- Sri Sitaramaalayam
This significant historic place said to have been
graced by the visit of Asoka emperor has rich
spiritual back-ground and political importance,
besides famous for temples for many gods.
Among the many grand temples beckoning
attention in the historic fort of Gutti built on the
hill, Sri Sitaramaalayam is the most visit-worthy
for its superb architectural ingenuity and
unparalleled dexterity of sculptors. It came into
existence during the Vijayanagar emperors.
This place has historical significance on
account of its antiquity and ruled by as many as
fourteen dynasties including the valorous
The temple boasts of many architectural
marvels patronized by the renowned emperors
and each is magnificent and grand in
dimensions. The rulers' part in making every
piece monumental is discernable; for, they
employed craftsman of high caliber. The
Sitaramaalayam besides exhibiting rare
sculpture, embodies an excellent architectural
marvel. The rays of setting Sun fall on the holy
feet of the archamurti every day, exemplifying
the fact that the Sun-god regularly offers
prayers to the deities. The artistry of the
builders is exemplary. The temple possessing
all the indispensable parts built with great care
to good taste wrings veneration by all the
viewers. The Mulavirat with his consort Sita is
extremely magnificent and arrests the attention.
The parivaradevatas too are fittingly installed in
impressive pavilions. Regular worship is offered
with rituals due and periodical festivals too,
though it has lost it former glory.
It lies in the Gutti, one of the important towns of
Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh,
commanding train and bus facilities.