16th century temple discovered in Krishna district


16th  century temple discovered in Krishna district

Temple has huge potential to be developed into a tourism spot, say officials

Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple at Dwaraka Nagar of Chandralapadu in Krishna district.— Photo: BY ARRANGEMENT

Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple at Dwaraka Nagar of Chandralapadu in Krishna district.— Photo: BY ARRANGEMENT

The Archaeology and Museums Department has discovered an ancient Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple at Dwaraka Nagar of Chandarlapadu mandal in Krishna district.

The temple, dating to the 16th century A.D., was found when a team led by Assistant Director of Archaeology and Museums Department S. Bangaraiah went to inspect Sri Someswara Swamy temple atop a hill abutting Krishna River at Gudimetla village of Chandarlapadu in Nandigama. “While visiting the Sri Someswara Swamy temple, we noticed a small structure on a hillock and went there only to find an ancient Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple,” said Mr. Bangaraiah.

Unidentified persons had partially damaged statues of ‘Dwarapalakulu’ at the entrance of the main shrine. The lintel beam and ‘kalasa’ portion of the temple were also found broken, while the rest of the structure remained intact. Hanging lotus buds, ‘makaras’ (crocodiles) and floral designs reflect the style of Vijayanagara regime, according to Mr. Bangaraiah. It’s an 80-km drive to the temple from Vijayawada.

According to Museum officials, the Revenue Department authorities are verifying details of the temple with the records available with them to submit a report to Mr. Bangaraiah who will, in turn, send a compliance report to the head office in Hyderabad before it is forwarded to the government.

The government will issue a notice inviting objections, if any, in 90 days before declaring the religious structure a protected monument under the control of the Archaeology and Museums Department.

Senior officials said that both Sri Someswara Swamy temple and Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple have huge potential to develop them into tourism spots as they were located on the hillocks facing the Krishna River. The other side of the river is Thullur, where the new capital for the State is coming up.

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India’s tallest Hanuman statue to be ready by May


India’s tallest Hanuman statue is being constructed near Madapam in the Narasannapeta Mandal.- PHOTO: By ArrangementA devotee’ dream becomes a reality in Srikakulam district.

A devotee’s dream has become a reality within 8 years with the construction of India’s tallest Hanuman statue at Madapam, Narasannapeta mandal of Srikakulam district. The devotee Jayi Ramanamurty, a common man, dreamt in 2005 that the tallest statue for Lord Anjayaneya will be constructed on the banks of Vamasadhara river. His dream was not taken seriously initially but slowly devotees came forward with donations to make the project a reality.

In the beginning, a devotee M.S.N. Raju of Cheepurupalli contributed Rs.10 lakh and hundreds of other devotees collected around Rs.70 lakh to execute the project within the stipulated time. It is estimated that the entire project cost would be around Rs.1 crore after the construction of temple and meditation centre which are essential for devotees to spend more time after offering prayers at the statue.

The construction of the project with proposed 176 feet height began in 2005 and it is going to be completed in May 2015.

Special prayers will be offered to Lord Anjayaneya on May 23, 2014, on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti. Currently, the tallest statue with 150 feet height is located at Kurukshetra near New Delhi. Another statue with 136 feet height is situated near Paritala of Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh.

Now, mobile apps for fishermen


The Chennai-based M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) has provided fishermen-friendly mobile applications to boat operators who venture deep into the Bay of Bengal. The MSSRF, in collaboration with technology-provider Qualcomm Company, distributed some 20 hand-held devices with the app. to select boat operators belonging to Gilakaladindi and Campbellpeta areas in Krishna district. The services provided by the app include tracking potential fishing zones, ocean state forecast such as length of the waves in the sea and weather conditions. The hand-held device would also provide market information, news and government schemes meant for fisher folk. “The beneficiaries all depend on fishing for a livelihood. They were trained in the operation of the application and the mobile,” said Machilipatnam based MSSRF representative D. Srinivasa Rao. The app provides data both in English and Telugu. Plans are afoot to cover more boat operators in Krishna district once the application is proved worthy.

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