State: Andhra Pradesh
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SRIKALAHASTI- A City of Architectural Marvels
Situated in Andhra Pradesh, Srikalahasti is a beautiful city which boasts of a large number of architectural wonders showcasing its heritage. This city derives its name from three words Sri, Kala and Hasti, which literally mean Spider, Snake and Elephant, respectively. These animals are believed to be Lord Shiva’s devotees and are said to obtain salvation with their faith in the lord.
Several temples are located in this city which attracts a large number of pilgrims. Some of the prominent temples of the region dedicated to Lord Shiva are Thondamanadu Sri Venkateshwara Swamy Temple, Gudimallam Temple, Sahasra Linga Temple and the Bhakta Kaannappa temple. These temples hold an important place among the Hindu community.
Vibrant and rich history of the region tells about its glorious past. Travelers can get a glimpse of the south Indian style of architecture in the beautifully carved interiors of these temples. As these shrines are present at higher altitude, a marvelous view of the area below can be experienced by the visitors. Dravidian architectural style can also be seen in some of the temples.
Along with the religious significance, this city is also well known for Kalamkari paintings which use beautiful combinations of colors. The fine texture of these paintings leaves an everlasting impression on the minds of the spectators. Tourists can indulge in shopping of these magnificent paintings which are done using natural dyes.
So plan a visit to this enchanting town and seek blessings from Vayulinga, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. This beautiful town with its intriguing myths and folklores is bound to leave its visitors amused.