Gorantla Madhavaraya Temple Darsan Timings:
6:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Gorantla Madhavaraya Temple is located in Gownuvaripalli, Gorantla Mandal, Anantapur District. This shrine is dedicated to Lord Maha Vishnu and was built in the style of Vijayangara. Currently, this temple is under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India.
Gorantla Madhavaraya Temple History:
Gorantla Madhavaraya Temple was built during the dynasty of King Narasimha Saluva of the Vijayanagara Empire in 1354 AD. There is a mantap with beautiful Yaalis pillars in a totally different style and the pillars of the cornerstone are carved with Maha Vishnu’s Dasa Avatharam and other deities as well. The sanctuary has an ardha mandapam with pillars and ceilings with sculptures, it is enclosed in the walls. Garbha Griha has a small image of Lord Madavaraya. The main attraction of this temple is the Maha Mandapam with interesting scenes of Ramayana on the pillars. A big step well infrount the temple is another interesting place in the compound.
According to the district gazette and Mysore’s epigraphic report of 1912, the temple was built by King Narasimha of the Saluva Dynasty of the Vijayanagara Empire in Saka 1276 (1354). Between the period (1610-1904), the nose of the presiding deity (Madhavaraya Swamy idol) broken, rendering the idol ineligible for pooja. The temple has been declared a protected monument by the British government. The nose of the presiding deity being chiseled, daily rituals have eluding the temple.
The temple consists of a small room of the sanctuary, a large central room closed by walls and a large mandapa with pillars at the front. The most ornamental and interesting part of the building is the pillared porch. The flat parts of the massive pillars are decorated with bas-relief sculptures depicting scenes from Ramayana and Puranas. The entrances are richly carved with figures of Vaishnava. Garbha Griha has a small image of Lord Madavaraya. The historic site is full of sculptures and the Mandap Pillared is famous for its many stone carvings.
Gorantla Madhavaraya Temple Distance:
From Kadapa 153 KM via Kadapa – Pulivendula Highway and Hindupur.
From Chittoor 212 km via Kadapa – Chittoor Highway.
From Bangalore 126 km via NH 44.
From Chennai 347 km via NH 71.
From Vellore 276 km via NH 206.
How to reach Gorantla Madhavaraya Temple:
Temple is 210 km from the temple town of Tirupati. A.P.S.R.T.C run Direct bus are available from Tirupati to Anantapur.
Gorantla is 92 km from Anantapur Town. Direct bus are available form Anantapur Bus station to Madhavaraya Temple.
Nearest Railway station is at Kadiri.
Gorantla Madhavaraya Temple Address:
Main Road Gorantla,
Andhra Pradesh 515231