The temple town of Hemavathi is famous for
the Doddeswara Swamy temple built during the Pallava reign. The stone used
in making the
idols sounds like metal
when struck and is also remarkably polished. A Nandi made of black basalt granite
8 feet in length
and 4 feet in height, sits at the entrance.
There is a 6 feet tall Lingam installed inside
the sanctum sanctorum. The temple area houses and two other temples are
dedicated to Lord Shiva, called the Siddeshwara
Swamy Temple and Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple.
There is a museum inside which has a display
of rare idols of historical importance. Some distance away are the Gorantla
Temples which are all of worth visiting.