Monday, December 15, 2014

Tadipatri - Sri Bugga Ramalingeshwara Temple

 Sometime back, while researching on the incomplete Raja Gopurams built by the Vijayanagar Kingdom, I stumbled upon Bugga Ramalingeshwara Temple of Tadipatri. The gopuram of this temple is one amongst the five such incomplete Raja Gopurams, the others being at Hampi, Melukote, Srirangam  and Mahabalipuram (last two being located in Tamil Nadu). Although these gopurams were initially planned to be completely built  in a day's time, they remained incomplete as the sculptors were cheated by a fake cock-a-doodle-doo (representing the emergence of a new day). The Raja Gopuram of  Bugga Ramalingeshwara at Tadipatri is supposedly the most beautiful and intricate of the five. The temple is situated on the bank of the river Pennar (which was dry during our visit in the peak monsoon season).
The Grand Entrance 
   The temple of Bugga Ramalingeshwara was built ten years earlier than Sri Chintala Narasimha Swamy temple.  Though the architecture of this temple is simpler compared to the later, its gopuram is undoubtedly the most remarkable. We were amazed by its beauty and spent a good time exploring the magnificent gopuram. It stands tall to tell stories of the glory of the Vijayanagar kingdom.
Sri Bugga Ramalingeshwara Temple - Tadipatri
The Incomplete Glory 
The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and inside the garbagriha is the idol of Lord Shiva in the form of a linga at the pedestal of which is a continuous flow of water, considered to be holy.
Tadipatri is about 260 km from Bangalore and the roads from Bangalore to Tadipatri are in good condition.
The Incomplete Gopuram 


  1. What a beautiful, amazing and incredible place!! Your pics are superb as always and the detail you've captured is awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing the beauty and the history!! Have a great week!!

  2. Beautiful! This looks much grandeur than Melkote.

  3. Intricate! does it not resembles the Hoysalans?

  4. Nice Temple!! I was in Tadipatri few weeks ago but could not visit this Temple due to time constraints. Will visit it sometime.

  5. I had been to this temple some years back, missed posting on it.
    Wonderful pictures.

  6. This is a beautiful temple. I'm glad you discovered it in your research and got such wonderful photos of all the details.

  7. an incredible amount of detail in that structure!

  8. cool collection with nice details :)

  9. Wonderful captures and interesting information. Amazing treasure!