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Kumararama – Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

Kumararama – Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

Sacred to the great Lord Shiva, Kumararama Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple is one of the Pancharama Kshetras in India. It is located in Samarlakota of East Godavari at Andhra Pradesh.  The other four temples are Amararama, Draksharama, Ksheerarama and Somarama.  It has been written in the Puranas, that to visit a Shiva temple a person has to have the “yogam” / “Yog”(opportunity given by god/boon). So if you are seeking Moksha you should visit this place blessed with pure sanctity.

Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

History of Samarlakaota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

There is an interesting legend regarding the name of the place and with the existence of Lord Shiva manifesting here. During the legendary Tarakasura vadha, the Shiva Linga which was in the throat of Tarakasura broke into five pieces and one of the pieces fell here. Thereafter, it came to be known as Kumararama. Lord Bhimeswara Swamy was placed here by Kumara Swamy (son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati) and hence the temple is called Kumararama. This temple was built in Dravidian style, by the King Chalukya Bhima. Hence the name came to be known as Bhimeswara.

Significance of the Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

  • The temple has carvings of apsaras on its walls.
  • The Chalukya king built this temple to record his history of 300 victories in wars.
  • Mantapam is supported with 100 pillars can be seen.
  • Eka Shila Nadi is placed opposite to the Shiva Lingam at the entrance.
  • The main entrance of the temple is also called as Surya Dwaram. The main shrine is a free standing monument lying at the centre of the inner enclosure. The temple is a rectangular structure and has two stories.
  • The lime stone Lingam, placed on the shrine, is 14 feet tall, such that it rises from the pedestal on the ground floor and enters the second floor by piercing the roof, where the Rudrabhaga is worshipped.
  • One can see the sculpture design of both Turpu chalukyas’ and kakatiyas. Here the Goddess knownas Bala Trupura sundari.

Timings of rituals at Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

  • From morning 6:00 a.m to afternoon 12:00 p.m.
  • In the evenings from 4:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m darshan takes place.

Festivals at Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

  • During Karthika and Margashira months that are November/December, Abhishekams are carried out every day.
  • During the months of February/March, Kalyana Mahotsam Magha Bahula Ekadashi day is celebrated reverently.
  • Dusherha is also celebrated in the months of October.
  • Till Maha Shivarathri, a lot of grand celebrations in the temple can be seen especially the car festival. These festivals are a grand spectre for visitors.

How to reach Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

  • By road: Samarlakota is 15 Kms from Kakinada, 49 kms from Rajahmundry, and 125 kms from Visakhapatnam, so frequent trains are easily there for transportation. Busses are available connecting this place through the National Highway.
  • By rail: it is on the Vijayawada-Howrah broad gauge railway line of South – Central Railway, a lot of trains stop here.
  • By air : Vishakapatnam is the nearest international airport and Rajahmundry nearest domestic airport .

Hotels near Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

  • Theatre Royal Hotel on 81, Seddon Street has themes rooms with antique furnishings that please all those who stay here.

Places near Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

  • Bhavanarayana swamy temple is a great place to visit that is believed to belong to Mauryas and the presiding immortal deity is Bhavanarayanaswamy.
  • Sri Golingeswara Swamy temple was built by the Eastern Chalukyas in the 9th-10th centuries. The temples are a fine example of the architectural grandeur that was prevalent in the Dravidian style.  A stone sculpture of Ganesha in the village shows true mastery of Chalukyan craftsmanship.
  • Ayyappa Swamy Temple is also called Andhra Sabarimala. In 1989, Swamy Ayyappa Panchaloha idol was installed in Dwarapudi temple in Mandapeta mandal of East Godavari district, by Shri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal, and also the largest Harihara statue. The holy eighteen steps and cluster of shrines are the attraction for this Ayyappa temple.
Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy temple

Ksheerarama – Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

Located in the West Godavari district of Andhra, Palakollu is a place famous for its grand temple of Lord Shiva that is considered to be one of the Pancharama temples. This temple is called Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy temple profoundly. The presiding deity here is Lord Shiva whose form was established by Lord Vishnu. Locally this temple is also known as Pedda Gopuram.

Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy temple

History of Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

The temple was constructed during the reign of Chalukya Bhima of Chalukya dynasty in the 9th century. Sri Velupathi designed it’s Prakara during the 10th century. The architecture is a clear reflection of the art practised during the Chalukya dynasty reigns. During the 14th century, the Gopuram was built by Sri Alladu Reddy. During the 17th century, Kalyana mantapam (choultry) and Ashtha Bhuja Lakshmi Narayanaswamy alaya were constructed.

Significance of Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

  • It is known and revered that the Shivalingam at Ksheerarama temple is the tallest one and found to be of a very unique milky white in color.
  • The shiva lingam which is known moola virat can be seen from all four sides of the sanctum sanctorum or garbha griha. In addition several other gods like the Sun God, Devi Parvati and Lakshmi, Veera Bhadra, Kanaka Durga, Nataraja, Shankara, Radha Krishna can also be viewed from all four sides.
  • Locally there is a saying that staying for a day at Ksheerama is equal to staying at Varanasi.
  • The temple has 72 pillars made of black stones.
  • The mythology of the temple was that during Tarakasura vadha, it is said that the Shivalingam which was present on the throat of Tarakasura, a powerful asura, was divided into five pieces.

Timings of rituals at Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

  • The temple remains open from 6:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m throughout the whole week.

How to reach Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

  • By road: buses are frequently available from all parts of Andhra Pradesh moving towards Bhimavaram to Palakollu.
  • By rail: trains are very much available on a regular basis from Vijaywada railway junction.
  • By airport: nearest aiport is Vijawada from where regular flights are available.

Hotels nearby Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple 

  • Palavalli Boutique Resorts which is 12km from Palakollu town centre has a great location where guests enjoy their peace and solitude.
  • Falcon Nest Hotel behind the coastal city centre at Bhimavaram is a grand place to check in.

Places nearby Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

  • Sri Someswara Temple which is 117 km from Vijaywada is one of the Pancharama Kshetras where one can visit to offer prayers to the Lord. It is said that the main Lingam was installed by Lord Chandra.
  • Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple is another pilgrim place to visit during this trip. It is located on the top of the Seshachala hill in Tirumala. The self-manifested Idol of the Lord of the temple was founded by saint Dwaraka .
  • Shri Lingaraj Temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to lord Harihara, a form of lord Shiva and is one of the oldest and largest temples in Bhubaneswar, the capital of the East Indian state of Odisha (formerly Orissa). The temple is the most prominent landmark of the Bhubaneswar city.
mangalagiri panakala lakshmi narasimha swamy temple

Mangalagiri Panakala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple

Mangalagiri Panakala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple

The place Mangalagiri means “the auspicious hills”. It is of great significance as it is one of the 8 important sacred places or Mahakshetrams in India where Lord Vishnu manifested himself. Originally this place was known as Thotadri where Devi Lakshmi did her tapasya. There are three Narasimha Swamy temples in Mangalagiri-the Panakala Narasimha Swamy on the hill, the Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy at the foot of the temple and the Gandala Narasimha Swamy at the top of the hill.  During the Vijayanagara Kingdom, this place was also known as Mangala Nilayam.  The Mangalagiri Panakala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple is a sacre place where a devout person can find peace and bliss.

mangalagiri panakala lakshmi narasimha swamy temple

History of Mangalagiri Panakala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple

A very intriguing story revolves around how the hill or mountain came into existence. The hill looks like an elephant in shape. Hrasva Srungi who was the son of the king Pariyatra, visited all holy places for the purpose of regaining normal bodily stature. He finally came to Mangalagiri and stayed there for three years to fulfil his penance. His father came to take him back home but he to serve Lord Vishnu for eternity took the shape of an elephant and remained at the place. It is said that all the Devas asked him to stay at the place so that he can attain Moksha and salvation in his life.

Significance of Mangalagiri Panakala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple

  • The steps to the temple were constructed by Sri Channapragada Balaramadasu in 1890.
  • On the right side of the steps to reach the temple, there lies a stone inscription by Sri Krishnadeva Raya of Vijayanagar and further up, one can see the foot prints of Mahaprabhu Chaitanya.
  • A temple of Lord Panakala Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy can be found at midway of the steps where there is only the face with the mouth widely opened.
  • Behind the temple there is the abode of Sri Lakshmi, to the west of which there is a tunnel that is believed to lead you to the great Vundavalli caves on the banks of the Krishna.
  • Panakala Narasimha Swamy is the God Who Drinks Panakam.
  • The god is self-existent here. No staues but only the wide opened mouth can be seen.
  • The God takes jaggery water as an offering served by a conch.  When the Jaggery water is actually poured into the mouth of the Lord, a gargling sound is heard as if the Lord is actually drinking it.   The sound becomes shriller and shriller when the Lord is drinking.

Timings of Rituals and poojas at Mangalagiri Pankala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple

  • At 7:00 a.m in the morning the doors are opened for Darshan.
  • The morning Archana takes place from 7:00 a.m to 7:30 a.m.
  • 7:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m. special offerings especially the Panakam and a grand seva darshan takes place.
  • At 1:00 p.m the Mahanirvedana takes place.
  • At 3:00 p.m the temple doors are closed.
  • Since it is believed that during evenings Gods and Devathas worship the Lord so there are no sevas or archanas from the part of the devotees.

Festivals at Mangalagiri Pankala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple

  • The Panakala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Brahmothsavam is the grand annual festival. It is believed that the celebration was istarted by Dharmaraja at the behest of Lord Krishna. This festival is celebrated for 11 days during the months of February-March.
  • Srirama Navami, Hanumajayanthi, Narasimhajayanthi, Vaikunta Ekadasi, and Mahasivarathri are other festivals celebrated on a large scale. On Mahasivarathri, the Lord goes on a procession on a small chariot.
  • The Phalguna Suddha Purnima that happens on Chaturdasi, commences the marriage of Santha Narasimha Swamy, and Sridevi and Bhoodevi.

How to reach Mangalagiri Pankala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple

  • By air: the nearest airport Vijayawada is connected by Hyderabad and Vishakapatnam.
  • By rail: Vijayawada is connected with all major cities in India so the rail route is frequently availed.
  • By road: Vijaywada is well connected with Madras, Nellore, Vizag etc.

Hotels nearby Mangalagiri Pankala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple

  • Fortune Murali Park Hotel- this hotel is situated along the banks of the Krishna River and overlooks the Indrakiladri Hills. Fortune Murali Park Hotel is three kilometers from the Vijayawada Railway Station and 20km from the airport.
  • The Gateway Hotel, M.G.Road is another grand place to check in. It has an welcoming atmosphere with luxurious decorum.

Places to visit near Mangalgiri Pankala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple

  • Kanaka Durga Temple is a siginificant temple in Vijayawada. High up on the Indrakiladri Hill, the temple is boosted by devotees. On Friday evenings, when the goddess is dressed in silken finery, and she is at her glittering best, the place remains always crowded.
  • At Amararama Temple, Lord Shiva is worshipped as Amaralingeswara Swamy or Amareswara Swamy, along with his consort Bala Chamundika. This Temple along with the Draksharama Temple in Draksharamam, Ksheerarama Temple in Palakol, Somarama Temple in Bhimavaram and the Kumararama Temple in Samalkota, forms the holy Pancharama Kshetram.
  • The Undavalli Caves are a great architecture of cave complex. A cluster of 64 caves of black rock make the place truly magnificient. They hold lovely figurines made of monolithic black granite rock. The most notable is the stunning image of a reclining Vishnu.
Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

Somarama is one of the Pancharama Kshetras which is located in Bhimavaram of West Godavari district. Somarama Temple Bhimavaram is also called as Someswara Temple and Bhimavaram. The existence of this temple can be traced to 4th century and was believed to be constructed by the King Chalukaya Bheema. The Shiva Lingam of the temple called as Someswara was believed to be installed by Lord Chandra (Soma). A tinge of modernity becomes conspicuous due to the coloured paintings and sculptures on the wall.

History of Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

The mythology of the temple was that during Tarakasura vadha, it is said that the Shivalingam which was present on the throat of Tarakasura, a powerful asura, was divided into five pieces. The Pancharama Kshetras are built on the place where the five pieces fell.

There are two famous legends about the temple. First one is widely illustrated in Hindu mythology as one of the PanchramaKshetras. The legend says that, the Shivalinga was owned by Rakshasa King Tarakasura and he was so powerful that no one could win over him due to the power of Shivalinga. Lord Kumara Swamy used his powers (Sakthi Ayudha) to kill Tarakasura into pieces but failed as they reunited again and again. On the guidance of Lord Sriraman Narayana who informed him to break the Shiva lingam worn by Tarakusura into pieces first and then place them in five different places forming the sacred temples (PancharamaKshetras). All these temples were formed by the power of Agniyasthra used by Lord Kumara Swamy. The Lord Chandra installed Shivalinga in Bhimavaram temple and hence the name SomeshwaraSwamy.

Another legend says that, Lord Shiva when destroyed Tripura’s during ‘Tripura Samharam’, all that was left was a Shivalingam in the throat of Lord of Tripuras was broken into five pieces and installed for worship in five different places as Pancharama Kshetras.

Significance of Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

  • The Pancharama Kshetras are: Amararama at Amaravati, Guntur Draksharama at Draksharama, East Godavari Somarama at Bhimavaram, West Godavari Ksheerarama at Palakol, West Godavari Bhimarama at Samarlakota, East Godavari.
  • Within the premises on to the left side of the entrance lie the shrines of Lord Hanuman, Lord Sriram, Lord Kumaraswamy and Navagrahas in a hall. On to the right is an open hall with a huge statue of Nandi.
  • One of the most special features of this temple is that the color of the Shivalingam will change its color regarding the lunar aspects, the shape of the illuminated (sunlit) portion of the Moon. And hence during Pournami (full moon days), the color of the Shivalingam will be in white and during Amavasya (dark nights), the color of the lingam will be shaded to black.
  • The other deities present in the temple are Goddess Adilakshmi, Lord Anjaneya Swamy, Lord Kumara Swamy, Sun God, Lord Ganesha, Navagraha (the nine planets) and Nandi (the mount of Lord Shiva). The Pushkarani (temple tank) of Somarama Temple is called as Soma Gundam Pushkarani.

Timings of Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

  • The temple remains open in the morning from 5.00 AM to 11.00 AM and in the evening from 4.00 PM to 8.00 PM.

Festivals at Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

  • Maha Shivaratri is a foremost festivals taking place in the months of February/March.
  • Sarannavarathri is another grand event that takes place during the months of September/October.

How to reach Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

  • By road: Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) runs buses frequently from Palakollu, Rajahmundry and Vijayawada.
  • By air: the nearest airport is Rajahmudry or Vijaywada from where flights can be availed.
  • By rail: the temple is 2km away from Bhimavaram railway station.

Hotels nearby Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

  • Visiv Stay-This lodge is located in Bhimavaram. It offers polished, sophisticated and a visual pleasure to its guests. The rooms are neat, well lit and are replete with all basic amenities.

Places nearby Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

  • Dwaraka Tirumala is visited for Chinna Tirupati Temple (Small Tirupati Temple), a Lord Venkateshwara Temple situated on the top of the Seshachala Hill.
  • Dindi is set about 80 kms from Rajahmundry and is characterised by a village character with virgin backwaters, palm-fringed canals, lakes, lagoons and rivulets around it.
  • Pithapuram and Draksharamam are two pilgrimage centres that are typically visited together with Kakinda as the base town for a stay.
  • The Bhadrachalam Temple Seetaramachandra Swamy temple is a 17th Century Lord Rama temple and a very important pilgrimage centre.
Govindaraja Swamy Temple

Govindaraja Swamy Temple – Tirupati

Govindaraja Swamy Temple – Tirupati, Andhra

Associated with Sri Venkateswara Swamy Tirupati, The Sri Govindaraja Swamy temple is one of the earliest proofs’s of the everlasting bliss of Sri Venkateswara. It is an ancient Hindhu-vaishnavite temple situated at the heart of the Tirupati city in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh state in India. The temple is one of the earliest structures in Tirupati and also one of the biggest temple complexes in Chittoor district. The Tirupati (down hill) city is built around this temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, who is referred to as Govindarajaswamy. Govindarajaswamy is believed to be the elder brother of Lord Venkateswara.

History of Govindaraja Swamy Temple

A large number of inscriptions found in this temple and in the Sri Venkateswara Temple at Tirumala help to locate its history. The earliest of the records belong to the year 1235 A.D when the Chola King, Raja Raja III was ruling the place. In the year 1239 A.D the queen of Viranarasinga of Yadavaraya made a gift for decoration of the chariot and carrying necessary repairs. The temple came in for greater importance in 1506 A.D. during the rule of Saluva dynasty of Vijayanagar and from then onwards different rulers in a different way developed the temple. It is built by the Nayakas, the successors to the Vijayanagar Empire.

Before consecrating Govindarajaswamy as presiding deity, Sri Parthasarathy Swamy was the presiding deity of the temple. Kotturu, a village at the foot of Tirumala hills was shifted to the vicinity of Sri Govindarajaswamy Temple which was later emerged into city of Tirupati.

Significance of Govindaraja Swamy Temple

  • It’s outer Gopuram which is visible from a quite a distance.
  • Govindaraja Swami Temple has two main shrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna. The shrine to the north is Sri Govindaraja and The shrine to the south is Sri Parthasarathi (Lord Sri Krishna as the charioteer of Arjuna).
  • The idols of Rukmini and Satyabhama (Krishna’s wives) are also found here. The original temple had Sri Parthasarathi on the main altar. ‘Sri Ramanuja’ added the Sri Govindaraja deity around 1130 AD.
  • Nearby shrine is dedicated to Sri Ramanuja and on the left of the second entrance is a ‘Kurma’ Deity, Lord Vishnu as a tortoise. There are carvings depicting the pastimes of the Ramayana and Lord Krishna’s pastimes on the second gopuram.
  • Sri Govindarajaswamy temple is a huge complex with many other sub shrines in it. Parthasarathy temples, Kalyana Venkateswara Temple are of more importance among the sub-shrines. There are also shrines dedicated to Pundarikavalli, Andal, Chakratalwar, Alwars, Lakshmi Narayana Swamy, Anjaneya, Tirumala Nambi, Bhashyakars.

Timings of Govindaraja Swamy Temple

  • The general timing for darshan is from 5:30 a.m to 9:30 p.m.
  • 5:30 a.m to 6:30 a.m takes place the Viswarupa sarva darshan.
  • 8:00 to 8:45 a.m takes place the Archanantharam darshanam.
  • From 1:15 p.m to 4:45 p.m takes place the Sarvadarshanam.
  • From 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m Sarvadarshanam again takes place.

Festivals at Govindaraja Swamy Temple

  • The Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple is home to many festivals of great perchance and importance. On every Saturday festival there is an onrush of visitors seeking blessings to gain health and immediate wealth.
  • All the festivals of this temple are held here with great aplomb. These involve Bramhostavam, Float festival, Rathasapthami and other utsavam’s that are held at Tirupati or surrounding temples.

How to reach Govindaraja Swamy Temple

  • By air: The nearest airport to Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple is Chennai international airport, Chennai which is 108 km away from Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple.
  • By rail: The nearest railway station to sri Govindaraja Swamy temple is renigunta train station which is 10 km away from Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple.
  • By road: bus and car services are available on a fair amount basis. This makes the journey to the temple easier.

Hotels nearby Govindaraja Swamy Temple

  • Hotel Bhimas Deluxe at G Car Street, Tirupati is Easily reachable from Tirupati RailwayStation (0.25 km). This hotel in Tirupati provides comfortable accommodation.
  • Hotel Fortune Select Grand Ridge is one of Tirupati’s five star hotels located at the intersection of Chennai-Bangalore highway, on the Tiruchanoor road. This hotel is located just beside Shilparamam Theme Park .

Places nearby Govindaraja Swamy Temple

  • Sri Kodandaramaswami Temple- This temple dedicated to Sri Rama is situated within a distance of about a kilometer from Tirupati Railway station. The Temple was built to commemorate the visit of Sri Rama, Lakshmana and Sita to tirupati, while returning from Lanka.
  • ·         Alamelumangapuram(Tiruchanur) Tiruchanur, also known as Alamelumangapuram, located about 5 kms from tirupati is also an ancient sacred place. The Temple of Sri Padmavathi Devi, the consort of Lord Venkateswara is situated in this place. It is said that the visit to tirumala is fruitful only after a visit to sri Padmavathi devi temple at tiruchanur.
  • Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy temple is situated at an easily commutable distance of 12 KM to the west Tiruapti. It’s regarded as the lord-prescribed alternative for Tirumala Devastana, and has been bestowed with great divine power.
  • An important Lord Krishna temple renowned as the Sri Venugopala Swamy Temple. This is the only Krishna temple located in the vicinity of Tirupati, depicting the Childhood of Lord Krishna. It is located at the town Karvetinagaram, located at a distance of 42KM from the Tiruapti.
bhadrachalam temple

Bhadrachalam Temple – Sree Seetha Ramachandra Swamy

Bhadrachalam Temple – Sree Seetha Ramachandra Swamy Temple

Bhadrachalam temple is the abode of Shri Sita Ramachandra Swamy. This temple is dedicated to Lord Rama.The temple is located on the banks of Godavari river. The area is called as Bhadrachalam and is the venue of grand celebrations on Rama Navami day, when the wedding anniversary of Lord Rama and his consort Sita takes place with much fanfare. Bhadrachalam Temple is mainly dedicated to Lord Rama (the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu). Bhadrachalam Temple is closely associated with the life events of Saint Kancharla Gopanna, who was a great devotee of Lord Rama lived in the 17th century. It is a place of pilgrimage for Hindus, considered to be one of the greatest holy shrines in South India with a very rich and unique historical background.

History of Bhadrachalam Temple

The temple in Bhadrachalam is closely connected with the life of the 17th century saint composer Kancharla Gopanna, who was known as Bhakta Ramadas.  Gopanna the Tahasildar of Bhadrachalam (second half of the 17th century), is said to have used money from the government treasury to build this temple, and was imprisoned in a dungeon at Golconda.  Lord Rama is said to have miraculously given the Sultan the money spent by Gopanna, after which he was released. Gopanna then became Bhadrachala Ramadasa and went on to compose innumerable number of songs in Telugu in praise of Rama.

Rama is said to have crossed river Godavari on his way to Shri Lanka to rescue Sita, at the spot where the Bhadrachalam temple stands, on the northern bank of the river.  Legend has it that, the son of Meru and Menaka, Bhadra, performed penances towards Rama here.  Kabirdas, a Muslim by birth is also closely associated with this temple. It is believed that the images of the deities miraculously disappeared when Kabir was refused entry into the temple and that they reappeared miraculously upon his being permitted to enter. Ramadasa heard the news that the villagers of palvoncha paragana were proceeding to witness Jatara at Bhadrachalam. Out of curiosity, he also visited Bhadrachalam.  He found the deities in an amazing appearance; and  Ramadas then asked the villagers to contribute liberally for the construction of the temple. The villagers appealed to him to spend the revenue collections for the construction of the temple with a promise to repay the amount after harvesting the crops.
When the temple reached completion, he had a problem of fixing the ‘Sudarshana Chakra’ at the crest of the main temple.  The Golconda king Tanishah, the then ruler of Qutub Shahi kingdom became a devotee of Rama, who realized the devotional spirit of Ramadas after his imprisonment and took over the charge of temple administration.

The Golconda king, Tanishah realized Ramadas’s devotional spirit and dedication towards Rama, when Rama and Lakshmana repaid 6 lakhs Mohurs in the form of Ramoji and Lakshmoji, the servants of Bhakta Ramadas for the release of their devotee from imprisonment. Thanisha gave voucher to these divine looking persons who approached him at his house during late night. Then they kept the voucher under the pillow of Gopanna where he was jailed.  Tanishah who woke up the next morning realized that those divine looking persons were none other than Rama and Lakshmana and made arrangements to get release of Gopanna and prayed to forgive him by placing all the Gold Mohurs received previous night at the feet of Gopanna.  But he refused to take back those mohurs except two as a mark of divine significance, and these two coins can still be seen in Bhadrachalam temple.

Influenced by Lord Rama, Golconda ruler Tanishah earmarked the income derived from the said Palwoncha paragana which came to Rs 20,000 and odd,  for the maintenance of the temple which was continued during Qutub Shahi’s reign and for offering pearls on the occasion of Kalyana mahotsavam (Shri Rama Navami) to deities on an elephant through a specially sent messenger. That procedure of sending pearls to the deities is still followed by present State Government during Shri Rama Navami festival.
Bhadrachalam attracts thousands of devotees from all over the world, every day. This hilly place that is encircled by holy river Godavari flowing towards southern direction is the famous shrine Bhadrachalam. The name is derived from Bhadragiri (mountain of Bhadra: a boon child of Meru and Menaka). The history of this shrine stands for the significance of Ramayana era. The coherent hill place existed in “Dandakaranya” of Ramayana period where Rama with his consort Sita and brother Lakshmana had spent their vanavasa. The vicinity of the temple had its incongruous mixture in another story,  which depicts the exigency of “Shri Mahavishnu” to manifest himself as Rama and shuffled again to the mortal coil,  after Ramavatara,  to fulfill his promise to his Bhakta Bhadra (a mountain king), a sage who had been continuing the intense penance to get grace of Lord Rama.

The history depicts that the need that emerged the incarnation of Vykunta Rama, which was to fulfill a long desire of his ardent devotee Bhadra. The saint Bhadra performed penance at the bank of river Godavari in Dandakaranya to get grace of lord Rama and in countenance of his beloved God.  The exulted “Rishi” implored Rama to be seated on his head, but Rama who was in search of his consort Sita,  gave promise to his Bhakta that his desire would be fulfilled on his way back, after finding Sita and accomplishing the process of punishing the wicked Ravana and establishing the ‘Dharma’.  Thus the sage had been in continuation of the frightened penance, as Rama could not accomplish the promise in Ramavatara. Then Shri Mahavishnu manifested himself as Vykunta Rama and rushed to his devotee Bhadra, signaling his arrival by blowing ‘Shanku’, accompanied by his consort Sita and brother Lakhsmana, resembling that of ‘Gajendra Moksham.’

Significance Bhadrachalam Temple

  • Shri Rama is represented as a charming person, of handsome beauty, and well-built physique, wearing in his two hands, the Dhanus and the Bana, and standing in the ‘Tribhanga’ attitude as opposed to the ‘Samabhanga’ pose.
  • Sita stands near him, also in the Tribhanga attitude, with a lotus in one hand and the other hand shown in the ‘Katyavalambita’ posture. If there is any temple in which the devotees are captivated by the sheer magic of the beauty of the icon of the Lord, it is at Bhadrachalam.
  • Temple exhibits the importance of Ramayana, one of the great canons of Hindu literature.
  • The location Bhadrachalam exists in Dandakaranya, the spiritual significant region where Lord Rama, Goddess Seetha and Lakshmana had spent 14 years of Vanavasam.
  • Lord Rama takes His abode on the head of the sage Bhadra (immovable hill) the shrine was came to be called as Bhadrachalam.
  • A sub shrine of Goddess Lakshmi is inside the temple complex of Bhadrachalam temple.

Timings of Bhadrachalam Temple

  • Abhishekam takes place from 00 AM to 8.00 A.M
  • Kesavanaamaarchana takes place from 8.30 A.M to 8.00 P.M
  • Sahasranamarchana takes place from 8.30 A.M to 9.30 A.M
  • Suvarna Tulasi Astotharanamarchana (on Saturdays) happens from 8.30 A.M to 9.30 A.M
  • Suvarna Pushpa Astothara Namarchana (on Sundays) happens from 8.30 A.M to 9.30 A.M
  • Sakalbhishtaprada Sree Ramapuja takes place at 8.30 AM
  • Nitya Kalyana Ubhayam happens from 9.30 A.M to 11.00 A.M
  • Rajata Ratha Seva takes place at 6.30 PM
  • Alaya Chuttu Seva takes place at 8.00 PM to 8.30 P.M
  • Vahana Seva (Garuda, Hamsa, Hanumantha, Rajadhiraja) lastly happens from 8.00 PM to 8.30 P.M.

Festivals at Bhadrachalam Temple

  • Vykuntha Ekadasi a religious festival that attracts lakhs (hundred thousand) of devotees from all over the country at this famous shrine Bhadrachalam, is celebrated in the months of either December or January in ‘Dhanur Masam’ on the day of either Pushya or Margasira shuddha Ekadasi. The ten day festival called Adhyayanotsavams and Dasavatara Mahotsavams (10 incarnations) of Sri Maha Vishnu are preceded to Vykuntha Ekadasi Fete.
  • Sri Rama Navami(the most popular one at Bhadrachalam) is being celebrated on every ‘Chaitra shuddha navami ‘ on the auspicious ‘Punarvasu’ -‘Janma Nakshatra’ (birth star), of Lord Sri Rama. The Kalyanamahotsavam of Sri Rama with his consort Sita is celebrated on the holy occasion which falls either in the last week of March or first week of April. This divine festival is celebrated in a resplendent manner amid chanting of hyms by priests in Kalyanamantapam, richly engraved and exquisite sculptures depicting events from our Itihasas and Puranas, at the vicinity of stadium, where lakhs of devotees congregate to witness it.

How to reach Bhadrachalam Temple

  • By air: Vijayawada is the nearest airport from where flights can be availed by.
  • By rail: The nearest Railway station is Bhadrachalam (Kothagudem) which is about 40 km from the place.
  • By road: The state bus service, TSRTC operates numerous buses connecting the town to various places like Kothagudem, Hyderabad, Khammam, Warangal, Tirupati, Rajahmundry, Nalgonda, Chennai, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam.

Hotels near Bhadrachalam Temple

  • The Sita Nilayam Cottage, Bhadrachalam at Sree Seetha Ramachandra Swamy Vaari Devasthanam is a good place to check in. It has nice accomodations that the travellors find to be refreshing.
  • Srinidhi Resdidency at Rajaveedhi is a great place that has excellent accommodations and closest to the temple entrance.

Places to visit near Bhadrachalam Temple

  • Parnasala is a significant and wonderful sightseeing destination of Bhadrachalam. Parnasala is a popular village located in the Khammam district of Telangana, India.
  • Jattayu Paaka (Yetapaka)- This Place is situated from 2Kms away from Bhadrachalam. According to Itihasas, the bird Jatayuvu, a devotee of Rama had obstructed Ravana while he was proceeding on the chariot after kidnapping Sita. After the fearful battle between Ravana and Jataayuvu, the heavily injured bird had waited at this place in search of Rama. A wing of this bird fell at Rekkapalli, about 55 Kms from here, in V.R. Puram Mandal.
  • Sabari in Bhadrachalam is the place where River Sabari joins River Godavari. The place also has mythological significance as a woman named Dhammakka used to live here that used to have dreams in which Lord Rama appeared.

Antarvedi

Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swami Temple

Antarvedi is popularly known as the Kashi of the South or the “Dakshina Kashi”. This place is a significant pilgrim center in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. It is in the most interior part of the East Coast. Antarvedi is a Sangam point of a tributary of Godavari River and the sea- the Sagara Sangamam. It is said that the river was brought in by the famous Maharishi Vashishth who is one of the seven great sages according to the Hindu Mythology.

Antarvedi is actually a small village near the Vashisht River. It is very close to Narsapur. The place draws people from the world over throughout the year owing to its unique rarity: the merging of the mighty Bay of Bengal and Vashishtha River, which is a tributary of the River Godavari. The place of confluence of the mighty ocean and the river is called the “Sapta Sagara Sangam Pradesam”. It is also known as the “Anna Chelli Gattu”, by the locals. The water in this area is surprisingly sweet, cool and pleasant unlike the salty sea water one would assume it to be and many devotees drink it in the form of prasad. There are seven scared bathing spots in India and this place is one of them. According to mythology, the Tretha Yugam episode of Ksheera Sagara Mathanam took place here.

Antarvedi

Antarvedi History

According to the legend, Lord Brahma, who is also known as the creator, wished to get freedom from sins he had committed against Lord Shiva. For this very reason, he had performed a “Rudrayaga” and prepared the place like a stage or “Vedik”, hence the name “ANTARVEDI”. Lord Brahma installed an idol of Lord Neela Kantheswara there. Before this, the Sage Vashishtha had created a branch of River Godavari here and established an ashram on it.

Later, Raktavilochana, the son of Hiranyaksha, did penance for over ten thousand years on the banks of Vasishta river, to please Lord Shiva. The Lord was pleased with Raktavilochana’s penance and blessed him with one wish. Raktavilochana had a rather uncommon desire – he asked that the number of sand particles drenched by the blood drops falling from his body on to the ground at war, would produce equal number of Rakshasas, as strong and vigorous as himself, and they would assist him at war and become one with him after killing all the enemies. His desire was fulfilled by the Lord.

Raktavilochana used his power to disrupt the Yagnas of Sages and harassed Brahmans. Sage Vishwamitra took this as an opportunity to avenge Sage Vasishta and provoked Raktavilochana to kill Vasishta’s hundred sons. Sage Vasishta, who was at Brahmaloka when his sons were murdered, returned to his ashram and prayed for Lord Narasimha’s grace.

” Prahlada varadam Vishnum Nrusimham Paradivatam.

    Saranam Sarvalokaanaamaapannaarti Nivaaranam.”

Lord Narsimha, answered the Sage’s prayers and charioted along with Goddess Lakshmi on his Garuda Vahana. Vasishta prayed to the Lord to descend at his ashram and kill the demon.

War broke between the Lord and Raktavilochana and he shot all types of weapons at the Lord which were countered by only one weapon the ‘Sudarsana Chakra’. The blood drops that fell on the ground from the wounded Rakshasa’s body created more Rakshasas. To counter that, the Lord created “Maya Sakthi” managed to stop the fall of blood drops to the ground and released the blood as the reddish river called the “Raktakulya”. Lord killed Raktavilochana and destroyed the demons as well. It is said that Maya Sakti rode a horse, therefore it is known as ‘Aswarudhamba’ or ‘Gurralakka’. Chakrateertham is the place where the Lord washed his chakrayudha after he had destroyed all the demons with it. Once Lord Narsimha destroyed the troubling demon, Sage Vasishta expressed his desire to establish his Holiness at his ashram. The Lord was pleased with this request and  agreed to fulfill his desire and the temple was erected in the presence of all the Gods and angels. It is believed that visiting Antarvedi is the easiest way for devotees to achieve Mukti.

There are five important spots at Antarvedi Temple

  1. The Sea
  2. The Sagar Sangam
  3. The Vasishta River
  4. The Raktakulya River
  5. The Chakrateertham

In Kalyuga, the temple was rediscovered by a cow-herd who used to graze his cows in that area. He saw that one of his cows would shed her milk on a hill. On doing a survey of the hill and digging the area, the villagers found a sculpture of Lord Narsimha. The villagers built a temple around the sculpture and began worshipping it. The cow-herd who discovered the sculpture was called Kesavadas and the village was later named after him as ‘Kesavadasupalem’.

Significance of the Antarvedi Temple

  • Since the Antarvedi Temple is located at the meeting point of the river and the ocean it is called as an island temple. Another unique feature of this temple is that the main Deity i.e. the Lord Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy is facing towards the West instead of the East which is the more common direction of all temples in India. The temple was built in the fifteenth or the sixteenth century and depicts is one of the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu.
  • Antarvedi Temple architecture follows the well known South Indian temple architectural form. It has a prominent“Gopuram”, courtyard and the tall “Vimana” over the “Garbha Graha”.
  • The walls and idols of the temple are painted in rich and vibrant colors, thus bringing all the idols to life.
  • Antarvedi Temple has an impressive 5 storied “Vimana Gopuram”. At the temple entrance, one can find a Garuda idol and a Bhaktha Anjaneya one either sides.
  • On the roof of the Sanctum of the temple, is the “Vatapatra Sayi” which is an idol of Lord Krishna on a palm leaf. This idol has been carved out of a single stone. The sanctum is also known as the Garbha Gudi. In here, the devotees can witness the idol of Goddess Lakshmi Devi sitting on the lap of Lord Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy.
  • Towards the east side of the temple, the wall is the idol of Goddess Rajyalakshmi and Lord Venkateshwara. In the north is Bhoodevi and Ranganadha Swamy. Santhana Gopala Swamy and Keshava Swamy are on the west end of the wall and finally to the south side of the wall is the Acharyas and Alwars sannidhi(small temples) and Chaturbhuja (four-armed) Anjaneya.
  • The temple houses the idols of Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva as well.
  • A temple of Neelakanteshwara (Lord Shiva) is also present which is located at the other side, almost nearer to the bank of Godavari, also called, Vasishta Godavari is a must see. This deity was installed by Lord Sri Rama and is said to be worshipped by Brahma himself.
  • The devotees come with a belief that they will have no re-births after they take a dip at these places and offer charities here. People also come here to perform ceremonial formalities to the ancestors, similar to the ceremonies at Gaya and on the coasts of River Ganga.
  • Devotees come from all corners of the country, especially to be a part of Lord Narasimha’s Chariot procession in the month of Phalguna (January) and in the dolepournami celebration in the month of Phalguna (March). During that time, the lord is worshipped with panchamrita abhishekam. It is said that this temple blesses the devotees with Mukti, and, therefore, it is also called the “Mukti Kshetra”.

Antarvedi Temple Timings

Antarvedi Temple is open on all days from 6 AM to 7 PM.

Festivals celebrated at the Antarvedi Temple

  • Kalyanamohasthavams Magh sudda Sapthami to Magha Bhhula Payamis – Every year on the day before Bhishma Ekadashi i.e. Dashami, which is observed Magha Shukla Ekadashi (Eleventh Day) in Magha Masam (February) Lord Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Kalyanotsavam (divine wedding of Lord Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy and Goddess Lakshmi Devi) is celebrated with much On the Bhishma Ekadashi, the Rath Yatra is celebrated. Devotees in huge number attend to watch the Celestial Wedding and take the holy dip at the sangamam (Saptha Sagara Sangamam).
  • During the month of November, throngs of devotees come to the temple premises to witness the Deity of Narasimha Swamy without any of the ornaments, garb, or chandanam (sandal paste) that normally adorn the Lord’s Form.
  • In the month of Phalguna (January), the Lord’s chariot procession is held. Dole pournami celebrations are also held when the Lord is worshipped with panchamrita abhishekam.
  • Sri Venkateswara Swamy kalyanam, (Jyeshta Sudha Ekadasi)., Sri Narasimha Jayanthi (Vysakha Sudha Chaturdasi) are the other festivals celebrated here.

Poojas and Rituals  at Antarvedi Temple

  1. Abhishekam
  2. Aasthothara Namarchana with Gotranamamulu
  3. Kesa khandana
  4. Vahana Pooja (Small and Heavy)
  5. Marriage
  6. Namakaranam
  7. Sasvatha Pooja
  8. Deeparadhana
  9. Bhogam
  10. Sasvatha Kalyanam
  11. Mokkubadi Kalyanam
  12. Sudharshana Homam

How to reach: Road, Rail, and Air

By Air: Antarvedi, being a small village in Andhra Pradesh, is not well connected by Air. Vijaywada and Rajahmundry are the nearby Airports to the temple. From there, one will have to take a bus till Narsapur.

By Rail: The nearest railway stations are Kakinada, Rajahmundry, and Narsapur. Antarvedi is 130 Kms from Kakinada and 100 kms from Rajahmundry. From the station one will have to board a public transport such as a cab or a bus. There are boats available to reach Antarvedi from Narasapur which is at a distance of 10 Kms.

By Road: There are a number of buses available from Kakinada and Rajahmundry.

From Hyderabad – One can take a bus from Hydrabad to Razole, whereon they can go to Malkipuram and thereto Antarvedi.

From North India – People travelling from North India have to reach the main city called Annavaram on National Highway – 5, Kolkata – Chennai connecting road, after Visakhapatnam. Tourists have several bus choices from Annavaram to reach Antarvedi.

From Vijayawada – People travelling from Vijayawada and Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, have to reach the place called Bheemavaram first. Bheemavaram and Palakollu have Sri Rama temples which are considered as Pancharama temples.

To visit the island temple, the tourists and pilgrims can hire ferries or boats. Tourists can see both the attractions – the temple as well as the sangam point of the river and the ocean. The ferry charges are usually nominal and depend on the number of people travelling on the boat. The charges can be anything between Rs. 50 to Rs. 350.

Hotels in Antarvedi: Where to stay

Near the temple, accommodation is available for the devotees at the TTD Choultry, Antarvedi. Per night rates of the rooms are nominal (Rs 200/- and 600/- for Non A/c and A/c Rooms respectively). Devotees can contact the Choultry for accommodation and bookings on this number: (08862)259313.

Where to eat

Every day, the Anna Danam program is organized in the temple premises and the devotees can avail this free food service. Few other small restaurants are located around the temple where local and coastal food is available.

Nearby Temples

Sri Bhimeswara Swamy Temple, Draksharamam – This temple in Andhra Pradesh is known as the abode of Lord Bhimeswara Swamy and his Goddess Manikyamba.  The Temple is located at Draksharamam, East Godavari District of India. The preceding deity at the temple is in the form of a “Linga”, 2.6 mts tall and made of one large Crystal (known as the “Spatika Linga”). Another popular name of the temple is Dakshina Kasi Kshetram. The literal translation of Draksharamam is ‘Abode of Daksha Prajapathi’, the father of Sati and the father in law of Lord Shiva. Sati was the spiritual wife of Lord Shiva. The Draksharama temple is one the Five Powerful Temples of Lord Shiva which are known as “Pancharamas” in Andhra Pradesh. It is located at a distance of 90 km or 2.5 hours from Antravedi.

Annavaram

Satyanarayana Swamy Temple (Annavaram), Andhra Pradesh

Annavaram is one among the most popular holy shrines of the country and is the second most popular pilgrimage after the Tirupati Temple in Andhra Pradesh. The Satyanarayana Swamy Temple in Annavaram has been built in the Dravidian style. The richness and glory of Lord Satyadeva, the temple’s deity, is described widely in the Revakhanda of the Holy Skandhapuranam.

In Annavaram Temple, Lord Satyadeva sits with his consort Shri Anantha Lakshmi on one side and Lord Siva on the other side. The Lord took his abode on the Ratnagiri Mountain, named after Ratnakara who was the son of Meru, the holy king of the mountains. The Sri Satyanarayana Swamy at Annavaram is followed by the sacred Pampa River which is touching the feet of the hill as is the case with all Divyakshetrams.

Lord Satyadeva is the God of truth and he showers his eternal blessings on all humankind in his beautifully manifested form in the form of the divine trinity which is called Hari Hara Hiranyagarbhathrimurtyatmaka. Therefore, the temple is the only ones attracting pilgrims from both the Vishanava and Saiva Hindu religion.

The Veeravenkatasathya Narayana swami is the main temple on the hill dedicated to Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy. This is a temple of Sri Rama and there are shrines of Vanadurge and Kanaka Durga around. The Grama Devatha (village deity) temple is located in the village foot of the hill.

Annavaram

Annavaram History

According to legend, Raja i.e. Ramarayanam was the then zamindar of the Gorasa and the Kirlampudi estates near Samalkot since he was ordained by Lord in his dream. He then traced the idol on the hill and worshiped and installed it at this spot on Sravanasuddhavidiya in the Telugu year khara 1891. The temple was constructed on the hill and the Bay of Bengal situated at 11 miles is visible from the hill and row of the majestic Eastern Ghats is visible on other side. The hills and the Pampa River encircle Ratnagiri from all sides. The main hillock is about 300 feet above the sea level and there are about 460 well-laid stone steps that lead to the top.

The main temple has been constructed like a chariot that has four wheels at each corner. The main temple’s front has the modern architecture including a Kalyanamantapa. Down the way, there is a Ramalaya and then there are shrines of Vana Durga which is held in veneration and the Devi is believed to be seen there in the nights according to the holy precincts that a perpetually guard the lord.

Significance of the Annavaram Temple

According to the Agni Purana and the Hindu mythology, any temple’s akriti is the manifestation of its Prakriti.  In the ancient texts, the idea is developed and the Slipasastra is based on this principle. The temple’s wall and Vimana should be constructed to remind the devotee of the universe while the supreme spirit is represented by the deity inside who is the core of the entire universe. These texts believe that the chariot is a symbol of seven lokas which lie underneath and the seven lokas that lie above along with garbhalaya of the lord rule hearts and center that rules over the entire universe.

The Annavaram Temple has been constructed based on these ideas. The temple’s front side depicts the chariot, the Meru is on the floor and the pillar is at the center. The idols at tope are constructed to bring to life the idea that Lord remains at the centre but it also permeates entire universe. The wheels depict both the Sun and Moon and serve as a reminder us that the Jaggernaut completely moves on wheels of time and this cycle goes on forever. The Annavaram temple satisfies the devotees’ ritualistic values and spiritual aspirations.

There is a dial on the north side of temple’s compound that shows Indian standard time which is easy to calculate. A Mandapam is constructed round the main temple and a Kalyana mandapam on the lower level, that provides space to conduct about a thousand Satyanarayan Vrathams at one time and 500 Vrathams can be conducted by the side of Ramalya. The foundation of a Galigopuram has been laid opposite to the Kalyanamantapam by left side which lies to the south of the compound wall.

The temple has also installed NavaGrahams and a bigger temple might be built for them in future. Down the steps, there are office rooms, guesthouse, a Choultry and open-air theatre used for HariKathas. The walls of the Vratha halls and the open air theatre have been painted with figures that represent the story of the deity Satyanarayana Swamy and his devotee called Sadhuvu. A shed for tonsure ceremony, the Kesakhandanasalahas been built on the eastern side of the temple. A new kitchen is also present behind the main temple where the priests prepare Naivedyam for the lord. Another kitchen prepares Prasadam.

The idol of the main deity is 13 feet high and is in cylindrical form. The base of the idol is in the lower sanctum that represents Lord Brahma and the idol’s top situated in upper sanctum that represents lord Vishnu. The idol’s middle portion represents Lord Siva. This image that represents the 3 Lords in a single idol i.e. the Trimurtis-Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva is of great attraction.

One of the most popular temples in Andhra Pradesh, a unique yantra based on Tripadvibhuti Narayan Upanishad exists here the shrine is constructed in two storeys, the lower one containing the yantra and upper one housing vigrahas of the lord. The idol is about 4 meter high is in cylindrical form. The base in the lower sanctum represents Lord Vishnu and the middle portion represents Lord Shiva. The image of the deity forming a single idol and representing the Hindu trinity is of unique attraction.

Annavaram Temple Timings

The temple remains open from 3:30AM till 9:00PM every day. Many Poojas are conducted throughout the day by the temple priests and Abhishekas are performed by the devotees at Rs. 100/- per each ticket in the Yantralayam.

Festivals Celebrated At the Annavaram Temple

Ekadashi is a very auspicious occasion for the temple as this is the best day to perform the Satya Narayan Vratham. Hindus have been performing the Shri Satyanarayana Vratham for ages throughout India. The vratham is known to bring wealth, prosperity, education, and offspring. A number of pilgrims visit the temple from far and near and the daily average attendance of the temple is two thousand. Ekadashi is a very auspicious occasion for this vratham, but the individual devotees also perform this vratham on any convenient day. The vratham has become all the more popular due to the experience narrated in stories and also due to the legends and observations of daily life.

The vratham has an important fable according to which Sage Narada was once very much distressed about the immense misery of men in this world. He prayed to Lord Vishnu to suggest a way out. The Lord told him about the Satyanarayana Vratham and he said that this would relieve all men of the troubles. The vratham was also useful to gain worldly prosperity and to achieve salvation after death. Lord narrated that a pious Brahmin from Banaras had performed this magical vratham first. Other people who had performed the Vratham and had benefitted were King Ulkamukha from Bhadrasila Nagaram, Emperor Tungadhwaja, and a Vaishya business man named Sadhuvu. The community of Gollas in the kingdom of Tungadhwaja and a poor woodcutter from Banaras had performed this vratham. They were all blessed by the great Lord Satya Narayana Swamy (who is Vishnu himself) and they achieved all they desired in life.

This vratham has hence caught fascination of the millions of devotees who have heard the stories and offer respect to the Lord. These stories are easy to understand for the common people as well as within the understanding of the scholars. Thus, all classes of people can perform the vratham and this has popularized it among them as people have been benefitted by the vratham.

According to the texts of the Vratham, Sadhuvu’s daughter Kalavathi had left the prasadam of Lord Satya Narayan to see her husband and thus the husband drowned in the boat in which he was travelling. Thus, Kalavathi was grieved and decided to kill herself. Sadhuvu was extremely grieved to see his only daughter preparing for sahagamana. He thus realized that only Lord Satyanarayana could come to his relief and thus, he fervently prayed to him. The lord revealed that this catastrophe was inflicted upon them as Kalavathi did not take her prasadam in the hurry to go to her husband. Thus, Kalavathi rushed home and took the prasadam and when she hurried back to the seashore, she saw her husband Ratnakara who was safe on the shore. She then told him all about the Lord and upon hearing this her husband was so much impressed that he heart fully prayed to the Lord and the Lord’s blessings changed the spot  into Ratnagiri hill on which the Lord took his permanent abode. According to legend, the River Pampa running by the hill is the form of the devotee Kalavathi who had melted with ecstasy at the grace of the Lord and of her husband’s achievement and thus began to flow as Pampa River.

Poojas and Ritual at Annavaram Temple

The Sathya Narayan Vratham is performed on Ekadashi and has a specific procedure. First Lord Ganesha and the Navagrahas are offered respect and then the image of the deity is placed on a clean spot. The Lord is appeased through chants, flowers, and prasadam that includes fruits, sweet wheat flour, and sweets are offered to the deity. The story is then narrated and Aarti is performed at the end. After the prayer, a small lamp is lit near the idol is known as the Aratika. The devotees take prasadam at the conclusion of the pooja.

How to Reach By Rail, Road, and Air

Annavaram is a village situated close to River Pampa in the east Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. It is situated about 32 kms from Pithapuram, 51 km from Kakinada and 72 kms from Rajahmundry. The Sri Veeravenkata Satyanarayana Swamy Vari Devasthanam, Annavaram is well connected by both rail and roadways. It can be reached by road, rail and airways:

By Air: The nearest airport is at the east side of Annavaram at Visakhapatnam and all flights fly to Vishakhapatnam. Annavaram is at a distance of 3 hrs from Visakhapatnam. On the west side of Annvaram, the Rajahmundry Airport is located.

By Train: Many trains that pass between Kolkata and Vijayawada stop at the Annavaram station. One can also stop at Visakhapatnam.

By Road: There are regular buses to Vishakhapatnam as well as Annavaram from all major cities. Madras to Calcutta, National Highway-5 road is going via Annavaram. Regular bus service is available from all nearby towns.

Hotels in Annavaram

un Ray Village resort, Visakhapatnam which is the finest resort and family leisure destination at Vizag. Hotel Daspalla is centrally located in the heart of Visakhapatnam near Jagadamba centre.

Nearby Temples

Talupulamma Talli Temple: It is one of the most famous and a well-known place in Andhra Pradesh and people visit for offering pooja to the Goddess after purchasing a new vehicle.

Sri Kukkuteswara Swamy Temple: This is an ancient Siva temple in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh

Pancharama Sri Kumararama Bheemeshwara Swamy Temple: It is located in Samalkota near Annavaram and is a popular temple there.

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Mahanandi

Mahanandi Mahanandiswara Temple

The state of Andhra is rich in its heritage and is the home of copious holy temples. The people of Andhra are very religious and are very particular in upholding the age-old traditional rites and rituals. Among the many temples located in Andhra, one of the most magnificent temples is the Mahanandi Temple also known as Mahanandiswara Temple located in the east of Nallamala Hills near Nandyal in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. The Mahanandiswary Swamy Temple is positioned right at the foot of the hills of Srisailam forest.

Mahanandi Temple is also deemed as one of the ‘Nava Nandudlu Temples’ which means the ‘nine shrines’ dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Mahanandi temple is also considered to be the living temple that depicts the Hindu way of life. Lord of Nandi, Lord Shiva’s bull vehicle, is also considered to be an important aspect of the agricultural world and is also bequeathed with worship because bull here, is correlated to Lord Vishnu and his incarnations.

Mahanandi Temple is also a center of attraction for visitors and pilgrims all over the country and abroad. This is because Mahanandi is a place of scenic beauty surrounded by thick forest and watered by persistent mineral springs from Pushkaranis. The temple is also famous for the presence of ‘Kalyani’ which is the temple tank and the tank is preserved in such a manner that the depth of water does not exceed beyond five feet.

Mahanandi

Mahanandi History

According to Mahanandi Temple history ‘Sthalapurana’, the 7th-century temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. Mahanandiswara is one of the ancient temples of India and it dates back over 1,500 years and the inscriptions of the 10th-century tablets portray the fact that this temple has been restored and rebuilt quite a lot of times. The initial structure of the temple was erected by the Chalukyas in the 7th century and, later on, numerous additions were made to the temple in the 10th and 15th centuries.  According to the legend of the temple, the kings of the area who were addressed as Nandas ruled in the 10th century AD and constructed a mammoth of temples and adored their ancestral deity, Nandi.

One of the most momentous features of the Mahananadi temple is the purified holy water of Pushkarani which flows throughout the year. The water is believed to be so gemstone clear that even a particle dropped in the water looks visible. A tower named Gopuram which is placed over the central sanctrum was constructed in the ‘Badami Chalukyan Style’ of architecture and the rest of the temples were built in the ‘Vijayanagara Style.’

There are also several myths associated with this temple. As per the myth, Rasa Siddha is believed to have built a dome over the sanctum which is known as ‘Vimana’ and he also made the workers group sand mounds which he later altered to his wealth. A copper plate by Krishna Devaraya confirms that Mahanandi belongs to one of the most blessed places where Simha, the king’s brother donated precious gifts.

As per the legend, the milk which was used for Abhishekam which means ablution was used to be conveyed on a daily basis from a distance to the temple. A considerable amount of milk was brought from Gopavaram diary and the milk of a black coloured cow was sent to the king on an everyday basis, exclusively. The cow was approved to scuff in the forest but a couple of days later it was discovered that the cow had the propensity to provide less milk after the cow arrived from the forest. Few days later, a cowherd followed the cow and to his surprise, he found out that the cow scuffed around an embankment and allowed her milk to run freely on it.  From this edge emerged Lord Krishna and the cow then returned. The king came to know about the miraculous occurrence and decided to follow the cow the day later to seize a peek of Lord Krishna. As soon as the king proceeded and caught a glimpse of Lord Krishna, the cow became panicky and mistakenly stepped on the mound in fear. With this accident, the child disappeared but the impression of the cleft remained, with this the king realized his mistake and prayed for forgiveness. The Lord then proclaimed that the embankment would dry up and would develop into a ‘Swayambhu Linga’ at Mahanandi, even today the signs of the cow’s cleft are visible on the top of the Linga.

Significance of Mahanandi Temple

The Mahanandi temple is famous for its pools and attracts visitors every year. The architecture of the temple, as well as the pools, reflects the dexterity of the ‘Vishwakarma Brahmins.’

Apart from this, the main temple is enclosed by three pools, one big pool inside the temple itself and two small pools at the entrance. The holy tank is 60 square feet with an outdoor exhibition area known as ‘Mandapa’ in the center. The bay and exit of the tank are organized in such a way that the depth of water does not exceed facilitating the pilgrims to dip in the holy pools. The water source is also unique as it has continuous flow regardless of the change of seasons and the water source initiates at the ‘Garbhagruha’ which is placed below the Swayambhu Linga. The devotees are also able to touch the water near the Shiva Linga.

The most significant aspect of the temple is the fact that it has been reckoned as one of the nine shrines devoted to Lord Shiva. The Nava Nandulu temples are:

  • Prathamanandi Temple also known as Padma Nandi is one the first one as the name suggests and is constructed on an embankment of the earth which is close to the Nandyal Railway station.
  • Naganandi Temple is positioned inside an Ajaneya Temple which means Hanuman Temple to the west of Nandyal.
  • Vinayakananda Temple is positioned to the left which is immediately outside the departure. To be precise, it is outside Gopuram, the northwest of Mahanandi Temple.
  • Garudanandi Temple is situated to the west of Mahanandi Temple and is as exclusive as Garuda, the kite which is attributed as the vehicle of Lord Vishnu.
  • Shivanandi Temple is situated in the Kadamala Village. This temple is roughly 13kms from Nandyal closer to the Kadamala Kaluva, a canal which is just next to Thimmavaram Village and the architectural structure is similar to that of the Chalukyas.
  • Vishnunandi Temple also knows as Krishnanandi is located 2 miles prior to Mahanandi Temple and is also one of the most visited temples.
  • Suryanandi Temple is situated 6 miles west from Mahanandi and 4 miles east from Nandyal. From U. Bollavaram village the route to this temple is through a curve raised on two large metal shafts to the right.
  • Somanandi Temple is located towards the east of Nandyal closer to Atmakur where a new temple to the Jagathjanani temple is being constructed.
  • Mahanandi Temple.

The supervising deity here is Lord Shiva who is worshiped by the name of Mahanandiswara Swamy which is in the form of a sanctified Shivalingam. The famous water source is also believed to have been evolved from beneath the self – manifested Shivalingam which is present in the sanctum sanctorum. The incredible trait of the temple is that the sanctified water gushing out of the sanctum sanctum assists in irrigating 2000 acres of fertile land around the village. The village is enclosed by rice fields, vegetables, fruits, flowers and other vegetation.

Apart from this, the Mahanandiswara Swamy Temple facing the west is enclosed by a high wall with the temple tower called Gopuram towards the north and south, of the late Vijayanagar era. The presence of Mukhamandapa, the main entrance hall with two subordinate shrines in the north and south. The Vimana which is the dome over sanctum is arched and pyramid shaped with a Shikara, a tower at the top in the Nagari style.

The fresh Koneru which means the water pools also called Pushkarani is a key factor of magnetism for all the visitors. The water is considered to come from five springs which are named ‘Srisailadhara,’ ‘Narasimhadhara,’ ‘Daivodhinidhara,’ ‘Nanditirtha’ and ‘Kailasatirtha’ respectively.

An enormous Nandi sits in front of the shrine providing the temple its name, the Mahanandi Tirtha. Close to the sanctum is a shrine devoted to the Goddess Kameshwari Devi, the companion of Mahanadeeshwara. The Srichkara in front of the deity is said to have been established by Adisankaracharya and the well-liked belief is that when one contemplate upon the Lord, one would receive an appearance which is applicable to the individual’s status ahead of the mother. The Mukhamantapa which is the entrance hall of the Goddess is a topical construction and the shrine of Kameswari Devi was recreated in 1939. In the rear of the main shrine, three small shrines containing a Shivalinga are present.

On the foundation of Mahanandiswara Temple, one can see an arched marble shrine of ‘Lord Kodanda Rama,’ the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu that was supplemented with the compound in 1953. Images of Sri Rama, Sita and Lashkmana are strikingly carved and the devotees find it complicated to progress away from them.

The sociable water of the ‘Rudrakundam’ irrigates 2000 acres of fertile land enclosing the village and the areas enfolding Mahanandiswara Temple are tranquil in nature with fruit, rice fields, flower gardens, vegetables and groves.

Mahanandi Temple Timings

  • Temple opening timings everyday : 5:30 am – 9:00 pm
  • Mangala Vadhyamulu : 4:45 am
  • Suprabhatam : 5:00 am
  • Swamy Vari Sthanika Abhishekam : 5:30 am
  • Mahamangala Harathi : 6:00 am
  • Abhishekam Swamy Variki : 6:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Laghunyasa Abhishekam : 6:30 am to 12:30 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Mahanyasa Purvaka Ekadasa Rudrabhishekam : 6:30 am to 12:30 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Festivals celebrated at Mahanandi Temple

The festival of Maha Sivrathri is one of the most popular events where numerous devotees gather to pay homage and worship Lord Shiva. The festival is celebrated for seven long days initiating from ‘Maha Bhula Chaturdasi’ which is the 14th day after full moon in February- March. Around 20,000 devotees from different parts of the country, specifically from Andhra Pradesh, Mysore and Maharashtra visit the temple on an everyday basis. Pilgrims here have the propensity to worship ‘Mallikarjunaswamy’ and then a definite order to visit the other Nandi temples are followed.

Apart  from the Maha Sivarathri, some other remarkable festivals celebrated are:

  • Ugadi: March / April
  • Vaikunta Ekadasi: December/ January
  • Kartika Poornima: November/ December
  • Vijayadashami: October

How to reach: Road, Rail, Air

  • By Air: The nearest airport to reach Mahanandiswara Temple is at Hyderabad, which is about 215km from Kurnool.
  • By Train: The nearest railway station to reach Mahanandiswara Temple is Nandyal railway station.
  • By Road: The APSRTC run bus services to the major cities like Hyderabad, Tirupathi, Kurnool, Vijaywada etc. The buses also pursue to the parts of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka such as Bellary, Bengaluru and Chennai.

The other route to the temple is the Bangalore-Nandyal route: Bangalore to Gotty to Yaganti to Nandyal to Mahanandiswara Temple.

Where to Stay

Hotels, Lodges as well as government accommodation are always available at Nandyal and such facilities are also available at Kurnool. Some of the places for accommodation include; Devasthanam Temple Choultries, TTD Choultries, Naganandi Sadan, APTDC Haritha Hotel Mahanandi at Kurnool, Hotel Balaji, New Udipi hotel, Sivapriya Lodge and much more lodging facilities are available at the Mahanandi village.

Where to Eat

Mahanandi village and the areas nearby Mahanandi Temple consist of quite a good number of hotels and restaurants with a variety of  delicacies.

Nearby Temples

There are a number of important temples located near by the Mahanandi Temple and visitors from around the country visit these temples as well.

  • Kameswari Devi Temple: Kameswari Temple is dedicated to Godess Parvati and is positioned to the south of Mahanandiswara Temple at a distance of less than 1km from Mahanandi Bus Station. The temple was constructed in 1939 and King Nandana and his ancestors were believed to perform Pujas and rituals at this temple.
  • Ahobilam Temple: Located 70km from Nandyal and 150km from Kurnool. Ahobilam temple is considered to be one among the holy sites in the Allagadda mandal in Andhra Pradesh. It has two temple houses, lower Ahobilam and upper Ahobilam and as per the legend of this temple, Lord Narasimha gave his blessings to Prahlada and slayed the demon Hiranyakashipu here.
  • Yaganti Temple: Among the many temples located in Andhra, one of the most magnificent temples is the Sri Uma Maheswara Temple also known as the Yaganti Temple or Yagantiswamy Temple is located at Yaganti which is at Kurnool in the district of Andhra Pradesh. The Uma Maheswara Temple dwells in the idols of Shiva and Parvathi also termed as Ardhanareeswara and is engraved out of a single stone. This temple is almost certainly the only place where Lord Shiva is adorned in the form of an idol and not in the form of a Shiva Linga.
  • Alampur Sri Jogulamba Devi Temple: Positioned in the district of Mahbubnagar in Telangana,  Alampur Temple is located about 90km from Mahbubnagar, 27 km from Kurnool and 200 km from Hyderabad. This temple has also been listed as an architectural and archaeological treasure on the official “List of Monuments”  under the Archaeological survey of India and under the Ancient Monuments and Archeological sites and Remains Act.
  • Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple in Chakirala: Located at Chakirala, Andhra Pradesh, Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple is one of the most will know temples of South. The most important aspect of this temple is that devotees visit the temple in order to seek wealth, salvation, relief from disorders and also to gain knowledge.
  • Nandavaram Chowdeshwari Devi Temple: Nandavaram village is mostly popular because of the presence of Chowdeshwari Devi Temple. According to the legend, Chowdeshwari Devi came from Varanasi to Nandavaram through an underground passage within a day. Also, the temple has been constructed in such a manner that the present deity resides exactly above the place where the original deity dwells.
  • Sri Kotilingala Temple: Situated in Kammasandra village in Kolar district, Kotilingala Temple also known as the Lord Kotilingeshwara Temple is about 6km from Kolar Gold Fields also known as KGF. This temple consists of the largest Linga of Asia which stands 108 feet tall and apart from this there are eleven small temples of various deities constructed within the grounds of this temple. Visitors and pilgrims visit these temples every year.

Yaganti Temple

Sri Uma Maheswara Temple or Yaganti Temple

Among the many temples located in Andhra, one of the most magnificent is the Sri Uma Maheswara Temple also known as the Yaganti Temple or Yagantiswamy Temple. It is located in Yaganti which is in Kurnool of Andhra Pradesh. This temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and is supposed to have been built in the 15th century by kings Harihara and Bukka Raya of Sangama dynasty of Vijayanagara Empire.

Yaganti Temple is extremely beautiful and is in the middle of the Yerramala Hills, surrounded by scenic beauty. Also, there are numerous caves in the hills around the temple where quite a lot of saints reside including the great Telugu saint and astrologer ‘Potuluti Veera Brahmam Garu.’  The temple dates back to 5th and 6th centuries with donations from the Pallavas, Chalukyas, Cholas and Vijayanagara rulers. Apart from this, the temple also received valuable contributions from Vijayanagara Kings Harihara and Bukka Rayalu who completed the construction of quite a lot of structures in and around the temple.

Yaganti Temple has idols of Shiva and Parvathi engraved out of a single stone. This temple is almost certainly the only place where Lord Shiva is adorned in the form of an idol and not in the form of a Shiva Linga. It is a popular belief that Agastya performed the sacrament for Lord Shiva and appealed him Lod Shiva to make an appearance in Ardhanareeswara form. Another very bizarre yet miraculous characteristic of this temple is that the idol of Nandi here keeps increasing in size.

Yaganti Temple

Yaganti Temple History

Lord Agastyar was a preacher, a Vedic saint, the earliest Siddhar & one of the Saptarishis, the seven sages who were extruded at many places in the Vedas. According to the mythology associated with the temple, Lord Agastyar desired to construct a temple for Lord Venkateswara, i.e. Lord Vishnu at Yaganti.

Accordingly, a number of rituals were performed to establish the idol of Lord Vishnu at the explicit place selected at Yaganti but to his surprise, he found that the nail of the foot thumb finger was broken. Lord Agastya was bothered to discover this and made a sacrament to Lord Shiva to be acquainted with the reason behind the incident. Lord Shiva responded positively to his prayer and appeared before him and explained that the place bear a resemblance to Kailash and it is appropriate tobe the domicile of Lord Shiva.

Sage Agastya was enthralled and demanded Lord Shiva to dwell in this place for eternity along with Goddess Parvati. So, since then the place is called as Uma Maheswara Temple where in ‘Uma’ refers to Goddess Parvati and ‘Maheswara’ refers to Lord Shiva.

Yaganti Temple is has been constructed as per the Vaishnava traditions and it demonstrates the artistic dexterity of the ancient Vishwakarma Sthapathis.

Significance of the Yaganti Temple

  • The deities of Yaganti Temple are Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati carved on a single stone.
  • There is also a cave in the name of sage Agastya who performed the sacrament towards Lord Shiva.
  • The idol of Lord Vishnu which was apparently believed to be distorted was also found in one of the caves of the temple known as Venkateswara Cave.
  • The Nandi also termed as Lord Nandeeswara, the ascend of Lord Shiva, present in the Yaganti temple is considered to be budding in size over the decades. As per the researchers, the rock out of which the idol of Nandi is made has a special characteristic which leads the rock to grow. Furthermore, it was also discovered that the idol of Nandi increases to about 10mm per eight years i.e., 1 inch per 20 years. The Archaeological Survey of India has conirmed that the growing of the size of the idol is due to Geological phenomena as per science.
  • A very significant and remarkable feature of this temple is that the Pushkarini which is the temple tank consists of sacred holy water flowing from the tank. But, the water is believed to flow from the bottom of the hill
  • A very bizarre fact about the place is that crows are forbidden to fly in Yaganti. This is because when sage Agastya was meditating here, Kakusara, the king of crows distracted him from his deliberation and in rage sage Agastya spelled his curse on the crows to prevent them from his entering his premises. Likewise, Shani, the vehicle of crows also could not go through.
  • It is also a belief that people performed Pradakshinas, rounds around the idol of Nandi years ago. One of the pillars of the temple has been removed due to the increasing size of the idol.
  • As per the Potuluri Veera Brahman, the Basavanna which is the idol of Nandi will come alive and bellow when Kaliyuga ends.
  • Following sage Agastya, Potuluti Veera Brahman, the 17th century A.D. prophet also measured the Nostradamus prediction of India. He resided in Yaganti for quite a period of time and

Yaganti Temple caves are also remarkable about the place. The following are the temple caves at Yaganti:

  • Agastya Cave: It is believed that sage Agastya performed the holy sacrament here for Lord Shiva. The shrine for Godess Parvati is also located here and one has to climb 120 steps to reach the entrance to the temple.
  • Sri Venkateswara Cave: The distorted idol of Lord Vishnu can be seen here and it is a popular belief that this idol was carved preceding the arrival of Lord Venkateswara Swamy onto Tirumala hills.
  • Sri Potuluri Veera Brahman Cave: Here, the prophet Sri Potuluri Veera Brahman spent some of his time and that’s why the cave has been named so.

Yaganti Uma Maheswara Temple, Nandi: . Also dissimilar to other Shiva temples, the idol of Nandi is not placed right opposite to Lord Shiva, rather it is located to the side of main Mantap. Sri Potuluri Veera Brahmendra Swamy declared in his prophecy that the idol of Nandi would come alive at the end of the Kaliyuga and would shout piercingly.

Yaganti Uma Maheswara Temple Akasha Deepam: The temple priest used to lit lamp using 4 litres of oil and 2-meter thick wick on an everyday basis. This was done in the evening on a ledge behind Veerabhadra Swamy Temple. The lamp burns from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm in an open air on the top of the hill.

Yaganti Temple Timings

  • Yaganti temple opens in the morning from 6:00 am to 1:00 pm and reopens in the evening from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
  • The customary Poojas and rituals are performed within this time slot on an everyday basis.

Festivals celebrated at Yaganti Temple

The main festival celebrated at the Yaganti Temple is the Maha Shivratri Which is celebrated in the month of February/March. This festival is celebrated every year and a mammoth of visitors and pilgrims come from across the country and abroad to be a part of this ceremonial festival.

How to reach: Road, Rail, Air

  • By road: It is associated with state transport to Hyderabad, Chittoor, Tirupati, Cuddapah, Nellore, Kurnool and Chennai which is 24km from the place called Allagadda and is also connected to the rest of the major cities. Buses are also available to Yaganti from Banaganapalli twice a day i.e., at 7:00 am and 3:30 pm. One can also find buses to Banaganapalli from Cuddapah, Nandyal, Hyderabad and Kurnool.
  • By Train:  The nearest railway station to the Sri Uma Maheswara Temple is the Secunderabad Railway station which is about 7 km from the temple. Nandyal railway station which is 55 km away from the temple is the nearest railway station connected to connected to major cities like Hyderabad, Howrah, Bangalore, Goa, Machilipatnam, Vijaywada, Puri, Hubli, Vizag and Bhubaneshwar.
  • By Air: The nearest airport to Sri Uma Maheswara Temple is Rajiv Gandhi International airport, Hyderabad and it is about 12km from the temple.

It is believed that the best time to visit Yaganti is in between the months of October to March while the peak season is said to be in between the months of February to March and it generally takes half of the day to explore Yaganti.

Where to stay

There are quite a lot of hotels available in and around the Yaganti Temple. Apart from the hotels, Lodges are also available at reasonable costs with all the necessary facilities and every year pilgrims from across the world visit Yaganti on an everyday basis.

Where to Eat

Free and quality food are offered to the pilgrims on a daily basis at Annanda Hall and the timings are from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm and 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm.

Nearby Temples

There are a number of important temples located near by the Uma Maheswara/ Yaganti Temple and visitors from around the country visit these temples as well.

  • Nava Narasimha Temple: This temple is located on the upper Ahobilam at a distance of 8km from Lower Ahobilam. The supervising deity of this temple is believed to be “Svayambhu” who is worshipped as Lord Ahobila Narasimha Swamy and is also known as ‘Ugra Narasimha’ because he appears in his fierce feature.
  • Shikaresvara Temple: Located in Nallamala Hill of Srisailam, Shikaresvara Temple is atop the highest point 2830 feet termed as Shikaram. This temple is bestowed to Lord Shiva and the people residing here have the propensity to believe that Lord Shiva in this temple has great healing powers and accomplish all their wishes. The temple also consists of Garbha Griha, 16 pillared Mukhmandapam and Antaralaya.
  • Sakshi Ganapati Temple: This temple is considered as one of the most holy spots recurrented by pilgrims since time immemorial. Located at a distance of 3km from Srisailam, this temple is positioned on the main road to Sikharam. As per the legend of this temple, the Ganapathi in this temple is believed to keep habitual account of the pilgrims to tender Sakshyam which means evidence of their visit to this Kshetram and so the temple is accordingly termed as Sakshi Ganapathi.
  • Mahanandi Temple: Located in the east of Nallamala Hills near Nandyal in Kurnool district, Mahanandi temple is considered to be the living temple that abides the evidence to the harmony that depicts the Hindu way of life. Lord shiva is depicted as the Lord of Nandi, his bull vehicle. Bull is also considered to be an important aspect of the agricultural world and is also bequeathed with worship because bull here, is correlated to Lord Vishnu and his incarnations
  • Sai Baba Temple: Sai Baba Temple is famous in almost all places in Indi and visitors from across the country visit this temple and offer prayers to Lord Sai Baba.
  • Iswaraswami Temple: This is also among one of the famous temples in and aroung Yaganti. This temple is also mostly popular because of the scenic beauty and the captivating view. Devotees appear in mammoth to visit the temple on a daily basis.