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The Hindu : Sci-Tech : Camera captures images of tigers in NSTR, Andhra Pradesh

July 8, 2011

 http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/article2211394.ece

http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/article2215857.ece

Been to Sri Sailam Shiva temple nestled in Nalla Mala hills in the neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh. Beautiful temple with one of most ancient Shiva Lingams in India – one which was worshipped by Lord Ram during his ‘van vaas’ days and by the Panch Pandavs. British and other foreigners ridicule Hindu Gods as mythis – but proof for Raam’s visit and the Pandav’s visit is engraved in a stone in the temple. Chatrapathi Shivaji, the maratha king, also paid a visit to the temple in the 16th century AD. The temple is nestled in deep forest – and near the temple is a tiger museum., We went there during our Ongole days – and I saw a stuffed tiger taller than a buffalo and longer than a crocodile. I thought it must be stitched up but I was told, its the largest tiger ever caught/hunted by british/maharajahs in Nalla mala hills. Sri Sailam is supposed to be a tiger sanctuary and protected area – we also went to the Krishna river dam (Krishna is dammed at 3 places in AP). If you cross the river, there is the most ancient cave temple for Devi/Shakthi – over 4,000 years old minimum called Akkamma Devi temple i think. As it was getting dark, we decided to return. The marvel is, at the back of the temple are carved some steps – 1000 steps – which if you descend will take you to Krishna river bank! Many devotees climb down/up having a dip in the river. Building a dam here is TOUGHEST – but Indira Gandhi did it in 1960s. 100% Indigenous Indian talent. Superb work. I am very thrilled today to see a Sri Sailam tiger in the papers. Makes me so happy.

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