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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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SRISAILAM

There are many other interesting bas - reliefs depicting Siva and Kali as dancing together, Siva as Gajaha Murthy i.e., slayer of the demon in the form of an Elephant, and Durga as Mahishasura Mardani i.e., slaying a demon in the form of a buffalo, Siva saving the boy Markandeya from the death noose of Yama, and a number of other Saivite. Scenes from the puranas. There is also a carving of the serpent Sesha whose body is coiled and interlaced representing the Hindu symbol of eternity.

Srisailam is also a principal seat of Veerasaiva. The term 'Veerasaiva' itself shows that their sect came into existence at a time when the people had to defend their faith with valor. Veerasaiva used to wear the Sivalingas in open defiance of the Jains who persecuted them, and hence the lingas came to be called as Pranalingas, since they had defended them with the very prana of the wearer. Veerasaiva do not accept the Adhyasa theory of Sankara a regard the Visista-  dvaita, theory of Ramanuja also as self- contradictory. They believe that Pasu or Jeeva is tied to the three impurities of Mala, Karma and Maya, and that liberation means freedom from these impurities only. Their initiation or Diksha is by the Siva Panchakshari Mantra after which they have to wear the Shivalinga continuously on their bodies. Even ladies can have this initiation.

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Temple of Srisailam - General view

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