13th-century temple discovered at Pushpagiri Kshetram in Kadapa district

Source: The post is based on the article “13th-century temple discovered at Pushpagiri Kshetram in Kadapa district” published in The Hindu on 2nd March 2023.

What is the News?

13th-century Hindu temple ruins have been recently unearthed in a hillock in the Pushpagiri Kshetram in Kadapa district, Andhra Pradesh. The architectural features of the ruins reveal a style that is contemporary to a temple at Vallur, built by the Kayastha rulers.

About Kayastha rulers

The Kayasthas (1239 AD – 1297 AD) were subordinates to the rulers of the Kakatiya dynasty. In the history of the Kakatiyas, the Kayastha played a prominent role both as loyal subordinates and traitors.

They ruled the region with Vallur as the capital. Some rulers of this community were – Ganagaya Sahini (1239 – 1258 AD), Jannigadeva (1258 – 1268 AD), and Ambadeva II (1272 – 1294 AD).

The last ruler was Trupurari II (1294 – 1297 AD).

About Pushpagiri Kshetram

Pushpagiri is referred to as Hari-Hara Kshetra, as there are a number of temples dedicated to both Shiva and Vishnu. It is located on the banks of the Pennar river.

The hillock, also known as Pushpachala, is famous for the chain of temples dedicated to the pantheon of Hindu gods such as Chennakesava, Umamaheswara, Rudrapada, Vishnupada, Trikooteswara, Vaidyanatha, Subrahmanya, Vighneswara and Durga Devi.

Pushpagiri is also called the second Hampi due to its beautiful architecture.

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