Deity: Lord Shiva. These are Taraka Bhramma, Swarga Bhramma, Padma Bhramma, Bala Bhramma, Garuda Bhramma, Kumara Bhramma, Arka Bhramma, Vira Bhramma and the Vishwa Bhramma. These temples are all enclosed in a courtyard on the left bank of the river Tungabhadra. The Bala Bhramma temple is the principal shrine of worship. It dates back to 702 AD according to inscriptions here.
The Taraka Bhramma temple is partly in ruins, and has no image in the sanctum. It bears a telugu inscription from the 6th-7th century AD.
The Swarga Bhramma temple has an imposing tower and is considered the finest in Alampur. It is an excellent specimen of Chalukyan architecture and sculpture. It contains several sculptures in bas-relief, and it dates back to the end of the 8th century.
The Padma Bhramma temple is partly in ruins, and contains a Shivalingam of clear stone with a mirror like finish.
The Viswa Bhramma temple is among the most artistic of the Nava Bhramma temples. The sculptures here depict scenes from the epics.
Also enclosed in the courtyard is the Suryanarayana temple, dating back to the 9th century. This temple has bas-reliefs depicting the incarnations of Vishnu. There is also a Narasimha temple with inscriptions from the period of Krishnadevaraya of the Vijayanagar Empire.
(Last Updated on : 18-09-2010)
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