Doddeswara temple is considered as one
of the fine examples of temple architecture of India. The pillars
in the temple are examples of clean base mouldings. At Tiruvadi one
can see even now the 44 pillars, which were taken away by the Chola
monarch from Hemavati, to decorate the temple.
This temple is located in the northwest
part of Hemavati village. It is famous as Lord Shiva in this temple
is not represented in the usual form of Linga, but his figure has
been carved out in a sitting posture as if engaged in penance. The
temple exhibits carvings of good workmanship.
The shrine 'Chintala Tiruvengalanathaswami'
locally known as "Chintalarayaswami" was constructed during
the reign of Pemmasani Thimmanaidu and is named after the idol of
Vishnu, which is believed to have emerged from a tamarind tree. Erra
Thimma Naidu, another chief spent large sums of money in beautifying
the ceiling of the temple with paintings.
Ramalingeswara temple is named after
Pemmasani Ramalinga Naidu. Local legends state that at the very same
spot where the temple stands, sage Parasurama lived and performed
penance. The car festival is celebrated annually over hereon Shivaratri
This temple dates back to the 15th century
Vijayanagar Empire. The architecture of the temple shows a mixture
of Chalukyan, Chola and Vijayanagar art. The 'gopuram' although unfinished
has the most elaborate sculpture, cut with richness and sharpness.
Ramaswami And Isvara Temples:
These temples are preserved under the
Ancient Monument Act. There are carvings of scenes from Ramayana
and Mahabharata on the walls of these temples mostly after the Vijayanagara
style. These temples attract large number of pilgrims during Srirama
Navami and Duserra (also spelt as Dusshera) festivals.
It is located about 16 miles west of
Anantapur on the Anantapur-Kalyandurg road. Adjacent to the village
on the hill is the temple dedicated to Sri Narashimha locally known
as Mala Obulesuswami whose car festival is held annually and which
is also famous locally. Atmakur is also known for its Sheep and Wool
Extension Centre where the Bikaner breed of sheep is bred.
It is situated 28 miles from Kalyandurg
and is named after Bhairava whose temple lies on the hillock nearby.
This village became significant because of the Bhairavanitippa Project,
which harnesses the waters of 'Hagari' ('Vedavati').
Chitrachedu lies at a distance of 9
miles from Pamadi on the northern bank of Penneru. It has become
famous, as there is a stone image of Hanuman, hewn out of a rock
more than 25 feet in height, carrying Rama, Lakshmana and Sita on
his shoulders with Inderjeet in between his feet. It is reputed to
be the biggest of the idols of Hanuman in the district. It is locally
known as "Kotakonda Hanumantharayadu".
This is a village located 12 miles south
of Kalyandurg and is well situated amidst hills. Enumaladoddi is
having an Ashram dedicated to a saint of the Sri Radhaswamy faith.
The 'Teppalamma Banda' (a stone), situated to the south of the ashram
is visited by devotees praying for progeny and also for performing
Another interesting feature of this small
town is the existence of a "floating island". It is a small
irregular shaped island on earth. Some ten yards across at its widest
part, which lies in and nearly fills up, a hollow in the rock of
which the hillock consists.