and Dharanikota. Which is adjacent, were the seats of the ancient Andhra Emperors and the
place is full of antiquities of the greatest archeological value.
The lofty temple of
Amareswara stands on the bank of the holy river Krishna, and is situated at a spot on the
river Krishna where it takes a north-to- south course, while the main river flows from
west to east.
Such spots where the river takes a different course for short distance are considered
to be very holy places, where temples are normally built.
The origin of the temple shrouded in mystery, though there are many legends, Puranic
and historical, about it.
But the sanctity and the holiness of the place attract even
now thousands of pilgrims.
The temple is situated right on the bank of the river
Krishna and is surrounded on all the four sides by towering gopuras of the usual Dravidian
The vimana of the tenable also' shows the same style of
architecture. There is one legend that the temple was originally Buddhist in origin and
later on this was readapted for Hindu worship.