March 24, 2013

Vittalapuram near Chennai

Site Name: Pramiki Vittala Temple  
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location:  Vittalapuram, near Mamallapuram, near Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: A beautiful temple by Vijayanagara kings
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai
Nearest Airport: Chennai
How to reach: Connected by road from Chennai
Hotel: Go to Chennai, Chenglepet or Mamallapuram
Restaurants: Go to Chennai or Mamallapuram

Vittalapuram is a small little known village near the popular tourist site Mamallapuram in South India. In this village, there is a temple dedicated to Vitthaleshwarar aka Pramiki Vitthala (a form of Lord Krishna). This temple was built during the reign of the Vijayanagara emperor Krishnadeva Raya in the beginning of the 16th century CE. It was built by the emperor's representative named Kondaiya Chola Maharaja.

The small beautiful temple is located in a calm atmosphere. The main deity Pramiki Vittala is found with both his hands resting on his hip. A unique feature in this temple is that he is found along with his two consorts Rukmini and Satyabhama. Generally, only Rukmini is found in the Vittala temples.

The temple built in the Vijayanagara architectural style has sub-shrines for the Goddess Santana Lakshmi, Ramanujar & Vishwaksena, Srinivasa-Lakshmi and Varadarajar-Lakshmi.

The flag post, bali peeth and Garuda idol are located facing the main shrine.

The idol of the main deity is extremely beautiful.

Happy travelling.

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