Tadpatri (Tadapatri)

There are two interesting temples in Tadpatri built by the Vijayanagar kings.

The Venkataramana Temple (mid-16th century) is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It has an impressive gopuram and beautiful sculptures of the pastimes of Krishna and Rama. This temple is about 1km northeast of the bus station.

One km north of this temple is the Ramalingeswara Temple, situated on the south bank of the Pennar River. It has two impressive gopurams, outstanding sculptures, and pilastered walls encrusted with friezes of jewels, petals, and miniature scrollwork. The temple’s main shrine is dedicated to Lord Siva. There is a Siva-linga here whose stand is filled with water. There are also two other shrines—one dedicated to Parvati and the other to Rama, Laksman, and Sita.

Tadpatri is about halfway between Hyderabad and Bangalore. It is about 120km southwest of Ahovalam.