Chennakesava Swamy Temple Pushpagiri

The Chennakesava Swamy Temple in Pushpagiri is one of the most beautiful temples in Andhra Pradesh partly due to its location on a hillock overlooking the penna River, but also because of its unique carvings.The slopes and the river bank are a popular picnic spot and you can easily spend a few hours here contemplating the picturesque landscape.

Overview

Interestingly, the sparring sects of Shaivites and Vaishnavites both revere the shrine. Behind the main temple in the complex, there is a smaller structure enshrining a Shivalinga. In an unusual ritual here, the care taker makes you strike the door jamb with pebbles to seek the blesings of the deity.Access to the temple is through a road running along the northern bank of the river. Another less convenient, but far more fun option is to go to the temple from the village of Pushpagiri by wading across the shallow river. 

Significance

Unlike most temples, one finds not only sculptures of deities here, but also magnificent scenes of wars, courts, dances and depictions of mythological anecdotes.The sculptures come in a range of sizes and embellish every structure-from the mandapa to the gopuram. And true to its name, Pushpagiri seems like a resplendent flower (pushpa) blooming on a hill (giri).

History

Based on its architectural style, the temple complex has been dated to the late Chalukyan/early Yadava period. There are numerous other shrines on the surrounding hills and below the temple-a total of 17 temples dating from the 11th to 16th century CE. Most of these are largely dilapidated and can be inaccessible at times due to the surrounding overgrowth.

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How to Reach

The closest airport near this temple is in Kadapa. 

Kadapa is the nearest Train Station.

This temple is well connected by Kadapa.

Best time to visit

  1. jan

  2. feb

  3. mar

  4. apr

  5. may

  6. jun

  7. jul

  8. aug

  9. sep

  10. oct

  11. nov

  12. dec

Timings: 5.00 am - 8.30 pm 

"One can pay a visit to the temple throughout the year". However, the best time is during the celebration of the festivals and Utsavam.

 

Highlights

St Mary's Cathedral:

Consecrated in 1992, the St Mary's Cathedral stands out amongst Kadapa's many churches.

Bhagawan Mahaveer District Archaeological Museum:

Established in 1982, the museum has a modest collection of inscriptions, statues, weapons, stone tools and miniature paintings.

Pedda Dargah:

The Ameen Peer Dargah or the pedda Dargah (literally 'big shrine'), as it is colloquially known, attracts not only devotees cutting across class and religious lines, but also celebrities.

Proddatur:

The city of Proddatur is an important business and trading centre. While there is not much to see here.

Danavulapadu:

Jainism flourished in Andhra Pradesh for more than a thousand years-roughly from 2nd century BCE to 13th century CE.

Brahmamgari Matham:

The temple of Brahmamagari Matham marks the place where the 17th century seer Pothuluri Veera Brahmendra Swamy attained samadhi(enlightenment).

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