Sri Chhaya Somalingeswara Temple - Panagal - Nalgonda

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Navin Kumar Keerthi Prakash

Sri Chhaya Somalingeswara Temple - Panagal - Nalgonda - Andhra Pradesh, India

The Pachchala Someswara and Chaya Someswara temples, built in the 11th-12th centuries are situated here. The former has excellent inscriptions on the pillars and walls, depicting stories from the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Erotic images on the walls are similar to the ones found in Khajuraho. Beautiful architecture is also the hallmark of Chaya Someswara temple besides an unexplained phenomenon of the shadow of a pillar visible behind the Shivalinga, origin of which is a mystery. This shadow can be seen during the day, throughout the year. Panagal is located 3 km from Nalgonda.