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.
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.
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).
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.
The closest airport near this temple is in Kadapa.
Kadapa is the nearest Train Station.
This temple is well connected by Kadapa.
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.
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