How to reach:
94 Kms from Ongole.
Situated on the banks of the Gundlakamma river
, this bustling town caters to 80% of the country's demand for slates
and slate pencils.
It is also a popular piligrim destination because of the Sri Lakshmi
Chennakesava Swamy temple , built by the Vijayanagar rulers between
1405-1459 A.D. Apart from magnificently sculptured gopurams , the
temple has a beautiful 40-pillered mandapam with carvings of Krishna
, Anjaneya , Garuda , Lakshmi &Vigneshwara with their respective
vahanas. In the Kalyana Mandapam there are 6 musical pillars that
produce the 7 musical notes when tapped.
The unique feature of the temple is that every year , from 16th
December to 14th January , the sun's rays at dawn enter the sanctum
sanctorm , through specially placed windows , and fall at the feet
of the deity. An incredible architectural feat that speaks volumes
of the expertise of the artisans of the age.