Important temples in south India
Vinayaka temple in Kanipakam
Ganapati is first lord of the Hindus to do puja.
Kanipakam located in south Andhra Pradesh, India. Kanipakam is a famous Hindu temple for lord of Ganapati constructed in the eleventh century by Chola king Kulothunga Chola-I. It was further extended in year 1336 by the emperors of Vijayanagar Hampi.
Name Siddhi Vinayaka is the elephant headed God. He is son goddess of Parvati. Parvati is wife of lord Parameswara. Vinayaka is highly popular Indian subcontinent – wise irrespective of religions or regions. It is strongly believed that the certain have been stared with Om, a Bing bang, which in fact has taken the shape of lord Ganapati. Every Hindu compulsory offer his first worship to Ganapati alone, to new opens first pray of him. That is the specialty of lord. The Kanipakam vinayaka is the upholder of truth and any oath taken in his presence will be a gospel truth.
Kanipakam means the wetland. Lord Vinayaka emerged here from a well as swaymbhu. It is an acknowledge fact that this self-existed idol of lord, is continually growing in size. The well water is being used as thirtham. Even today the idol is in the original well that has no doubt a number of perennial and eternal spings. During the rainy seasons, the holy water from the well overflows. People strongly believe this as the miracle of Lord.
The lord Ganapati silently and invisible makes the sinners to feel guilty and repent for their sinful deeds. Thus the story vinayaka had spread far and wide. Ultimately he has become synonymous for Pramanam.
Tirupati is a great pilgrim center. Daily Lakhs together devotees are visiting there to Lord Venkatewsara.
Tirupati is one of the holy places of India. It is known as abode of Venkateswara swamy, lord of seven hills. It is situated in Chittoor district. About 10 kilometers North West of Tirupati, at an elevation of 2,500 feet, is the sacred hill of Tirumala. At the summit of the sacred hill of Tirumala is a temple dedicated to Venkateswara. This temple is located among sacred waterfalls and tanks. The temple gopuram is endowed with gold coated cover. It is one of the most important pilgrimage centers in India.
Many rituals are performed to lord Venkateswara every day. Different festivals are celebrated through out the year. Brahmotsava is the most important festival amongst these.
Lakhs of devotees visit this holy temple every day to have a darshanam of the lord and to take in the festivities.
Tirumala hills are endowed with natural beauty. Papavinasham waterfalls are on the hill.
Srisailam is situated on the banks of the river Krishna in Kurnool district. It is a well-known ancient Shaiva temple. In the puranas it is referred as srigri, sriparvatha and rudraparvata. The river ` Krishna ‘is called here as `
Patala Ganga’. This area is famous for plants of medical value. Pilgrims and tourists from all parts of the country visit srisailam.
Srisailam is located in dense forests of Nallamalla. The forest is inhabited by tribal. They regard the temple as very sacred.
Mahasivaratri is celebrated here on a grand scale. During Dasara days a festival is celebrated in Bhramaraba Devi temple.
The main deity of this temple is Mallikarjuna swamy. Bhramaraba is his consort. There are separate temples for these two deities.
The compound wall of the temple is very high. It is full of beautiful carvings of puranic stories.
Many historical inscriptions were found here. There is a belief that in the ancient times Chandragupta Maurya visited this place.
Lepakshi is situated about 15 kilometers from Hindupur in Anantapur district. It was here that Jatayuvu had fought with Ravana and Sri Rama consoled it saying, `` wake up, oh! Bird’’. This gave it the name Lepakshi.
Lepakshi is famous for its huge bull made of a single stone. It is 8.1 meters in length and 4.5 meters in breadth. It is famous for its ornamentation and life- like expression. It is considered as the most prominent Nandi statue in India.
Five – headed Mahalingam is another important sculpture of this place.
Lepakshi is also famous for its paintings. The painting depicts the life of Virupanna who was a subordinate to Vijayanagar kings.
Amaravati is also a holy place for Hindus. The temple of Amaralingewsara swamy is considered to be one of the five aramas of Andhra Pradesh. The other temples found here are the kondana Ramaswamy temple and the Ramalingeswara swamy temple. Amaravati is a very famous tourist center.
Amaravati is situated on the banks of river Krishna. It is 30 kilometers from Guntur. It was a Buddhist center in the ancient times. The Buddhist stupa at amaravati was on of the largest in India, though only traces of it now remain.
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