. All the popular forms of Lord Siva are represented here and the legend connected with them are illustrated in detail, and at considerable length. A few of them only are described below.

In one of the upper panels, the story of Lord Siva as 'Bhikshatana' is represented. The puranic legend runs as follows. When Lord Siva cut off one of the heads of God Brahma, he committed the sin of Brahmahatya, and hence. The skull of Brahma stuck to his hand and would not be removed. In order to get rid of the sin, and the skull, it was ordained that Lord Siva should wander on earth as a naked wanderer, called 'Bhikshatana', till he reached the sacred spot on the Himalayas known as 'Brahmakapalam,' where he would be released simultaneously from the sin and the skull.

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