|About the Temples of
Andhra Pradesh The history of Andhra Desa
provides an insight into the various temple architecture styles seen in the state.
||Tirupati - the most
visited pilgrimage center in India. This ancient temple enshrining Balaji or Venkatachalapati is the most visited temple in India.
- one of the Jyotirlingas of Shiva Sree
Sailam near Kurnool enshrines Mallikarjuna in an ancient temple. Aadi Sankaracharya
composed his Sivanandalahiri here.
Nava Bhramma Temples - Gateway to Sree Sailam Nine ancient temples built from the
7th century CE onwards, dedicated to Shiva constitute the Alampura
Nava Bhramma temples.
- one of the five Panchaarama temples.
Legend has it that the Shivalingam held by the demon Taraka, splintered into five pieces
and fell at the five Panchaaraama kshetrams one of which is Draksharama.
|Sree Kalahasti - one
of the Pancha Bhoota temples of Shiva Kalahasti
enshrines the Vayu Lingam - representing the element wind - of the five elements of Agni,
Vaayu, Aakasam, Jalam and Prithvi.
- hill of the lion. This temple on the Simhachalam hill
represents the patronage of the Southern Cholas and the Gangas of Orissa.
|Ahobilam - The Nava Narasimha shrine.
Ahobilam is one of the most venerated Vaishnava shrines
of Andhra Pradesh, enshrining nine forms of Narasimha.
near Karimnagar enshrines the Yoga Narasimha
manifestation of Vishnu.
near Vijayawada houses a hill temple bearing a shrine to Pankala
Narasimha and Lakshmi Narasimha.
near Vijayawada is home to a hill temple with a
shrine to Narasimha.
near Karimnagar enshrines the Ramalingeswara temple
which alludes to legends from the Ramayana.
near Bhongir is home to an ancient hill temple enshrining the Narasimha manifestation of Vishnu.
|The city of Vijayawada is home to the Kanakadurga
temple, the Malleswara temple and the Vijayeswara
The Ramappa temple dating back to the Kakatiya period
is full of ornate sculpture.
||The thousand pillar temple at Hanumakonda, the
ancient capital of the Kakatiyas of Warangal is one
of great workmanship.
enshrines a temple to Rama at a spot believed to be where
Rama crossed the Godavari as he proceded southwards in search of Sita.
||The Rajeswara temple at Vemulawada goes
back to the period fo the Vemulawada Chalukyas.
||The Modern Birla
Mandir at Hyderabad The Birla Mandir hill
temple, built entirely of marble is a prominent landmark in the city of Hyderabad.
|Mukhalingam - the
ancient capital of the Kalingas houses three
exquisite temples built in the Orissa style of architecture.
||The ancient city of Amaravati is home to the Amareswara Shiva temple.
||Legend has it that Rama
offered worship to Shiva at Ksheerarama enshrining
|Kotipalli (Kumararama) in coastal
Andhra Pradesh is an ancient pilgrimage center, housing a shrine to Someswara.
||Bhimarama or Kumararama at Samalkota
houses a temple to Bhimeswara with interesting sculptural work.
||The Andhra Pradesh
Temple Index. The list here provides a pointer to over a hundred temples of Andhra Pradesh.