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Amravati TemplePilgrimage or Tirthatan is the oldest form of travel in India, as millions of Hindus leave their home in search of Salvation. There are thousands of significant Pilgrimage centers scattered in all the regions of the state. Amravati situated in Andhra Pradesh on the right bank of river Krishna is a prominent spot for Pilgrims. It is approximately 65 kms from Vijayawada and once the erstwhile capital of Satavahana dynasty. A 2000-year-old Buddhist settlement, along with the great Buddhist Stupa is one of the foremost attractions of Amravati. The temple dedicated to Lord Amaresvara is also accountable in making the place a world-class travel destination.

Prime Pilgrimage Attractions of Amravati:

Amareswara: The temple Amareswara is dedicated to Lord Shiva located in the Sattenapalli Taluk of Guntur District, a prominent spot for devotees. Amareswara is considered as a revered spot specifically for its three features, the Krishna River, 'Sthalamahatyam' and Sri Mahalinga Murthy. Maha Shivaratri, ‘Magha Bahula Dasami' and the Navaratri and the 'Kalyana Utsavas' are the festivals celebrated with enthusiasm and excitement. This ancient temple of Lord Shiva enshrines a 15ft high white marble Shiva Lingam, and is enclosed on all the sides by towering gopuras of the standard Dravidian type of Architecture. The 'Vimana' of the temple also shows the same style of architecture. Amareswara is a significant holy place for both Buddhist and Hindus


               Shri Nrusinha Saraswati, AmravatiIt is believed that in this temple, Lord Siva is worshiped in the form of five lingams named as Pranaveswara, Agasteswara, Kosaleswara, Someswara and Parthiveswara. However the chief deities of the temple are Lord Amareswara and his companion, Bala Chamundika, the fourth of the 18 goddesses. There is no specific information is available regarding the origin of the temple. There also exist other deities inside the temple. Any account of Amaravati will not end without mentioning the world famed Buddha stupa.

The Great Stupa of Amravati: This great Stupa of Amravati is a 2000 years old construction holds taller than the stupa at Sanchi. It is better known as the Mahastupa and Deepaladinne (the Mound of Lamps) founded by great emperor Ashoka. It is decorated with 95 ft high podium, projecting in four cardinal directions. The stupa is built of brick with a round vedika and depicts Lord Buddha in human form, taming an elephant. The grand carvings representing pictures of everyday life of Lord Buddha of the Satvahna period, chaityas, viharas, murals and panels are the existing leftovers of the Buddhist influence. This well-known Buddhist sculptures made Amravati a worth place to tour.





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