august sanctum is built in the centre of town and has three massive
prakaras with entrances on four sides. Normally devotees enter
through the Southern gate with a high pagoda over it. The courtyard
here is vast and houses many minishrines and the temple office too.
It is in the second prakara the devotees see a cluster of mantapas
adorned with several adorable deities like Dunduganapathi,
Virupaksha, Nataraja, Saptamatrukas, Mahishasura Mardini, Anjaneya,
Subrahmanya, Chaturmukha Brahma, Vatukabhairava, Astadikpalakas,
Navagrahas, Chandiswar, Suryeswar etc. The architecture of this
temple dates back to 14th century, when the ruling kings
particularly Anavema Reddy from Reddy dynasty beautified it with
several additions, renovations and the like. Inscriptions and
epigraphical details narrate the successive line of donors, who
strove to raise the glory of this shrine by munificent donations and
endownments till it was taken ever by the State Government.
Realising its former glory and its present decadence, the Department
of Archeology has undertaken it to renovate it. So it is now a
protected monument slowly emerging to reach its former splendour,
yet the progress is slow to speak the truth.