Yadadri Temple

Anand Sai’s Role

Anand Sai envisioned this temple in a few moments of spiritual clarity. Over a period of the next few months, every morning, Anand would sketch out smaller parts of this temple to maximum detail. The first time he presented his vision to the CM of Telangana - he was bowled over by the clarity of thought, the detail, and the fact that despite seeing multiple people pitch the temple’s design - absolutely no one else had been so grounded and elegant.

The Yadadri Temple is Anand Sai’s life’s work - life’s love! He did it for the love of period architecture, his spirituality, and to help the temple town’s economy thrive. This temple will keep the artisans home’s filled with joy, to help their work make a mark on the world, and for the art to stay alive for a long time to come.

"Anand explaining the temple masterplan to Former President Pranab Mukherjee at Yadagirigutta in 2015".

Yadadri at a glance

The Temple:

Yadagirigutta (named after Yada Maharshi), is also known as Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple or Yadadri Temple, is a Hindu temple situated in Nalgonda district, Telangana, India. The temple is also known as Rishi Aradhana Kshetra or the place of worship for saints. The Aradhana and Puja are performed in the temple according to Pancharatra Aagama.

The Government of Telangana under the guidance of the Hon’ble CM Chandrasekhar Rao, has taken up the project of developing the divine shrine of yadadri and its surrounding areas. It includes the main temple renovation with more architectural features and forms, and also the areas in and around the temple hillock (spread on an area of 14.0 Acres) and downhill (spread on an area of 47.0 Acres).

The Details:

The Main Temple has six main areas and the Brahmothsavam space has four main areas. Each one has been designed by Anand Sai keeping the shastras in mind, all while focusing on making it so magnificent, that it would be hard to forget. Let’s take a quick tour of the main temple:

1. Garbhagudi:

The sanctorum is where the deity of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy self-manifested remains unaltered. The aayadi of the garbhalayam is done as per shastras. 

The manasutram of garbhalayam is 812 Sq Ft above which the vimana gopuram sits and weighs up to 1500 Tonnes . It’s restricted only to a 16 storied structure according to the Aagama Shastra. Hence, Anand adapted to a five storied structure made entirely of stone and is adorned with gold - helping it stand out and marking the significance of the Vimaanam. In the addition, Vaishnava Moorthis shall be sculpted on this gopuram. The palatial structure is decorated with small vigrahams between each layer of the gopuram. The pyramid structure of the gopuram depicts the resplendent Dravidian style of architecture.

2. Mukhamandapam:

The Mukhamandapam has been designed on two levels. It includes the Dhwajastabam, Garudalayam, Bali Peetham, 3 Upalayams: Alwar, Andal, Ramanuja Alwar, Sayanothasava Mandapam, Ashtothara Mandapam, and 12 Alwar Pillars.

Each one designed using splendiferous architectural elements, specifically the Alwar Pillars. 

3. First Prakaram:

The Garbhagudi and the Mukhamandapam are enveloped with the First Prakaram wall that’s built with stone work as per the Aagama Shastra. The external side of the first prakaram wall is adorned with intricate ornamental stone works with Salaharam, Deva Kostams, Jalakams and Vigrahams. It has Trithala Gopuram on the northeast corner. Chitrakanta Pillars are embossed on the Praakaram wall to add a royal touch. A Panchathala Rajagopuram with ornamental stone work is built on the west side giving it a lavish and rich look.

4. Second Prakaram:

Second Prakaram (42,055 Sft) has four clusters segregated by four richly adorned ornamental stone Rajagopurams at cardinal points of East, West, North and South. It comprises a 3'-0' ' thick wall, the Prakaram area (16,523 Sft), Inner Mandapams for different rituals, and Outer mandapams that have Astabhuji Mandapams with different types of Shikarams. The inner face of the wall is proposed with different Lakshmi Narasimha Kshetrams.

5. Gopurams:

The multi-storied stone “Gopuram” or the ceremonial entrance gateway, an ubiquitous structure in a South Indian temple, was a feature introduced in circa 14th c. AD in order to confer architectural status to structurally insignificant ancient shrines.

Anand kept one thing in mind while designing Gopurams: A Hindu Temple should be designed to maintain its ancient aesthetics, mysticism, philosophy, design principle, components, quality, nature and comfort, and should adhere to the Vasthu Shastra.

The Main Temple comprises 6 monumental Gopurams: 1 Trithala Gopuram, 4 Panchathala Raja Gopurams, and 1 Sapthathala Maha Raja Gopuram.

6. Maadhaveedhi & Venchepu Mandapam:

The Second Prakaram (outer mandapam) is surrounded by Madaveedhi (43,970 Sft) where the Ratham will be taken all-round the temple for Rathothsavam for different rituals during auspicious days. 

The Venchepu Mandapam weighs 500 Tonnes and is in front of the West Sapthathala Maha Rajagopuram exactly opposite to the main deity. At the time of Brahmothsavam the main deity is welcomed here for different rituals. It is believed that this Manadapam acts as a resting place when the lord is taken as a procession around the temple.