Bugga Ramalingeswara Swami Temple or Ramalingeswara Swami Temple is located around 4 kilometres from Tadipatri town of Anantapur district. It is the largest district in Rayalaseema region in the State of Andhra Pradesh, INDIA. The district headquarters of Anantapur District, is a combination of both city and village environments. Anantapur is a true destination of history, art, culture, and tradition.
Located exactly 58 kilometres from Anantapur, this place is the temple of Lord Shiva in the form of Ramalingeswara Swami. A must visit place for historians, as this temple is built in the 16th century.
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The name Bugga Ramalingeswara Swami Temple
Temple got its name because there is a very strange stream of subterranean water flow which means “flow of an underground water.” Bugga means “spring of water.” This spring of water flows into the main sanatorium where the Lingam is sanctified. Lingam means linga.
The water from the Bugga (the stream) is ever flowing with uninterrupted flow throughout the year. The devotees would collect them and treat it as a holy water.
Also, there is surrounding combination of deities which one should ensure to visit are Lord Rama along with Seeta and Laxmana; Lord Hanuman, and Parvathi. This place is truly a composite tour for all the devotees. The mini chariot which resembles the Chariot of Hampi is one of the chief attractions.
The History of Bugga Ramalingeswara Swami Temple
The temple seems to be built during the period between 1490 and 1509 by Ramalinga Naidu of the Saluva Dynasty of Vijayanagar. Though looted by the Muslim armies during battles, it was being open to public since 1800s after a significant revival by Thomas Monroe during the British Rule.
The Architecture of Bugga Ramalingeswara Swami Temple
The architecture of Bugga Ramalingeswara Swami Temple construction is labelled with the Vijayanagara Dynasty as well as the influence of Chola and Chalukya can be seen.
The main entrance is from south side through a monument spire which is called as Gopuram in the local language. There are also unfinished Gopurams on the west and the north side of the temple.
The archaeological records indicate that a sculptor from Benaras, Yellanchari was invited to build the temple. It is also believed that the Lord Shiva visited Ramalinga Naidu in a dream and asked to build the temple. The inscriptions and shilpa sastra on the walls of the temple display the main stories of Shiva purana as well as some of the episodes of Ramayana and Mahabharatha.
The legends say that the temple was the meditation site of sage Parasurama. There is also another legend which says that as the temple is near to the Penna river, by the river side, there is statue of a goddess standing upright by the staircase of the temple. The locals believe that once the water level from the river Penna reaches the naval point of the statue, the whole town would be flooded.
Span of the Trip to Bugga Ramalingeswara Swami Temple
The span of your trip to the Bugga Ramalingeswara Swami Temple would be a maximum of 4 to 5 hours, which is less than half-a-day. The eye-catchy carvings on the walls occupies a top place on your to-do list for the visit.
The appetite on your trip
As the state Andhra Pradesh‘s main staple food is rice, you can have very great meal with rice and multiple curries and definitely is a feast for your tummy.
Nearby attractions at Bugga Ramalingeswara Swami Temple
- Ahobilam Temple
- ISKON Temple
- Anantapur Clock Tower
- Chintala Venkataramana Swamy Temple
- gooty fort
- Mounagiri Hanuman Statue
- Penukonda Fort, etc.
Things to pack on your trip to Bugga Ramalingeswara Swami Temple
Of course, a great attire for the cause and plenty of water and some energy bars!! Apart from that a couple of extra batteries for your camera to capture the beautiful carvings on the walls of the temple.
To reach Bugga Ramalingeswara Swami Temple there are a lot of options including bus facilities, private transport, as well as public transport with great frequency. Railways as well as the roadways. A pocket saving and customized options and packages are available.
What are you waiting for? Pack your stuff for the most beautiful journey, the one which would on your top on the list of your memorable destinations.