is commonly and widely used for the place of worship in Andhra
Pradesh. So, it is used for the following to give local colour.
Vijayanagara empire is deservedly famous for its building of Aalayas
and propagation of theism. Among the temples that received the
emperors' munificent patronage, Pampapati Aalayam, popularly known
as Virupaksha Aalayam merits reverent mention. Virupaksha is classed
with the holy thirthas, which enjoins the observance of certain
indispensable rituals on the orthodox visitors, like vupavasa,
mundana - fasting, shaving etc. It has many legends and its sanctity
and glory made it a great pilgrim centre. Many worth-seeing places,
such as Rishyamuka Parvatha, Malayavana Parvatha associated with
Ramayana characters, like Vali, Sugriva etc., are situated here.
There are many Saivite gods - Parvati, Vinayaka, Subrahmanya
installed in this temple, and the Sivalinga is known for bestowing
boons on pious bhaktas liberally since inception.
Pampapati Aalayam is a standing specimen of munificent royal
patronage. A glance at it pays and elevates. So look!