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Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple - Korukonda

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Korukonda is a village in the Korukonda mandal of East Godavari district of AP.

Here lies the divine gudi of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy. There are 2 gudis. 1 atop the hill & 1 at the foot of hill
The gudi at the foot of the hill is old but not ancient. The pillars of the temple signify its age.
There is a mandapam in the Prakaram. It has been cemented around parts of the pillar.
Besides this prakaram lies the way to climb the hill. Steps to the gudi on the hill.
At the bottom is a Peetam with garuda carved on the side and paadam on top. Bcs it has been worshipped with flowers, the padalu cannot be seen in the pic.

Then starts the difficult part.
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Jagannath Swamy temple - Vizianagaram

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Right in center of Vizianagaram, lies a beautiful ancient temple. Ignored & neglected, this temple went into a sorry state, but was restored & brought back 2 glory in past couple of years.
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The temple considered 2 b a replica of Puri Jagannath temple, was constructed acc 2 rules of Pancha Ratra Agama Sastras. Along with Jagannath, Balabhadra & Subhadra, there are smaller temples 4 Venugopal Swamy & another for Mahalaxmi ma in the temple.
Dasavataras on the new walls
Devotees & locals formed the Sri Jagannath Seva Samithi 2 improve condition of the temple. Once they took steps 2 clean the temple, they were shocked to see the sculpture hidden behind thick tough coatings of paint or whitewash. They contacted ASI & endowment dept.

New entrance
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Alampur Temple Diaries 4
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Papanasi Temples

From the Sangameshwara temple, we went to the Papanasi Temples which is a cluster of 23 temples. The Papanasi Temples are also relocated to avoid damage by the Srisailam hydro power project.
These temples built between 9th & 11th century CE. Some started at the time of early Chalukyas but completed during the time of Rashtrakutas & later Chalukyas. The site has two main temples with carved pillars, the rest are small temples.
The largest temple is the Papanaseshwara temple. Built by the Badami Chalukyas around 9th century, it consists of pillared mandapa, antarala and garbagriha.

The Shiva linga of Papanaseshwara is a 1400 year old markata lingam. Greenish in colour and shining.
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Alampur Temple Diaries 3
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Today I will share with you a temple showcasing the splendor of the Chalukyas.
The SANGAMESHWARA temple was first located at the Sangam of Krishna & Tungabhadra rivers at a village called Kudavalli, 16km from Alampur.
Though the board mentions that it was built during the time of Vikramaditya I (655-81CE), it is believed to have been built by Pulikeshin.
Dwajastambham stamba and Nandi in a mandapam opposite the steps to the temple.
Due 2 Srisailam hydro power project, the temple was at risk of submerging, so it has been relocated 2 outskirts of Alampur by ASI.
ASI did a fantastic job of replanting the temple, without disturbing the architecture. They took pics, removed the stones layer by layer & rebuilt it
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Alampur Temple Diaries -2

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Continuing with the Nava Brahma temples, the next one was
4. Garuda Brahma Temple
Built between 848-891 CE during the time of Vijayaditya.
Pillared mandapa leading into the temple.
The dwara palakas at the entrance.
The board says Ganga and Yamuna are on either side. But if it is Ganga & Yamuna, y r they holding a vinjamara like an attendant? Correct me if I am wrong experts.
I liked the Gandharvas floating above and the latticed windows.
Garuda above the Garbagriha doorway.
The wonderful layered sculpture and Gandharvas on either side of an elephant.
These blocks below the niches also are carved. Here Yakshas and Kinnaras are carved.
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Alampur Temple Diaries - 1
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Alampur is a jewel in the state of Telangana. Situated in the Gadwal district near Kurnool district of AP. It is a temple town with Divinity, history and architectural beauty.

First we shall speak of Jogulamba Talli.
Jogulamba is one of the 18 Shakti Peeta's. It is where Sati Devi's Upper jaw with tooth fell. It is on the bank of Tungabhadra river.

The old temple was destroyed by Bahamani sultans and the idol of amma was safeguarded in the Bala Brahma temple. A new temple was built in 2005.
Jogulamba is in an Ugra Roopa. She is fearsome with a scorpion, lizard, frog, owl and skull in her hair. The new temple has a water pool around it, 2 cool the atmosphere and make it easier to worship her.
She is surrounded by Shiva as Brahmeshwara Swamy in the Nava Brahma temples
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AHOBILAM - Part 2

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Lakshmi Narasimha temple in lower Ahobilam is a sculptural beauty.
The present temple is built in 15th century by Vijayanagar rulers & later expanded by Kakatiya kings, mainly Pratapa Rudra.
Temple and carving on outer walls.
The deity here is said to be installed by Venkateswara Swamy as he wanted to take the blessings of Narasimha Deva before marrying Padmavati Devi. The Koneru or pushkarini of the temple. The dwajastambham in the outer prakara.
The temple in the inner prakaram has exquisitely carved pillars. Pillars carved in each pillar. A sight to behold.
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AHOBILAM
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As soon as we entered Ahobilam, to the left of the road, saw this beautifully carved Mandapam. I thought 'Aha, emi Mee bhagyamu' (how fortunate you are). Common people relaxing in a piece of history & beauty. Pillars with Yali.
Ahobilam is the abode of Narasimha Deva. Located in Nallamala forests of Kurnool dist, it is 60 km from Nandyal. It has 9 forms of Narsimha. Divided into Eguva (upper) Ahobilam & Diguva (lower) Ahobilam, it has 4 temples apiece & a temple on the way up called Karanja Narasimha.
Karanja Narasimha is so called as he is installed under a Karanja tree. It has a stone tortoise beneath a tree. It has pieces of carved pillars at the entrance with carvings of Ganesh, Balakrishna, Gajalakshmi, Vishnu & Hanuman.
The atmosphere is very peaceful & divine.
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YAGANTI
The abode of Umamaheshwara Swamy, situated in Erramala hills of Kurnool district, AP.
Yaganti, is a well known temple of AP, which has the growing Nandi. The shrine is supposed to have been worshipped from the time of Agastya Maharshi.
As we enter, we see the famous Pushkarini. It is beautiful and though no one knows the source of water, it is with water throughout the year. People believe that the water here is healing in nature. We can walk all around the pushkarini in the pillared mandapam.
The pushkarini has carved panels all around, which was a delight to see. By the time we reached, the light was fading and maybe that is why my pics are not so crisp.
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