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Rayadurg - Sri Kodandaramaswamy

The original name of this place was Bhupati Rayala durga, due to enjoying the rule of Rhupathi Rayalu, a valorous samanta, serving the redoubtable Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagar empire. Later, popular usage shortened it 'Rayadurga' for convenience. It witnessed the rule of enlightened rulers, who patronized arts and architecture in exemplary manner. Many temples of great fame sculpturally came into existence and they broadcast the glory of the emperors, even though all are in ruins today. There are many splendid temples built both atop the hill, and in the ancient town too. This was also the centre of Jain religion, and there arc some relics of it standing in proof of its taking deep roots in this soil. Among the temple, built on the top of the hill, kodandaramaswamy aalayam is visit-worthy. It, architectural design is of high order and the sculpture reflects exquisite artistry. On the way to the top, there is an excellent temple dedicated to Dasabhujaganapathi - a unique feature never copied its form earlier. or later says a local vociferously. This 12 foot-high granite of Ganapathi with 10 hand, has an exquisitely chiseled female figure on his lap. It is a miss-trot item in the itinerary list.

Tthe Kodandarama Aalayam atop the hill is built according to Vastusastra and contains all the essential parts. The wall panels bear well-chiseled figures of adorable divinities in addition to inscriptions, helpful to fixing the date of construction and details of the patrons. The icons of the presiding deities are fine specimens of superb art. It is impressive in every piece of architecture embellished by good sculpture. Having fallen on evil days, as it were, it looks into the eyes of the viewers piteously to hasten to taking up renovation to restore its former glory. The greedy hands of Mammon worshippers looted its splendour, who willfully mutilated and dug at several sacred sports to mine out precious jewels, supposed to have been hidden here. Wickedness knows no scruples, not- greediness honours the age-long tradition.

It lies in Rayadurg of Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh commanding bus facilities.


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