(Last Updated on : 18/09/2010)
Cuddapah district primarily can be said to be an agricultural and industrial region, laying stress on the metropolitan future. The district thrives on admired tourist attractions, forests, forts and of course religious institutions. Mosques, Buddhist architecture and Hindu temples dominate the structural map of Cuddapah. Some of the numero uno are- Chennakesava Swamy Temple, Siddheswaraswamy Temple, Vrushabha Chaleswara Swamy Temple, Eswari Devi Temple, Sudarshana Chakra Temple, Pushpagiri Temple Complex and Veeranjaneya Swamy Temple. Almost all of these temples mentioned are consecrated to the chief gods/goddesses of Hindu mythology, like Vishnu, Shiva, Parvati or Hanuman. The temples of Cuddapah District are reminiscent of ancient architectural style, dating back to as old as the times of Mahabharata and Ramayana. Jain shrines dating back to the 14th century are considered extremely sacred to the pilgrims, located in Danavulpadu in Cuddapah district. Medieval caves enshrining local gods/goddesses are also visible, dotted around the rocky terrain of the district. Cuddapah is also known as 'Kadapa' nowadays, because it is regarded to be the gateway to the sacred hill-Pagoda of Shri Venkateshwara of the iconic Tirupati. Historians describe Cuddapah as a handsome place, lined with exquisite temples-bearing lofty gopurams, floral motifs on temple walls, scenes depicted from epics and of course elaborately engraved pillars.
Chennakesavaswamy Aalayam Temple
The Channakesava temple forms an integral part of Pushpagiri temple with mini-shrines and a two-storied tower over the gate. It was built by a Chola king and has the Vesara type of architecture. The idol is six feet in height.