Chintala Venkataramana Swamy Temple
Chintala Venkataramana swamy temple is located in Tadipatri in Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh. It is located within 1 km from the Bugga Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple. The temple is dedicated to lord Vishnu whereas Bugga Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple is dedicated to lord Shiva.
The temple has typical dravidian architecture and is believed to be built during Vijayanagara period. The sanctum sanctorum is located within a compounded wall with a gopura at its main entrance. There are three shrines within this compound. One dedicated to Vishnu, another to Lakshmi and another to Anjeneya. Just opposite the gopura is the weighing scale pillars.
The temple has a Garuda mantapa in the form of a stone chariot like the famous Vitthala temple of Hampi and has scenes from Mahabaratha and Ramayana depicted in its walls. The Mukhamandapa is typical to other temples of the same period. It reminded me of Madhuvaraya Swamy temple of Gandikota.
The temple is under Archaeological Survey of India and is also active in the sense worship is happening in this temple. We had ended up a day after a day after some festival and looked like some local business man had sponsored for the events. Considering running a temple as a business and to make it self sustainable it should not depend on sponsors and should have a revenue model which will help it more sustainable. Unless something like that happens, maintenance of such temples will slowly perish.