Chintalarayaswami Temple

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Chintala Venkataramana Temple

Chintalarayaswamy Temple or Sri Chintala Venkataramana Temple is a Hindu-Vaishnavite temple situated at Tadipatri, a town in Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh state, India.[1] The Temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, a form of Vishnu, who is referred to as Chintala Venkataramana.[2] It is situated on banks of river Penna which is passing through the town.[1] The Temple is known for its granite sculptures and is classified as one of the Monuments of National importance by Archaeological Survey of India(ASI). The temple has a Garuda mantapa built as Chariot with rotating granite wheels which is similar to the one found in Vithala Temple of Hampi.

Etymology[edit]

According to legend, it is believed that, the presiding deity Venkateswara was found in the Tamarind(Telugu:Chinta) tree and hence got the name Chintala Venkataramana.[2]

History[edit]

The Temple was built during reign of Vijayanagara empire in mid 16th Century.[3] Pemmasani Timmanayudu II, a subordinate of Krishnardevraya of Tuluva dynasty, built this temple.[4][5] The initial structure may belong to Saluva dynasty, but the entrance towers belongs to Tuluva dynasty.[3]

Architecture[edit]

The temple was built in Dravidian style.[3]

Gallery[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Poverty Alleviation Through Self-Help Groups in Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh. Anchor Academic Publishing. 2017.
  2. ^ a b Guide to Monuments of India. Viking. 1989.
  3. ^ a b c Architecture and Art of Southern India: Vijayanagara and the Successor States 1350-1750. Cambridge University Press. 1995.
  4. ^ Sriramamurty, Y. (1973), "The Pemmasani Family" (PDF), Studies in the History of the Telugu country during the Vijayanagara period 1336 to 1650 A D, Karnatak University/Shodhganga, p. 272
  5. ^ Ramaswami, N.S (1975), Temples of Tadpatri, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, p. 10-11