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RAMALINGSWARA TEMPLE

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» Andhra Pradesh
Location : Tadipatri, Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh
Named After : Pemmasani Ramalinga Naidu
Known For : 'Swayambhu' (Self-Formed Linga)
Main Festivity : Car Festival On Shivratri

The Legends
Loctaed in Tadipatri in Anantapur district, Ramalingeswara temple is named after "Pemmasani Ramalinga Naidu". Local legends states that at the very same spot where the temple stands, sage 'Parasurama' lived and performed penance.

Rama Lingeshwara Temple,  Andhra PradeshIn this temple there is a perennial underground stream, from which water always oozes into the 'Garbha Gruha' (Sanctum Sanctorum) exactly at the spot where the 'Lingam' (idol) is consecrated. At the temple, the entire 'Shiva Purana' is carved in stone on the walls with delicate skill and in elaborate detail.

The Linga is said to be 'Swayambhu' (self-formed). The 'Tadipatri Kaifiyat' records that a sculptor 'Yellanchari' was brought from Benaras to construct the temple. It contains sculptures, illustrative of episodes from 'Ramayana' and the 'Mahabharata'.

The car festival is celebrated annually on Shivaratri day (February-March).

HOW TO GET THERE

Rail: Anantapur has a railway station and Guntakal is a railway junction. Tourists can get at any of these places and take bus to Tadipatri.

Road: It is well connected by road. APSRTC runs buses daily to this place from Anantapur. Tourists can access this place from Anantapur, which is 53-km away or Guntakal, 47-km away from this place.

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel accommodation is available at Anantapur.



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