Contributed By AZEEZUNNISA SYED
Raayalu yelina seema-“Rayalaseema”, every place has a tale. Every region has its own history, culture, civilization etc. Anantapuram, the largest district and one of the most backward provinces in the state of Andhra Pradesh has many incredible places that highlight its significant past. Have a look at these attractions of Anantapur.
Under the rule of Sri Krishna Devaraya kingdom diamonds are sold like vegetables in the market. This place have approximately 365 temples. The fort have many temples and mosques inside and the two famous attractions are (i)Gagan Mahal Palace, which was constructed in 1575AD and the second capital of Emperor Sri Krishna Devaraya and (ii)Babayya Darga of Hazrat Baba Fakhruddin Suharwardy. Recently KIA Motors had constructed in Penukonda.
2.Ravadurg Gooty Fort
Shell shaped Gooty fort is one of the oldest hill forts in AP built during Tippu Sultan Era by Vijayanagar kings. Has 15 forts inside and earns the name ‘King of Forts’. “Nuvvante Na Navvu” song from Krishnagadi veera Prema Gaadha has been shot in this fort.
Excellent wonders bestowed by nature on the land, Thimmamma Marrimanu is a banyan tree spread across 5 acres of land which is the biggest in South India.
Dharmavaram is famous for cotton and silk weaving-industry, silk sarees are popular all over the world and exported to various countries. 2 Temples Sri Lakshmi Chennakesava Swamy and Ramalingeswara have excellent architecture. It is also known for its expertise in making leather puppets.
Penna Ahobilam Narasimha Swamy Temple was built on the banks of Penna rivulet 2800 feet above sea level. This temple was built in the footprint of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy measuring 5 feet 3 inches.
Main Ashram of Sathya Sai Baba located in the village of Puttparthi. Prasanthi Nilayam literally means “Adobe of the Highest Peace”. The devotees of Baba present all around the world. Sathyabhama Temple, Samadhi Shrine and Spiritual Museum also attract many.
It is famous for its handicrafts. Veerabhadra Temple, Lepakshi Temple, Nandi Bull and paintings are the must-visit places here. Veerapuram village is famous for bird sanctuary, the painted stork is a migratory bird that flies thousands of
miles and nests here.
8.Bugga Ramalingeswara Swami Temple
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is also known as Ramalingeswara Swami Temple. Here the underground water creeps into the Garbha Griha,the water drops onto the place where the Lingam is installed.
Built at a height of 2,727 feet above the sea level, the fort comprises of several temples within. Rayadurg is a town packed with monument harbouring rich cultural heritage.
The town itself has some of these attractions like ISKCON Temple, Anantapur Clock Tower, and few temples.
Apart from all the above places the following also worth a visit Mounagiri Hanuman Temple, Sri Chowdeshwari Temple at Amadagur, Sri kadiri Lakshmi Narayana Temple at Kadiri, Madhavaraya Temple at Gorantla, Chintala Venkataramana Swamy Temple in Tadipatri, Hemavathi Siddheswara Temple near Madakasira, Moharum Festival and Sri Anjaneya Swamy Temple at Gugudu, Nettikanti Veera Anjaneya Swamy at Kasapuram.