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Gandikota, Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh, India



Sri Ranganatha swamy is the main deity of this temple and an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. There is no deity inside Madhavaraya temple.

Interesting Facts

  • Gorge fort, it is guarded by a huge entrance gate that’s 20 feet high and 101 bastions each over 40 feet high.
  • Situated on the banks of river Pennar.

Best Season To Visit

The best season to visit the temple is Winter season. The best months to visit are September to February.


Highest - April to June (38 °C during day and 22°C during night)Average - May (33.7 °C during the day and 25 °C during night)Lowest - October to February(26 °C during day and 17 °C during night)Monsoon season - June to September

Dress Code

  • For men the dress code is Shirt & Trouser, Dhoti or Pyjamas with upper cloth.
  • For women the preferred dress code is saree or half-saree with blouse or chudidhar with pyjama and upper cloth.
  • Shorts, mini-skirts, middies, sleeveless tops, low-waist jeans and short-length T-shirts are not allowed.

Do's & Dont's

  • Do bathe and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do respect ancient customs and co-piligrims while at temple.
  • Smoking and drinking is prohibited in this temple.
  • Chewing betel leaves, tobacco, gutka and spitting inside temple is strictly prohibited.

transport connections

Name Distance Contact Number
APSRTC Jammalamadugu
15.2 KM 9959225786
Jammalamadugu Railway Station
17.8 KM 7995087668
Kadapa Airport
77 KM 0856-2200130
Tirupati International Airport
222 KM 0877-2275354


Madhavaraya Swamy Temple is facing towards East direction and style of architecture is Vijayanagara style. The temple has a Five-tiered gopura. The carvings of fish and tortoise seen inside the dwaram (entrance),There are small statues and sculptures of Hindu Gods carved over the gopuram. The entrance in the centre has four vertical jambs, all decorated with the figure of women standing under verticle creeper design and dwarapalakas. Madhavaraya Swamy temple has small statues and sculptures of Hindu Gods carved over the walls of the temple. Many of the stone carvings depicted stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata. There is only one inscription available from Madhavaraya Swamy temple. This inscription found on a slab at the entrance of second mandapa of the Madhavaraya swami temple. It is a votive record, and states that certain Ramakrishnayya son of Gundraju Krishnamaraju, his wife Akkamma, Mangamma, his son Anumanth and others, Krishnama Raju, Papa Timmaraju, Banama Basavaaju have paid their homage and performed the tomala Kaimkarya to the god Madhavarajaya.

Ranganatha Swamy temple Temple is facing towards East direction and style of architecture is Kakatiya architectural style. This temple don't have a Gopuram and most part of the temple is in ruins. Ranganatha Swamy temple has numerous vaishnava sculptures all over the wall. Fifteen inscriptions are available (13 in Telugu language and 2 in Sanskrit) in and around the fort of Gandikota. The dates of of the inscriptions fall mostly from Kakatiya period to Vijayanagara period. Out of the fifteen inscriptions, seven inscriptions are incomplete and some of them are lable inscriptions and they do not contain much information.

Mandapams & Pillars : Madhavaraya Swamy temple has a huge courtyard had pillared mandapas running on all the sides. It consists of a garbha griha, antarala and arthamandapa, supported by six pillars three in each row. The carvings depict several scenes such as musicians playing instruments. The Mukhamandapa is a square structure. It has two porches on either side and the mahamandapa in the east. All the pillars have Vijayanagara capitals. The mahamandapa, raised on pratibandha type of adhistana, has twenty four pillars arranging in four rows of six each. The pillars having vyala brackets and pillars with projecting pilates are employed in this mandapa. The other mandapas, located in the courtyard of Raghunatha swamy temple, possess simple chitrakhanda type of pillars. All the pillars are crowned by capitals having lotus corbels. The ceiling of the mahamandapa consists of astakona design enclosing padmasila.

Ranganatha Swamy temple is in the courntyard is the Natya or Ragamantapa in the south-west comer.The temple has a garbhagriha, antarala and a pillared mukhamandapa. The pillars are profusely carved, depicting scenes from Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavata. There are 4 rows of pillars with 5 in each row, on the exterior of the garbhagriha, there are several line drawings depicting Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuma, Mahishamardani and scenes of Dasavataras.There are also erotic figures in the adhisthana part. The pillars of the mahamandapa of the Ranganatha swamy and the Madhavaraya temples of Gandikota, contain many sculptures. The pillars of the mahamandapa carry sculptures of Surya, Narasimha, Vamana, Rama, Varaha, Kurma, Matsya, Yoganrasimha, Krishna, Lakshmi Narasimha, Govardhana giridhari.

There are also a number of water reservoirs, in the form of tanks like the Rajula Cheruvu, Kattula Koneru, etc., and a number of well. Red granite. Gandikota surrounding landscape also includes monolithic boulders of red granite.

Religious Significance

Madhavaraya Swamy temple was built in 16th Century A.D. by Sri Krishna Deva Raya. Ranganatha swamy temple was built in 15th Century A.D. by King Sadasivaraya. Vijayanagara Rulers has contributed for these temples. The idol of the temple and many sculptures are destroyed during invasions but the ornately decorated mandapa is still intact.

Temple Timings

Day Timings
All Days 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM



Airport Name Distance
Shamshabad 40 KM
Lorem Ipsum 12 KM

Railway Stations

Railway Station Name Distance
Secunderabad 10 KM
Nampally 12 KM
Begumpet 6 KM
Lingampally 20 KM

Bus Stations

Bus Station Name Distance
kukatpally 20 KM
Lingampally 30 KM
Uppal 35 KM

Private Transports

Transport Name Distance Contact Number
Private Transport 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757

Local Transports

Transport Name Distance Contact Number
Local Transport 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757

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