Monday, December 5, 2016

Sri Chintala Venkataramana Swamy Temple, Tadipatri

This beautiful temple in Tadipatri is right in the heart of the city. It is believed that the temple was built in the mid 16th century by Sri Thimma Naidu under the orders of the Vijayanagara kings.

The temple has lofty gopura that has been partially destroyed by the earthquake. But it has been rebuilt recently.

This magnificent temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is built on 5 acres of land. 

The deity in the sanctum is 10 feet high. Once in a year, the sun rays touches the feet of dirty for 3 days continuously. These sun rays pass through the holes of monolithic chariot that is about 70 m away from the deity.

The hall in front of the Sanctum has beautiful pillars of different shapes and that have amazing sculptures on it.

The carvings of episodes of the Ramayan, Mahabharatha and Bhagavatha have been carved beautifully around the Garba Griha, Madhya Ranga, the Astana Mandapa and the Kalyana Mantapa. The carvings are very explicit and they express the story. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Guru Padmasambhava, Samdruptse

The main tourist attractiion in Samdruptse is tall statue of Guru Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rimpoche. 

This wide gigantic 45m high statue of Guru Padmasambhava over the forested Samdruptse ridge and is visible for miles around.

Painted in shimmering copper, pink and bronze, the statue of the hallowed Buddhist leader sits atop a giant lotus plinth. 

Within the complex, there are some splendid art and crafts objects such as statues, several paintings, and other artefacts. 

The walls of the complex are adorned by attractive sculptures and paintings.