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Yaganti in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh is famous Sri Yagantiswamy Temple (also called Umamaheshwar Temple) dedicated to Lord Shiva, constructed in 15th century. At a distance of 53 Kms from Nandyal, 85 Kms from Kurnool & 305 Kms from Hyderabad, the temple is situated at a distance of 13 kms from Banaganapalle, the mandal head quarter. This temple was constructed by the first Vijayanagara Kings Harihara & Bukka Rayalu in 15th century according to Vaishnavaite tradition. An amazing feature of this temple is its Pushkarini with very pure water. No one knows how the water flows in & out of Pushkarini in all the seasons. Devotees consider that a bath in the holy Pushkarini before visiting Shiva is highly beneficial. It is proved that the Nandi idol in front of the temple is continuously increasing its size, at the rate of 1 inch per 20 years.According to history, 'crows' do not fly near temple premises. As per legend, when Agastya was praying here, crows disturbed him from his meditation so, he blight the crows not to enter the premises. Shivarathri is celebrated and a large number of devotees from all over the state.Buses are available to Yaganti from Banaganapalli twice a day at 7 AM & 3:30 PM.
At a distance of 1 Km from Yaganti Bus Station, Umamaheswara Swamy (also called Yagantiswamy) temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.This temple was constructed by the first Vijayanagara Kings Harihara & Bukka Rayalu in the 15th century according to Vaishnavaite tradition. When a devotee of Lord Shiva was worshipping, Lord Shiva appeared to him as tiger. He understood Lord Shiva's darshan in Tiger form and shouted 'Yaganti Shivanu ne kanti' and danced. Gradually it became Yaganti.The most amazing feature of this temple is its Pushkarini with very pure water. No one knows how the water flows in & out of Pushkarini in all the seasons. Devotees consider that a bath in the holy Pushkarini before visiting Shiva is highly beneficial. It is proved that the Nandi idol in front of the temple is continuously increasing its size, at the rate of 1 inch per 20 years. According to Potuluri Veera Brahmam, the Basavanna of Yaganti will come out and shout when Kaliyuga ends.
At a distance of 1 Km from Yaganti Bus Station, Agasthya Guha (cave) is the cave where Sage Agastya performed the Penance for Lord Shiva. While travelling in South India, Sage Agastya came across this place and he wanted to build a temple for Lord Venkateswara. However, the statue that was made could not be installed as the toe nail of the deity got broken. Sage Agastya was upset over this and he performed a penance for Lord Shiva. When Lord Shiva appeared, he asked the Lord the reason why he could not install Lord Venkateswara statue. Lord Shiva replied that the place suits Shiva better as it resembles Kailash. Agastya then requested Lord Shiva to give the darshan devotees along with Parvathi Goddess as Lord Uma Maheswara in a single stone, which Lord Shiva obliged.This guha can be reached by climbing very steep steps.
At a distance of 1 Km from Yaganti Bus Station, Venkateswara Guha (cave) has a damaged idol of Lord Venkateswara. This is said to be the idol made by Sage Agastya in order to built Venkateswara temple. Another story says that, first lord Venkateswara is placed in this cave instead of Tirupati. But as the idol has damaged feet, it could not be worshipped. As per Veera Brahmam Kala Gynanam, when ever in Tirupati people cannot worship god, then this place is going to be alternative instead of Tirupati.This guha can be reached by climbing very steep steps.
At a distance of 1 Km from Yaganti Bus Station, Veera Brahmam Guha is the cave where Vishwakarma Brahmin saint Sree Potuluri Veera Brahmam wrote some of his Kala Gnyanam.The height of the cave is less and one has to bend into half to enter it.
At a distance of 53 Kms from Yaganti, 80 Kms from Nandyal, 100 Kms from Ahobilam & 318 Kms from Hyderabad, Belum Caves are the second largest caves in India and the longest caves in India.Situated between Nandyal and Tadipatri in Kurnool district, the caves are 3229 meters long. These caves have long passages, spacious chambers, fresh water galleries and siphons. The deepest point of caves is at 120 feet from entrance level. The caves were formed due to erosion in limestone deposit in the area by Chitravati River, millions of years ago. Now Chitravati River flows almost 30 km south of Belum. There is a big Buddha statue near the caves. This place was used as Meditation Hall by Buddhist monks in ancient days. AP Tourism has developed pathways and bridges for easy access of the caves. A small canteen is run AP Tourism near the entrance of the caves. This place is very close to Kolimigundla village (around 2 Kms) on Nandyal - Tadipatri route, connected by frequent buses.
Mahanandi is a holy Shivaite pilgrimage center located in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh. At a distance of 15 km from Nandyal, 80 Kms from Kurnool and 290 Kms from Hyderabad, it is located near Gopavaram village. Located to the east of Nallamala Hills, Mahanandi is a picturesque village surrounded by thick forests. Within 15 km radius from Mahanandi, there are nine Nandis (Bulls) known as Nava Nandis. Mahanandi is famous for the Mahanandiswara Temple and it houses one of the Nava Nandis. This 7th century shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva is very famous and sacred place. Though the initial structure was built by Chalukyas in 7th century, several additions were done by Nanda Dynasty in 10th century and Vijayanagara Kings in 15th and 16th centuries. The gopuram over central sanctum is built in Badami Chalukyan style of architecture and other structures in the temple are in Vijayanagara style.The remarkable feature here is the crystal clear water in Pushkarini which flows throughout the year. The water is so clear and pure that even a needle at the bottom can be seen clearly. There is a huge Nandi statue outside the Mahanandiswara Temple.Other places of interest include Kodanda Ramalayam and the Kameswari Devi Temple. A famous festival is held here annually in the months of February and March.
At a distance of 140 Kms from Yaganti and 135 Kms from Nandyal, Brahmam Gari Matham is located in Kandimallayapalli village in Cuddapah District at a distance of 60 Kms from Cuddapah.This is the place where Sri Potuluri Veerabrahmam stayed, who was famous for his remarks on future of the world, also call Kala Gnyanam. Veerabrahmam is the only Prophet that the East has produced. He entered Jeeva Samadhi at this place in the year 1693. The Bramhamgari Matham was built in Kandimallayapalli at the place of Jeeva Samadhi. The walls of Matham are full of Prophet's preaching and predictions. Most of preaching were written in Veera Brahmam Guha near Yaganti.This place can be reached from Yaganti or Nandyal via Allagadda & Mydukuru.
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