- Channakesavaswamy Aalayam
this ancient kshenra of global importance there arc many places of worship
existing since Kritayuga. It claims the honour of the lone Advaitha matape·e
tha of Andhra Pradesh and its glory occupies many pages in great literary books
and Puranas. Legends glorify this by the episode of Garutmantha fighting
against I)evcndra during his bringing Madupatra from heaven to release his
mother from servitude. There arc eight renowned temples for Lord Siva, and so
it is as important as Kasi. Hence the name 'Dakshinakasi' .
Channakesava temple forming an integral part of Pushpagiri temple contains many
mini-shines for parivaradevathas, and a two-storied majestic tower over the
Mahadwar. This is said to have been built by a Chola king and so turned out a
specimen of Vesara type of architecture. The archamurti is about six feet in
height and it is a fine sculptural model. There is another independent mandir
for Mother Rajyalakshrni lying next to it. 'Me sculptural wealth of this temple
is extolled by experts, and the murals narrate many stories from the
epics-Ramayana and MAhabharatha. In the vicinity there lie the holy feet of the
Lord called Rudrapadam and Vishnupadam. Four rivers - Papaghni, Mandavi,
Kumudvathi, Valkal join the
river Penna in close proximity to this kshetra and hence it is called Panchanadi
kshetra. It contains the Srichakra installed by the illustrious Adisankara.
belief is current that whoever circumambulates the temples for three weeks and
climbs the hill gets released from cycle of births and deaths. Moreover,
bachelors get married and barren women beget children, if Channakesavaswamy
prasad is taken after soulful prayers. The annual Brahmotsav lasting for 10
days falls in Vaisakha, luring lakhs of people.
lies 16 km off Cuddapah, the district headquarters town of the same name of
Andhra Pradesh, commanding APSRTC bus facilities.