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#12 of 24 Places to visit in Andhra
Ideal Trip Duration: 4 Hours/Half Day
Nearest City to Yaganti: Kurnool (80 Kms), Hyderabad (308 Kms)
Best Time to Visit Yaganti: October to March
Peak Season: February to March
State: Andhra | District: Kurnool
At a distance of 55 km from Nandyal, 80 km from Kurnool, 308 km from Hyderabad, 359 km from Vijayawada & 11 km from Banaganapalle, Yaganti in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh is famous for Sri Yagantiswamy Temple (also called Uma Maheshwara Temple) dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Yaganti is one of the most famous Shiva Temple is Andhra Pradesh and also one of the popular places to experince AP Tourism. The temple dates back to 5th and 6th centuries with contributions from Pallavas, Cholas, Chalukyas and Vijayanagara rulers. The temple received significant contribution from Vijayanagara Kings Harihara & Bukka Rayalu, who finished the construction of several structures in and around the temple.
The Uma Maheshwara Temple at Yaganti houses the idol of Shiva & Parvathi (Ardhanareeswara) carved out of a single stone. This is probably the only place where Lord Shiva is worshipped in an idol form instead of Shiva Linga. It is believed that Sage Agastya performed penance for Lord Shiva at this place and requested Shiva to appear in Ardhanareeswara form which is worshipped here. Another unique feature of the temple is Nandi statue which has been growing in the size.
Yaganti is located in Yerramala hills that offer immense natural beauty and unique setting to the locality. There are a several natural caves in the hills around the temple which were home for several saints throughout the ages, including that of Great Telugu saint and astrologer Potuluri Veera Brahmam Garu.
An amazing feature of this temple is its Pushkarini with very pure water. No one knows how the water flows into Pushkarini in all the seasons. Devotees consider that a bath in the holy Pushkarini before visiting Shiva is highly beneficial.
As per legend, crows do not fly in Yaganti. When Sage Agastya was meditating here, Kakasura, king of crows disturbed him from his meditation so, he cursed the crows not to enter the premises. Thus, Shani also can't enter this place as crow is the vehicle of Shani.
Private accommodation is also available for those who want to stay here. There are several shops available that sell water & snacks, but there are no restaurants available here. Shivarathri is celebrated and a large number of devotees from all over the state. Free lunch and dinner are provided by the temple in a large dining hall and the food quality is good.
Hyderabad Airport is the nearest airport, 290 km from Yaganti. Nandyal Railway Station, 55 km away is the nearest railway station which is connected to major cities like Howrah, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Goa, Machilipatnam, Vijayawada, Hubli, Puri, Vizag and Bhubaneswar. Buses are available to Yaganti from Banaganapalli twice a day at 7 AM & 3:30 PM. Banaganapalli has several buses from Cuddapah, Hyderabad, Nandyal and Kurnool.
The best time to visit Yaganti is from October to March while the Peak Season is from February to March. Usually it takes half day to visit Yaganti.
Temple Timings: 6 AM - 1 PM and 3 PM - 8 PM