At a time, when Hindu temples in Andhra Pradesh (AP) have been increasingly coming under attack, reports have emerged of damage to the unique centuries-old Yaganti temple due to blasts during mining activity taking place in the area. According to available information, the temple has developed cracks as a result of the mining activities which is being attributed among others to CM Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSRCP party leaders as well.
It has come to light that corporate companies such as Maha Cement (earlier known as Jiyo Jyothi), local YSRCP leaders and others have undertaken mining in the vicinity of the temple although 12 mining leases have been suspended some years ago.
Archaeology department is now examining the extent of damage caused to the temple and send a detailed report regarding the same to state authorities. Department officials also said that they have erected temporary support for the stone beam of this unique ancient temple that has now developed cracks.
Deccan Chronicle says:
Archeology conservation assistant Y. Dhaka Reddy said mining for marble stones has been going on in the vicinity in an area of 1.5 kilometres from the temple site. Some corporate companies like JiyoJyothi (now Maha Cement), apart from local YSRCP leaders, have taken up mining despite the fact that 12 leases have been suspended in the area a few years back.
Rama Siva Reddy, assistant director of mining has also issued a statement in this matter saying that they would look into the matter of mining in and around the Yaganti Umamaheswara Swamy temple. He also added that anybody guilty of flouting laws, be it any individual or organization, would be taken to task.
The director also assured to check with the Mines department at Banaganapalle as to whether any illegal mining operation was underway in the temple’s vicinity and initiate action accordingly while pointing out that the government had suspended 12 mining leases in the area last year.
Temple Protection Committee member Mallikarjunaiah, on the other hand, cited the example of Pothuluri Veerabramhendra Swamy temple that had also developed cracks as a result of mining activities. He added that no action has been initiated against those involved until now.
It is interesting to note that one of the forecasts at the Sidda Yogi Pothuluri Veerabrahmam temple relates to Yaganti temple. The forecast says Basavanna at Yaganti will grow and scream at the end of Kaliyuga. Yaganti is one-of-a-kind temple where it is said that crows do not caw.
This temple has been dated to the 15th century CE and as per archaeological evidence it was Harihara Bukka Rayulu of Vijayanagar dynasty who commissioned the construction of this temple. Basavanna or Nandi vigraha is situated directly under the stone pillar which has now been damaged.
Authorities have asked devotees not to visit the temple until repair works are completed at the site.
Yaganti Umamaheswara temple
The Yaganti Umamaheswara temple is located in AP’s Kurnool district near the Jwalapuram prehistoric archaeological site. The rock paintings here are similar to the cave paintings at Madhya Pradesh’s Bhimbhetka (45 kilometers from Bhopal).
The Yaganti temple as seen from the hill is a site to behold and the caves here have been named after Agastya rishi and Bhramamgaru.
In his Tweet thread, Shri Vamsee Juluri points out that blasting at mining sites were going on in the hills surrounding the temple even in 2015.
We hardly value our heritage and often mar its beauty through grafittis but the grafitti seen on the rock at this heritage site is a testimony to Chrsitianization of AP, a fact Hindupost has been highlighting time and again.
(Information and pictures about Yaganti Umamaheswara Temple have been taken from Shri Vamsee Juluri’s tweet thread)
(Featured Image Source: Deccan Chronicle)
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