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The Aalayas of Andhra Pradesh
Index Author
Invocation Introduction
Simhachalam Bhadrachalam
Annavaram Ryali
Mandapalli Draksharamam
Vijayawada Mangalagiri
Amaravathi Srikalahasti
Tirupati Lepakshi
Ahobalam Alampur
Mantralya Srisailam
Antarvedi Panagallu
Yadagiri Gudimallam
Basara Kotappakonda
Kaleswaram Ontimitta
Arasavilli Pithapuram
Major Sections
Temples Of India
Lord Siva To Be Adored The Devalayas Of Karnataka
Palani Dhandhayudhapani The Kovils Of Kerala
The Temples of North-West India Temples For The Triple Sects
Mata Kanakadurga of Vijayawada The Legend Of Mata Kanyaka Parameswari
The Temples Of North-East India Mantralya Mahakshetra
The Aalayas of Andhra Pradesh The Mandirs Of Maharastra
Mighty Atoms For Tiny Tots Lord Siva Of Sri Kalahasthi
Bhagawan Vithoba Of Pandharpur Bizarre Beliefs And Odd Traditions
Asoka Priyadarsin The Mother Of Melmaruvathur And Her Miracles
Vishnu Mayam Jagat Sarvam Sakti Mayam
The Temples Of Tamilnadu Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol I

Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol II

Hullo Tirupathi !
Uthuthshta Govinda Cum Jo Jo Mukunda The Miracles Of Gods For The Debacles Of Humans
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ANNAVARAM

SPECIAL FEATURES 

THE TEMPLE

Of the conspicuous features that greet the visiting devotees, the oddity of the shape of the temple strikes first and stands best. It acquaints them with the sanctity of a rare type. It is built in strict conformity with Agamic injunctions and Vastu sastric canons. According to sastras, particularly that of Agnipurana, the Akruti of any place of public worship should be a manifestation of the Prakriti the walls, towers and the Vimana of the temple should be so designed to remind the viewers of the universe; and the Lord enshrined inside the Garbhagribha is the supreme spirit, the core and the indweller of the entire universe. This temple is fashioned to resemble a chariot, and serves as a symbol of the seven lokas above, and Seven underneath With the Garbhagriha in the centre, representing the seat of ruling power. The fore of the temple depicts the frontal aspect of a chariot, and the Meru on the ground floor with a pillar at the centre and the images on the floor above indicate that the Lord not only remains in the centre, but permeates the whole universe. The wheels of the chariot stand for the Sun and the Moon reminding that this chariot moves on the wheels of time, and goes on eternally. Thus the entire design of the temple conforms to the Vastu Sastra and satisfies all the ritualistic needs. Hence the sanctity. And that accounts for the speciality here. 

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