Chintala Venkataramana Temple
Chintala Venkataramana Temple is located in Tadipatri town which is at a distance of 52 kms from Anantapur.
Tataki was transformed in to a rakshasi (ogress) after she was cursed by Sage Agasthya as she and her two children, Subahu and Mareecha began disturbing and threatening the sages. Her husband, Sangalu died and she was overcome with rage and passion and that was the cause for her rage. Lord Sree Rama was called by Sage Viswamitra to save his Yagnas as this ogress was disturbing his penance and the Yagas. It is believed that the ogress Tataki was killed and her soul was released from the curse of Sage Agasthya. The place where the ogress was killed came to be known as Tadipatri.
Tadipatri has two ancient temples. The Stala Purana (Local History) states that both the temples were built by two brothers in a day. The Bugga Rama Lingeswara Temple could not be completed and it still stands incomplete till this very day. The locals believe that had it been completed, it would have been called Dakshina Kashi. These temples essentially have the Vijayanagara architecture imprinted on them. There are beautiful sculptures of Lord Krishna and Ratna on the walls. These 500 year old temples belonging to the Vijayanagar period are a perfect treat for those who love history, architecture and sculpture. The temples here undoubtedly stand out and are the most prominent among the temples built by the Vijayanagar Kings.
This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the form of Venkataramana Swamy and is believed to have been built by Timma Naidu, son of Ramalinga Naidu. Ramalinga Naidu was the Feudal head of the Vijayanagar Kingdom, controlling this part of Andhra Pradesh. It was built during the same time as the Vittala Temple of Hampi, in a similar manner. Most of the features of these two temples bear close resemblance to each other, being built on a similar ground plan. While the stone chariot here is compact and small in size when compared to the famous stone chariot at Hampi, it is equally beautifully detailed.
The outer walls of the temple are elaborately decorated with carvings depicting stories of Lord Rama, Lord Krishna and other forms of Lord Vishnu. The Mukhamantapa of the temple has forty beautifully carved pillars varying in design. The idol of Lord Venkataramana Swamy is very beautiful and is a classical master piece of the Vijayanagar Kingdom. There are two other temples inside the complex, one dedicated to Lord Vishnu's consort and and the other to Lord Anjaneya. An intriguing feature of this temple is the presence of a secret underground passage (king's passage) leading to the Gooty fort. Currently, the tunnel's entrance from the temple has been closed for good by the ASI. The Raja Gopuram is majestic. There is a pillar that stands tall in the garden maintained right opposite the temple. There is also a Thulabharam pillar (weigh scale), a typical trademark of the Vijayanagar Kingdom in the garden.
Sri Chintala Venkataramana Swamy Temple: The temple is right in the heart of the city and has a lofty gopura. The temple is essentially a Vishnu Temple built according to Vaasthu Shilpa. It is stated that the temple was built by Sri Thimma Naidu under the orders of the Vijayanagara kings.It was built in the mid 16th century. It is situated in 5 acres of land. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is being looked after well. An earthquake had destroyed the main gopuram but has been rebuilt recently. The carvings of episodes of the Ramayan, Mahabharatha and Bhagavatha are seen around the Garba Griha, Madhya Ranga,the Astana Mandapa, the Antarala Gopura, the Prakara, the Yagnasala and the Kalyana Mantapa.The carvings are so explicit and they express the story.
Sri Ramanavami is the major festival celebrated here.
Hotels and lodges are available in Tadipatri town for the devotees accommodation. Anantapur city has more option for the Hotels and is connected with all the major cities of Andhrapradesh.
The famous Belum caves are 29.4 km from Tadipatri.
Anantapur city head quarters are 56.3 km from Tadipatri town. Frequent buses ply from Anantapur.
Tadipatri Bus Station is just 900 mtrs and Tadipatri Railway Station is 3.8 km from the temple. Tadipatri railway station is on the Guntakal-Chennai line which is part of Mumbai-Chennai line. There are daily trains from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kanyakumari, Coimbatore, Thiruvananthapuram, Tirupathi, Kolhapur and Goa - which halt at Tadipatri. Autos and private transport is available from these stations.
Tirupati and Bengaluru International Airports are the nearest airports to reach this temple. Tirupati International Airport is 242 km and Bengaluru Kempegowda International Airport is 245 km in distance.
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