Ranganatha Swamy Temple is an ancient Hindu Temple situated inside the fort complex of Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh. Adjacent to Jamia Masjid, it is one of prime places to visit in Gandikota.
Raganatha Swamy Temple in Gandikota is a complex system of pillars, hallways, and corridors. Though there is no statue inside the sanctum, but remnants of the temple are ideal for photographers. Made out of red granites, the temple is a small one but the architecture and sculptures in the premises are typical of Vijayanagara temples.
The sheer size temple is currently in ruins but there are mantapas and pillars along the perimeter of the temple. The carvings on the walls and pillars are still quite impressive. The Dasavathara stories have been sculpted on the pillars. Lord Narasimha killing Hiranyakasipu is the notable one.
One can take a leisurely walk along the temple premises and even witness some boulders with legible inscriptions still remain to fill the void in the picture of the present ruins of Gandikota Fort. If you climb up the ruined outer walls, you get a panoramic view of the hills on one side and Penna valley on the other.
The temple is made up of red granites. There is not any statue inside but remnants of the temple is ideal for photographers. Also there are Mantapas and pillar along the perimeter of the temple. Surrounded by a series of Mantapas and stone pillars, the temple would cue you a movie scene. It is grand; it is spectacular; unlike other temples, the serenity has been prevailing here for centuries. there is something mystical which would keep you engaged for hours even though there is not any single statue of any god. Air whistle through pillars, the life resonates within, eyes cant take of the stone stunners. They are abandoned once they must had their own life. Nothing seems to be permanent except the earth and sky.
It is located 77 Kms from Cuddapah and 15 Kms from Jammalamadugu.