My photos from Andhra Pradesh
Population: 66 million
Area: 276,000 sq km
Best Time to Visit: October to February
Language: Telugu Literacy Rate: 45%
Andhra Pradesh is a state situated on the southeastern coast of India. It is India's fourth largest state by area and fifth largest by population. Its capital and largest city by population is Hyderabad. The State has the second-longest coastline of 972 km (604 mi) among all the States in India.
The primary official language of Andhra Pradesh is Telugu and Urdu is the secondary official language. An Andhra tribe was mentioned in the Sanskrit epics such as Aitareya Brahmana and Mahabharata Greek travellers and geographers who visited the Court of Chandragupta Maurya (322–297 BCE), mentioned that the region had three fortified towns and an army of 100,000 infantry, 200 cavalry, and 1,000 elephants.
Andhra Pradesh is an illustration of the diverse styles of temple building in the Indian subcontinent. The Chalukyan, Dravidian, Nagara and the Orissa idiom are seen in the construction of temples in this southern state. Tirupati is the best known of the temples of Andhra Pradesh, attracting millions of pilgrims throughout the year.
The history of Andhra Pradesh informs us about the the architectural styles of the temples situated here. This ancient temple of Tirupati is dedicated to Balaji or Venkateshvara.The Jyotirlingas of Shiva is placed in Sri Sailam near Kurnool. The Alampur Nava Bhramma Temples are built by the Chalukyas. It comprises of the nine ancient temples dedicated to Shiva and constructed after the 7th century. The North East of Andhra Pradesh was ruled by the Ganga Kings and built temples which reflect the Orissa style of architecture. The Sree Sailam temple and the embellished Lepakshi temples were built and patronized by the Vijayanagar Empire. Hanumakonda was the ancient capital of the Kakatiyas of Warangal. Thus, the temples of Andhra Pradesh acknowledges the history and the patronage of dynasties like the Cholas, the Pallavas, the Chalukyas of Deccan , the Eastern Gangas and the Vijayanagar Kings.
Tirupati - the most visited pilgrimage center in India. This ancient temple enshrining Balaji or Venkatachalapati is the most visited temple in India.