Kollapur Madhava Swamy, Somasila & Jatprole Lord Shiva, Sri Rangapuram Ranganayaka Temples
Historical places commonly found near to the rivers because of the water sources. Krishna is the sacred river in south, which holds many important and holy temples on it's banks. There are many historical temples on the left bank of river Krishna in Telangana region which includes Kollapur, Somsila and Jatprole etc. These temples are shifted from submersed places by Srisailam Dam backwater to present areas to preserve the ancient temples.
Kollapur Madhava Swamy Temple
The Madhava Swamy temple at Kollapur was built by King Sri Surabhi Madhava Rayalu of the Jetprole Rajas of Jetprole during the 16th century A.D. on the left bank of River Krishna, at Manchalakatta village. The architecture of the temple is exceedingly beautiful. All around the temple walls the beautifully carved sculptures depict the 24 aspects of Vishnu and the Dasa-Avatars of Vishnu. Due to the submergence under the waters of Srisailam Dam, the temple was shifted and transplanted at Kollapur in the year 1989 from Manchalakatta village.
Somasila Lalitha Someswara Swamy Temple
Sri Lalitha Someswara Swamy Temple is a highly revered shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed to have been built during the 7th century. Somasila village consists of total 15 temples. These temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva and are enshrined with several Shivalingas. The temple was shifted from old Somasila village to higher altitude to protect it from being submerged in Krishna water during the construction of Srisailam Dam. The surroundings of Somasila are also known for its scenic beauty.
Jatprole Madana Gopala Swamy Temple
Jatprole or Jataprolu is popular for two temples known as Madana Gopala Swamy Temple and a group of Shiva temples including the famous Agasthyeswara Swamy. The temples were moved to Jetprole from the villages of Malleswaram and Manchalakota during the construction of Srisailam.
Madana Gopala Swamy temple, also known as Venu Gopala Swamy temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. It was built by Rajas of Jetprole during the 16th century. The temple possesses a huge gopuram with large wooden gates followed by spacious Sabhamandapa, antarala and the sanctum. The pillars in the Sabhamandapa are beautifully carved in Vijayanagara style. The temple has entrances on four sides and there are several sub-shrines within the temple complex.
10th century Shiva Temples
Adjacent to Madana Gopala Swamy temple, there are a group of 5 Shiva temples and 300 meters from Madana Gopala Swamy temple there is also a group of 20 Shiva temples. All the Shiva temples were shifted from nearby villages and were originally built during 10th century. About Some of these temples consist wonderfully built mandapas, pillars and gopurams.
Srirangapuram Ranganatha Swamy Temple
Srirangapuram temple situated at an island formed by 'Ratna Pushkarini' lake and is renowned for the Sri Ranganathaswamy temple. There is an interesting story behind this temple. It is said that the King Krishnadevaraya, Vijayanagaram ruler once went to Srirangapuram and was mesmerized by the beauty of Sri Ranganayaka Swamy Temple there. And then he decided to construct a Ranganayaka Swamy Temple in his kingdom. Later, Ranganayaka (Lord Vishnu) appeared in his dream and told the king that his idol is lying in the kingdom and an eagle would direct him to that place. And it is said that succeeding day Krishna Devaraya followed the eagle and found the idol between Kothakota and Kanvyapalli mountains. The temple was constructed near Ratna Pushpakarni Lake in the kingdom.
Temple History & Architecture
Tall and huge Gopurams and numerous mandapas make this temple architecturally attractive. The temple was built by the Rajas of Wanaparthy Samsthanam in 18 A.D. The temple is surrounded by lush greens and beautiful sacred water flow behind the temple.
Krishna-Left-Bank Temple Images
Kollapur - Madhava Swamy Temple
Madhava Swamy ancient shrine and Mandapam
Somasila - Group of 15 Shiva temples belongs to 7 A.D.
Jataprole - Madana Gopala Swamy temple
Gaint gopuram of Madana Gopala temple
Group of 5 Shiva temples at Jatprole village
Agasthyeswara temple among 20 Shiva temples of 10 A.D.