- Sri Ranganatha Aalayam
Ravaged by the kalachakra over several centuries rattling and denuded by the
violence of weather, this once famous cave temple is now under the care of the archaeological department as protected monument with a difference - no daily
puja, nor periodical festivals. Ironical as it appears, there is a stream of
visitors, who either for their extreme reverence for the recumbent Ranganatha,
or for collection of source material for research, visit and offer
bhashpabhishek to this lying Mahavishnu in deep sleep. As it is not
electrified, nor illuminated by other means, the security with
the help of the lighted match guides the visitors and explains, rather reveals
his ignorance by mumbling some words. There are many cells in this four storeyed
ruined Vaishnava kshetra, enshrining idols of Brahma, Lakshmi, Narada etc. It is
dedicated to Maha vishnu, in reclining posture and is 17 feet from head to feet.
This august icon is installed in the third, floor. The size and shape being rare
in these parts, orthodox theists visit this out of curiosity for antiquity than religiosity due. It was built by Vishnukundi kings and it was popular as Bouddha
cave temple may be due to some Buddha icons. Above all, out of the four tiers,
only three are completed.
is about 10 km off Vijayawada, accessible by town bus from Vijayawada railway
station or bus stand.