Chintala Venkataramana Swamy Temple - Tadipatri - History, Timings & Entry Fee


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Distance (From Anantapur): 57 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour

Place Location: 1 Km From Bugga Ramalingeswara Temple

Transportation Options: Cab / Auto / Walk/Trek

Travel Tips: This place is 1 km from Bugga Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple and both places can be visited together

At a distance of 1 km from Bugga Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple, 3 km from Tadipatri Railway Station, 57 km from Anantapur, 106 km from Kadapa, 356 km from Hyderabad, 413 km from Vijayawada and 268 km Bangalore, Sri Chintala Venkataramana Swamy Temple is a famous temple located in Tadipatri town of Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, who is in the divine form of Venkataramana Swamy.

This temple is believed to have been built in 16th century by Timma Naidu, son of Ramalinga Naidu, a chieftain of Vijayanagar Kingdom. It was built during the same time as the Vittala Temple of Hampi in a similar manner. Most of the features of these two temples bear close resemblance to each other, being built on a similar ground plan. While the stone chariot here is compact and small in size when compared to the famous stone chariot at Hampi.

Originally the temple was called Chintala Tiruvengala Natha Swamy Temple. Spread across 5 acres of land, this temple is built according to the Silpa Sastras. The carvings of episodes of the Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavatha are seen around the Garba Griha, Ranga Mandapa, Mukha Mandapa, Main Gopura and the Prakaraa.

The Mukhamandapa has forty pillars in the Vijayanagar style. Beyond the Mukhamandapa is a Rangamandapa, which has scenes of the Ramayana and rare sculptures of the Vishnu avatars. The idol of Lord Venkataramana Swamy is very beautiful and is a classical master piece of the Vijayanagar Kingdom. There are two other temples inside the complex, one dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and the other to Lord Anjaneya. There is a secret underground passage which believed to be leading to Gooty Fort. Currently, the tunnel is closed by the ASI. There is also a Thulabharam pillar, a typical trademark of the Vijayanagar culture. Inside the temple, every wall is covered with beautiful and delicate carvings of gods and puranic scenes.

The raja gopuram faces the east and is a solid structure, built using stone and brick. The stone part contains figures of Vidyadhara, Apsaras and Avatars, Elephants, Horses arrange in different levels.

The important festivals held in this temple are Diwali, Ramanavami and Brahmotsava that falls in the month of October.

Timings: 6 AM to 1 PM & 4 PM - 8 PM