- Channakesavaswamy Aalayam
in the Vijayanagara style of construction, this temple though in dilapidated
condition, displays beautiful sculpture worthy of admiration and veneration. It
is lying in the west of the village popularly known as Somapalem and Somapalli
for short. Belief is current that it was built by the Vijayanagara kings,
but neither the date nor the name of the builder is known for certainty. Being
the outcome of royal patronage, it is quite imposing in dimensions and
architectural designs. A tall 60 -foot high deepasthambha gleams into sight at
the first instance and is situated outside the compound. The Mahadwara faces
east and is adorned with a high multi-storied tower. It contains all the
essential parts like garbhagriha, antarala, mukhamandap, mahamandap - all
extensive in size and grand to look at The courtyards contain niches for
parivaradevathas. The Mulavurat - Channakesavaswamy is made of granite and it is
a beautiful specimen of elegant craftsmanship and displays the builders refined
taste. Indeed, as the local version goes, it mesmerized the visitors with its
beauty in the past. Alas! it is now almost in ruins and seems making an appeal
for restoration to its former glory. The Devi mandir situated to its north,
although small in sue contains all the essential parts. It is an independent one
beckoning attention by its beauty and sanctity.
are some more temples in this village, like Sri Ramalayam, Chandra Mouleeswara
alayam and Kota Choudeeswara alayam. Due to lying in a remote place with
inadequate transport facilities, its glory is eclipsed now.
lies 5 km off Mulacalacheruvu of Madanapalli taluq of Chittoor district of
Andhra Pradesh, having bus facilities.