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Chalukyan temple discovered, Macherla, Guntur

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Chalukyan temple discovered

P. Samuel Jonathan, The Hindu, Date:24/05/2010


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Guntur - An ancient Chalukyan temple dating to the 7th century AD has
been discovered at Terela village in Durgi mandal, about 10 km from
Macherla in Guntur district.

The temple was discovered accidentally by Ruchi Singh, former history
department faculty of the University of Hyderabad, who is now working
on a project on 'Heritage and Cultural Tourism in Andhra Pradesh',
supported by the South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur.

Chance discovery

Ms Singh told The Hindu on Saturday that it was a chance discovery
when she had gone on research work to the Siddeshwara Swamy temple at
Terala along with her husband who is Guntur Range Chief Conservator
of Forests Anoop Singh.

The mast or the top portion of the temple, consisting of the
'garbhagriha', is the only visible portion and the entire structure
is believed to have been buried under earthen mounds. It is currently
situated at the centre of a village tank.

Ms. Ruchi Singh said that the temple, known as 'Ankalamma gudi or
Roopalamma gudi' in local parlance, lies in the Brahmanaidu Cheruvu.
The plan of the temple is surprisingly similar to modern temples.

A close look at the architecture of the temple suggests that the
sculptors used iron dowels in the joinery of the stones, which was a
typical western Chalukyan feature. Director of Archaeology and
Museums P. Chenna Reddy confirmed the authenticity of the temple and
said that the unique shrine would be protected by his department
under the provisions of A.P. Archaeological Remains and Historical
Monuments Act-VII of 1960.

Domain of Chalukyas

Professor of History at University of Hyderabad K.P. Rao said that
the discovery had revealed that Guntur district was a domain of the
early Chalukyas also known as the Western Chalukyas or the Chalukyas
of Badami, who ruled from Karnataka.


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