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Alampur




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Hindu Books > Temples In States Of India > Temples And Legends Of Andhra Pradesh > Alampur

Alampur Temple : A freize depicting the Kiratarjuneeya story Page1

The principal temple is a cluster of shrines dedicated to the Nava Brahma’s. It is situated in a fortress and bears a striking resemblance to the Papanatha temple at Pattadakal.

The sikharas of these shrines have a curvilinear form outwardly, and are decorated with a network of miniature architectural devices such as Amalakas etc.

The Amalaka decoration occurs at the angles of the towers of Alampur and has a beautiful effect, since it naturally blends with the crowning masonry of the tower.

The inner plan and decoration of the Alampur temples bear no affinity to the temples of Orissa, though they bear strikingexterior resemblance.

On the other hand, they have a close similarity to some of the rock-cut temples of Western India. There are nine temples here.

The shrines are square in plan and have a passage for Pradakshina around them. The interiors of the temples are in imitation of the rock-cut temples, closed.

Carvings on the pillars are identical with the cave temples of Western India, and in the interior of these temples, one is often likely to wonder whether he is in a rock-cut shrine or in a structural temple.




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