Chintalarayaswamy Temple

Chintalarayaswami Temple

Andhra Pradesh India Venkateswara Temples

Chintalarayaswamy Temple or Sri Chintala Venkataramana Temple is a Hindu-Vaishnavite temple situated at Tadipatri, a town in Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh state, India. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, a form of Vishnu, who is referred to as Chintala Venkataramana. It is situated on banks of river Penna which is passing through the town. The Temple is known for its granite sculptures and is classified as one of the Monuments of National importance by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The temple has a Garuda mantapa built as Chariot with rotating granite wheels which is similar to the one found in Vithala Temple of Hampi.

Etymology

According to legend, it is believed that, the presiding deity Venkateswara was found in the Tamarind (Telugu:Chinta) tree and hence got the name Chintala Venkataramana.

History

The Temple was built during reign of Vijayanagara empire in mid 16th Century. Pemmasani Timmanayudu II, a subordinate of Krishnardevraya of Tuluva dynasty, built this temple. The initial structure may belong to Saluva dynasty, but the entrance towers belongs to Tuluva dynasty.

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