is abundant source material in the form of books and sculptural
remains testifying to its spectacular past, and the exemplary role
it played, registering and broadcasting the special Andhra Culture
through fine arts. Among the Puranas, Skanda Purana, can be singled
out for understanding the divine associations it had in the past.
Inscriptions bear evidence for the huge endownments made by the
royal families, like Raja Vasireddy Venkaswami, Sri Krishna Devaraya,
Satavahanas etc. to the temple and educational institutions. Labour
pays rich dividends, and presents a spectacle of its apurva vaibhava.
glory rises from the fall of a big chunk of Sivalinga worn on the
person of Tarakasura, when scattered into pieces by the potent spear
of Subrahmanya, the Field-Marshall of Devasena. According to legend,
the demon Taraka on obtaining potential boons from Lord Siva after
ghora tapas, turned a veritable yama to mortals and immortals too.
His unbridled and unending danava krityas made life unendurable to
the people . The Suras, along with devout and reverent experienced
narakabadha with their physical bodies still living, instead of
undergoing it in yamaloka. Gods, tortured and taunted day in and day
out, braved war against Tarka, of course, under the instigation of
Devendra, whose existence proved a living death. But to what effect!
They were no match to that formidable demon. So were beaten black
and blue and routed to the last. Fleeing from the war-field, they
came to Dhanyakataka and lived for some time. On account of their
living there for a short period, it was given the appropriate name
of Amaravathi - the place of amaras. By fits and starts the battle
went on; but every time, Taraka was emerging victorious. So devas
used to stage a retreat to Danyakataka.