Temples In Andhra Pradesh
The state of Andhra Pradesh in South India is famous for its
beautiful temples. These temples are a mark of Andhra Pradesh's rich
culture and traditions. They have exquisite architecture having
enchanting carvings on their walls. This state has preserved these
wonderful specimens of age old Hindu religion. Apart from Hindu
temples, there are Jain and Buddhist temples also.
¤ The Thousand Pillared Temple
Thousand Pillared temple is situated at Hanumakonda. The carvings on
the temple are quite exquisite. The Hanumakonda was the ancient
capital of Kakatiyas of Warangal.
¤ Tirupati Temple
The Tirupati temple at Tirupati is one of the most visited and
richest temples in the world. It is a famous pilgrimage center for
Hindus. This ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara and has
a divine idol of the Lord Balaji or Venkatachalapati, also known as
At Kolanpuka, there is a famous Jain temple of Mahavira, about 2000
years old. There is a 1.5 meters high image of Mahavira here. Besides
the famous Jain temple, there are other temples like the Shri
Veeranarayana temple and Shri Someshwara temple. The Kolanupaka site
museum is yet another attraction of this place.
¤ Bhadrachalam Temple
There is a temple at Bhadrachalam dedicated to Lord Rama. This is the
place where Lord Rama supposedly crossed the River Godavari to go
southwards in search of Sita. It is an important pilgrimage for
Hindus. The unique feature of this temple is an idol of Lord Rama,
which is a blend of two avatars - Vishnu and Rama.
¤ Dwaraka Tirumala Temple
The Dwaraka Tirumala temple was built by the Myalavaram Zamindars
between the years 1877 and 1902. This temple is named after the great
saint, "Dwaraka" who located the self manifested idol of
Lord Sri Venkateswara.
Kalahasti temple is dedicated to Kalahasteswara, who was also
worshiped as a Vayu Lingam. The Vayu Lingam, represents the element
wind out of the five elements of Agni, Vaayu, Aakasam, Jalam and
Prithvi. Shri Kalahasti Temple is renowned for performing Sarpadosha
(RahuKetu) Nivaarana Pooja.
¤ Sree Sailam Temple
Sree Sailam temple is situated near Kurnool. It is one of the 12
jyotirlingas of Shiva. There is an idol of the Lord Mallikarjun
present in this ancient temple. This ancient temple is worth visiting.
¤ Pancharama Temples
At Drakashrama, one of the famous Pancharama temples is located.
Legends say, that the Shivalingam held by demon Tarak broke into 5
pieces and fell at 5 Pancharama kshetram. It is one of the most
beautiful temples of Andhra Pradesh.
¤ Dharmapuri Temple
Near Karimnagar, there is a temple called the Dharmapuri temple. It
has the idol of the Yoga Narsimha, which is one of the avatars of the
Vishnu and the Ramlingeshwara. They are related to the legend from the
¤ The Ramappa Temple
In Palampet, there is a temple called the Ramappa temple. This temple
dates back to the Kakateya period. Here, one can find some beautiful
¤ Vijayawada Temples
In Vijayawada, there are 3 important temples, namely the Kanakdurga,
the Malleshwara and the Vijayeshwara.
Some of the other famous temples in Andhra Pradesh are the Rajeshwar
temple at Vemulawada, the ancient temple of Someshwara temple at
Kotipalli (Kumaravana) in coastal Andhra Pradesh and the Amreshwara
Shiva temple at Amravati. Apart from these , there is also the Temple
of Bhimeswara in Bhimarama or Kumararama at Simalkota and the modern
Birla Mandir situated in Hyderabad.