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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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LEPAKSHI

THE TEMPLE

It is, according to tradition was established by Agastya himself in the dim past, but historical evidence begins with Virupanna's construction around 1550 A.D. The temple is called Sri Veerabhadreswara Swamy Alayam. It is built on high mount called Kurmasila, because of its resemblance to a tortoise, and hence called Kurmasila kshetra. It has two high prakaras with three entrances on the East, West and North, and are adorned by charming towers. The second prakara contains the rarest sculptural wealth; for here ties the main temple for Veerabhadra, along with many mantapas etc., like spacious Garbagriha, Mahamantapa, Kalyanamantapa, Natyamantapa and several niches for many adorable deities such as Veerabhadra, Sri Rama, Durga, Adisesha, Vinayaka and Gopalaswamy, all appearing in their best and remarkable for its sculptural excellences. As we enter the second prakara, the huge image of Saptaphani Nagendra enshrining a beautiful Sivalinga over a broad panavatta formed by its coiled body, and its out-spread broad hood, greets our sight. The sight feasts the eyes and raises our hands in homage. There is an image of Vinayaka next to it. The Principal Deity - Lord Siva is facing the images of Lord Vishnu and Veerabhadra. These three form a triangle, and are close to one another. The beautiful images of Sri Rama and Durga, and also found here. Such combination of several deities under one roof is rare.

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Uniqueness..Pg1
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Antiquity
The Epic Episode
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