Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Day Three


Srujan Chowdary, the younger host brought us to Srk Grand for lunch. We had the best biryani rice of different flavours in town. Very fragrant and delicious. We asked for a landmark to sketch and he brought us to the nearby village temple called Tallayapalem Temple or Sri Saiva Kshetramu Temple. It had a multi-level tower entrance and it was the most famous Lord Shiva Temple in Tallayapalem, Thulluru Mandal Guntur District in Andhra Pradesh.

I had never seen so many lingams in my whole life and you could find different shiva lingams made in mercury, spatica, stone and crystal etc. Even the temple walls were adorned with lingam graphics everywhere. Lingam is an abstract or iconic representation of the Hindu deity, Shiva, used for worship in temples or shrines. In traditional Indian society, the lingam is seen as a symbol of the energy and potential of Shiva himself.