Temples of Guntur District is a district with large surface area, depending mostly on agricultural benefits. However, industrial development takes place on a medium scale. The city of Guntur is special with religious diversity being a major part of the communal harmony. Ancient Vedic principles, Israeli, Jewish, Islam and Christian faiths reside collectively. However, Hindu architecture reigns in big and small towns and villages, and also in various temples in Guntur, like- Mangalagiri Pankala Swamy Temple, Kotappakonda Temple, Shri Anjaneya Swamy Temple, Sri Laxmi Chennakesava Swamy Temple, The Temple clusters of Amaravati, Hinkar Tirtha Jain Temple, Kesanapalli Buddhist Centres, Swamy Temple and the Tenali Temples. Ponnuru can be considered a temple town, with half of the temples situated in this area. Some others include-Amaralingeshwar Temple, Brahmalingeshwara Temple, Diada Temple, Kakani Malleswara Swamy Temple, Kapotheswara Temple, Nageshwara Temple, Laxmi Narasimha Temple.
The common factor noticed in almost all the temples are that, they are dedicated to Lord Shiva in His various manifestations. Some of them, devoted to earthly versions of heavenly saints (Swamy) can also be noticed. Most of these constructions happened during the time of King Krishnadeva Raya, the Chalukya Kings, saturated with legendary lore. The time period dates back to the 10th-14th centuries with lofty gopurams (inner ceiling), and built entirely of stonework.
Kapoteeswara Temple is probably the only temple in the whole of India dedicated to Lord Siva as Kapotheswara. The temple has three types of architecture - the Nagara, the Vesara and the Dravida, with distinguishing features seen in the Vimana over the main shrine of the temple. There are a number of halls in front of the main shrine and one contains a large Nandi facing the entrance.
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(Last Updated on : 02-04-2013)