Temple Tourism

Srisailam:

It is located at 180Kms from Kurnool and 210 Kms from Hyderabad an attitude of over 1500 ft. above the Sea level in the picturesque natural environment in the Northern most part of the Nallamalas hill range.  The temple at Srisailam is the ancient and sacred place of South India.  The presiding deity of the place is Brahmaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy in natural stone formations in the shape of Lingam and is listed as one of the twelve Jyotirlingams existing in the country. The Temple built in 14th Century and the walls are carved with depictions of elephants hunting scenes and Lord Shiva in different manifestations. Apart from the main temple there are other places like Sikhareswaram, the gates of Heaven, Hatakeswaram and PalaDhara – PanchaDhara, Sakshi Ganapathi, Sivaji spurthikendra, Pathala Ganga, Chenchu Lakshmi Tribal Museum & Rajeev Gandhi Wild life sanctuary etc. are well worth for visit.

Mahanandi:

Mahanandiswara temple in Mahanandi mandal is a reputed pilgrim center and that dates back to the 7th century A.D.  It is Located at a distance of 14 Kms from Nandyal and 80 Kms from Kurnool.  It is a scenic spot having its location to the east of the Nallamalas hill range in a natural set up of ravishing beauty surrounded by thick forest.   The remarkable feature here is the crystal clear water which flows throughout the year from perennial springs. The festival of Mahanandiswara is celebrated during February- March. Pilgrims and Tourists from all parts of India particularly South Indians visit this place throughout the year. Apart from the above there are other places like Pushkarani, a pond with water so clear and pure that even a pin at the bottom can be seen, KodandaRamalayam and Kameswari Devi temple are the visiting places.

Ahobilam:

It is a great religious center of antiquity and is situated at a distance of 68 Kms. from Nandyal, 28 Kms.  From Allagadda and 160 Kms from Kurnool.

At upper Ahobilam worship is offered to Navanarasimha (Nine Forms of Lord Narasimha) where as at lower Ahobilam down the hill the temple of Prahladavarada is located.  The Brahmotsavam is celebrated in the month of February – March attracting large number of devotees. Other sites worth seeing are Amruthavalli tavar temple, Sannidhi Pushkarini, Bhashyakara Sannindi.

Manthralayam:

Mantralayam is situated on the banks of river Tungabhadra and Lying 90 kms from Kurnool.  It derived its importance form the Jeevasamadhi of Madhva Saint Sri Raghavendra Swamy. The Choultries and Sanskrit School are the real attracting of these places and draws thousands of devotees from South India particularly Madhvas. On there the places to see including Raghavendra Swamy Brindavan, the tomb that Swamy entered alive, Panchamuki Anjaneya Swamy Temple and Venkateswara Swamy Temple are the important visiting spots.

Yaganti:

Yaganti lies at a distance of 11 Kms.  From Banganapally and 90 Kms from Kurnool situated admists natural scenery with caves and water falls around.  The   presiding deity is Uma Maheswara Swamy popularly known as Yaganti Swamy.   This deity is in the form of Statue and its tower posses beautiful sculptures.   The most striking scenic at this temple is huge Nandi of size of   15’ X 10’ X   8’.     Mahasivaratri Festival celebrated here and attracts large gathering of Hindus.

Sri Chowdeswari Devi Temple:

The famous temple of Chowdeswari Devi at Nandavaram near Kurnool is one of the many treasures which Andhra Pradesh holds. It is said that the actual deity that was present in the temple was so fearful to watch with the human eye and the powerful aura it carried made many a heart fail on seeing it. Therefore, the doors of the sanctum were permanently closed and then another deity was made, which resembled posture of the actual deity. There is a Srichakra in front of the deity and devotees can worship with vermilion (Kumkum Archana). The annual Brahmostav celebrations are held for 15 days from Devi Navaratrulu to Pournami, when there is a devotional night celebrations for people within and outside the village. 53 km from Orvakal

Shiridi Saibaba Temple, Kurnool:

On the bank of the holy Tungabhadra River delightful atmosphere the found stone of (Star) Nakshatra Saibaba Temple was laid by K.Veera Swamy Naidu in the year of 1947 and Saibaba Vigraham was erected in 1951 at the Dasara Navaratri utsav. Before the Shridi Sai Baba and first in the world level got named as Dakshina Shridi Sai Baba highlighting. In this Dasara Navaratri ustavalu, Dattajayanti, Gurupournami, Sri Rama Navami and other festivals going on. On every Thursday thousands of devotes are attending and getting their hopes faithing.

Saraswati Devi Temple (Kolanubharati):

Kollam Bharathi Temple locally known as Kollanubharathi is well known for Saraswathi Devi Temple, the Goddess of learning in this region. So far separate shrines for this Goddess Saraswathi are existing one at Jammu and Kashmir region, another one at Basara in Adilabad District of A.P. This Kolanu Bharathi Temple is said to be the third one of its kind in all over India and naturally gains its importance. On throughout exploration in this area. It is observed, this area was once dominated by Chalukyas of Kalyana of 11-12th CAD period. Few inscriptions in this region of Kothapalli, Sivapuram near by places of Kolanu Bharathi belongs to the Chalukyan kings. Particularly one inscription that exist on a stone planted in front of the Malleswara Temple, a old sivite temple at Sivapuram village 5 kms distance from Kolanu Bharathi Temple in Kothapalli (M) of Kurnool District. The present Saraswathi Temple at Kolanu Bharathi is seems to made probably by making much alternations to the original structure. The temple is facing to north and it consists of Garbargriha and pillared Mukhamantapa. The Saraswathi Devi is sitting in padmasana posture with four arms. She is carrying ‘Pasam and ‘Parasu’ with her upper arms, the lower left arm is holding the ‘Pusthaka’ and right arm is in ‘Abayahastha’.

Just opposite to the Saraswathi Devi Temple group of temples that is seven shrines in good condition is existing. The seven shrines group of temples indicates the ‘Sapthakuta’ concept of Chalukyan architecture one shrine is facing to eastern side and three temples are existing very close to the another one in a row facing towards south and north directions with common platform. At a distance from this group of temples except a small perennial water spring from the Nallamala hill ranges, to meet the drinking water problems, no other water sources are available to the pilgrims in this region.

It is observed that present nearby village are used to attending this temple with their families mostly on bullock carts, particularly on Fridays and Mondays taking their bath preparing food, worshipping the Goddess even for ‘Akshrabhyasa’ occasion for their children spending in this premises enjoying the forest greenery, natural water springs, pictures que sceneries, climbing up to the natural cave in the premises spending their time up to the evening.

Sangameswaram Temple:

Sangameswaram is a place where seven rivers joints and known on Saptanadi Sangameswaram. The river Veni, Tunga, Bhadra, Bheeravathi, Malyaprabha, Bhavanasi joins Krishna. It was known that Darmaraja of Pandawas established sivalingam at the junction of the rivers. Normally most of the time this temples is submerged in Srisailam back water. It appears in Summer Season, this is situated 60 km from the Kurnool.

Sri Lakshmi Maddileti Narasimha Swamy Temple, R.S.Rangapuram Village:

Sri Maddileti Narasimha Swamy Temple is located Huge of Rock area about 8 km from R.S.Rangapuram Village. The temple has maintained by Endowment Department. They are performing 9 days Mukkoti Ekadasi Bramhostavam festival as main festival. This festival attracts thousands of pilgrims from the surrounding villages with grand manner. Almost of the pilgrims visits this destination for devotional purpose. They visit the temple to perform abishekhams, pujas & vrathams. Some of the devotees perform marriages, tonsure ceremonies etc at this destination. This location is very beautiful and natural rock scenario. It is attracting more devotees and also there was beautiful water falls in the name of “Kothula Gundam” and “Thirugudu Gundam”. Every Saturday lacks of people attending for devotional purpose. The temple situated on the banks of Madduleru Vagu. Therefore the God name is Maddileti Swamy calling. That continues devotees Sri Maddileti Narasimha Swamy Devotees celebrate Mukkoti Ekadasi Bramhostav every year in the months of May, June and July.

Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Kolimigundla Village:

The temple was constructed during the period of Sri Krishnadevaraya. There is an idol of Sri Krishnadevaraya. In this temple with two wife’s of Sri Krishnadevaraya idols of Chinnadevi and Thirumaladevi. The shrine of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha is piece of excellent architecture workmanship depicting the Vijayanagara style of art. It is situated on the 750 feets height on hillock. There is wonderful sculptural representation on the walls of the temple.

Sri Panikeswara Swamy Temple, Panyam:

Long ago the land was ruled by King Vishnu Vardhan. The wild animals destroying the crops and villagers. The king chased the wild animals in the forest to protect villagers. While the king was in sleep his hands fell on the chest of his daughter. Facing him self as sin, he cut his two hands even though his daughter and people objected to do. Then the king decided and kept in a place of snakes. Automatically his hands re appeared. He constructed a temple on the name of Panikeswara Swamy (Pani mean hands) on the deity provided two hands again to the king. Devotees celebrate the Karthikamasam and Sivarathri as main festivals. They are celebrating every year Kalyana Utsavalu in a grand manner.

Sri Bugga Ramalingeswaram Swamy Temple, Kalvabugga Village:

The ancient temple Sri Bugga Rameswara Swamy was on the NH-18 in Orvakal Mandal 32 km from Kurnool. The Nature springs, hill rows are the main attractions of this temple. Five Lingas are in this temple complex. In 1983 Sri Jayendra Saraswathi of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam inaugurated the Sri Bramarambha Devi Shrine in this temple. The row of hills and stream with full of greenery coconut and olive trees and plants attract the pilgrims and tourists. Devotees celebrate the Sivarathri, Karthikamasam and Bramhostavalu as main festivals.

Sri Mahayogi Lakshmamma Avva, Adoni:

India is a multi lingual country. Every region is endowed with marvelous temples and pious people. In this connection Mahayogi Lakshmamma is a lady with miracles. Adoni town is 100 kms away from Kurnool.

Mahayogi Lakshmamma born in a down tradden community in a small village Musapalli in Adoni Taluk. Her parents are Harijana Bandenna and Mangamma. In her child hood she was spent lonely and never mingle with people. Often smiles and behaves different manner and nude. Her parents and relatives thought that she is mad, lastly her parent’s marriage celebrated. She was sent to her in-laws residence. She removed her mangalasutra and clothes, returned home. Her parents and relatives harassed her physically. There is no resistance and response from her. She is devining. Lakshmamma deserted from Musapalli and unknowly walked to Adoni.

Lakshmamma lived on roads and slept under trees in Adoni. She got devine powers. The divineness and miracles were observed by one Rayachoti Ramaiah, a business man of Adoni town. He became disciple of Lakshmamma. People use to visit her and blessed by Lakshmamma. Lakshmamma devine, blessing spread to near by distribute of Kannata. She died on 16th May, 1933. Her disciples constructed a temple on Samadhi with marble stone and Kalyana Mandapam. Annually festival is conducted for Lakshmamma.

Devotees celebrate the Jathara in every year in the month of May. Pilgrims are visiting this destination from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Telangana etc.,

Sri Ramalayam, Peddatumbalam Village:

Built by Western Chalukyas. Jain religion propagated in Kurnool District one of the historical evidence in Chippagiri, Halivi and Pedda Thumbalam. The Jain temple builted in Peddathumbalam reflects style with marble stone with the architecture in Nallagonda Kolanupaka jain temple. The new jain temple constructed modern style. Beautiful architecture, two important thrathkars 23, 24 idelos in the temple Peddathumbalam is a very biggest jain temple in Kurnool District. This Ramalaya Temple established Seetarama, Lakshmana idols. It is one of the biggest North Indian Model gopuram (style) established in south India at Peddatumbalam village in Kurnool District.  There is number of sculptures, beautiful temple are under control of Archeology & Museums Dept and also another historical thousand pillar temple is there. That is also renuined condition. This temple was previously Jain temple right now converted to Ramalayam Temple.  People believe in that Lord Rama gives good health and wealth.

Sri Chennakesava Swamy Temple, Owk Village:

In Kurnool District Owk Village Sri Bhulakshmi and Sri Chennakeshava Swamy are associate God name and fame as fulfilling the wishes of the peoples. The Owk Tirunala is prominent stage of other Tirunalas among the surrounding in Rayalaseema Region. With the willingness of Sri Krishnadevaraya this temple was constructed. As per the historical witness of that period this temple was constructed by the Jagirdar Nandyala Krishnama Raju in 16th century. As per the instructions of Sri Chennakeshava Swamy after his completion of yagnam performance dreamed that to fix the black statue of Talamanchi Patnam Village, Jammalamadugu Mandal, Cuddapah District must be erected in newly constructed temple. For the purpose of public facilities the Krishnama Raju has constructed a fort surrounding the temple and number of wells and canals. In the Chitramasam the Chennakeshava Swamy Tirunala celebrates grandly once in a year. The people massively participate all castes and creeds in this great Tirunala with there atmost their hearts willing. And the possession of the Chennakeshava Swamy proceeds main streets of the Village and spread Bhakthi and Shanthi in peaceful manner.

Sun Temple, Gani Village:

Sun Temples are rare in India. The Konark sun temple is first one, the Arsavelli sun temple – Srikakulam Dist is the second and the 3rd sun temple located at Gani Village, Gadivemula Mandal, Kurnool District is considered as a prominent sun temple of 400 years oldness. As per the source of historical inscriptions the Guru Raja Acharya Swamy constructed this sun temple by performing yagnam of sun lord taking with only one glass milk and 2 bananas daily up to the completion period of the yagnam. At last the sun lord came into existence and ordered him to erect Sun Vigraham on on particular place positions. Then the temple began to start as per the vastu exactly. During the construction, one big snake came there and the people worried about the emotional feelings of the gigantic shape of the snakes. With worryness the labour on the sight killed the snake. In the dream of the Guru Raja Chari the snake warned that the snake was my self on the sight so by killing me you will not have male baby and the temple will be remained ruined for some period. In result of that shapam the sun temple of Gani village is going to be renunciation. Sri Guru Raja Chari expired himself (JEEVA SAMADHI) in this site before 15 years of the Sri Raghavendra Swamy of Mantralayam as per the historical inscriptions. Sri Kasi Reddy Nayana started visiting the various places. Last but not least Kasi Reddy Nayana visited this Sun temple of Gani village after a long period of 10 years at night in a dream Sri Guru Raj Chari came and ordered him to be renuienciated this temple. On the next day onwards Kasi Reddy Nayana started his struggle hardly to renuiencitated this sun temple with his own interest. The followers of Kasi Reddy Nayana also participated in this campaign with faith. And named this temple area as “BRUNDAVANAM” and erected Kasi Reddy Nayana statue after passing away Kasi Reddy Nayana. Devotees celebrate the Karthikamasam and Shivarathri as main festivals with their utmost faith.

Sri Suryanarayana Swamy Temple (Sun Temple), Nandikotkur:

Nandikotkur is a small town situated in between Kurnool – Guntur state highway and at a distance of 32 kms from Kurnool. A sun temple was constructed by Chanikyas in the year 1080 A.D. During the Chanikyas dynasty Shivamatham. Thousands pillars temple in Warangal and Ramappa Temple are examples from Chanikya constructions. During the reign of Prataparudra of Kakatiya dynasty Nandikotkur was a place in Navanandi circle. There are Navanandi steps in the village. Sirisinga deva, a governor of Prataparudra believed to have constructed the Surya Narayana Swamy Temple.

Roja Darga, Kurnool:

Roja Dargah is situated on the bank of Tungabhadra River in Roja Village; it is very adjacent to Kurnool City. Most probably the Kurnool people called Roja Dargah as “Roja Baba Dargah” actually in the year of 562 years ago Baba Hazarat Syed Shah ishaq Sanaulla Khadri came to Roja from Bogdad after performing 50 years strict Chillas. As per his murshad instructions and directions he started towards India and finally reaches Roja Village. At that time people were usually visit him and by seeing his enlighten face inspire themselves and feel happy by irradicating their illness from their surroundings and called him as popularly Baba.

Large of the devotees came to perform prayers and receiving moral lessons from Baba. At that time Nawab Sattar Khan was apartedly and jealously tries to diverse the people towards Baba and restricted to people not to attend Babas presence of prayers. And the Nawab with fabulous wealth and well standard tomb of his own was constructed but no body is attending to this Nawab tomb till on this day also.  After 500 years passing away of Baba among his kith and kins are performing the Urs ceremony as per Islamic rules. In his Urs lakhs of people i.e. Hindu, Muslims and all other communities come together and get their heartily will and wishes in Baba’s Dargah.

On the 29th of Shaban Hizri Year the Sandal of Baba perform at the highest standard level. Next day Urs and Fatheha and Seeratu Awliya session took place and Nathiya Mushayara also organizing in which several poets come over here to presenting their Nathiya Kalam and inspired the audience. On the third day Fatheha Khani took place. In that event the Sajjada presents rewards to the devotees.

Jamiya Masjid, Adoni:

The South Indian finest biggest and beautiful Masjid is in Adoni with all facilities. In 1672 A.D Siddi Masood Khan Khaji constructed with the permission of Bijapur Sulthan with Granite stone the structure is marvelous. Upper gummaj and interior decoration, paintings with the quotes of Quran are worthy. This beautiful Masjid is as big as Hallikaja in Mucca. The tremendous structure is glory to our district heritage. In this Masjid a pecular chains are found which are carved with a single stone. This Masjid is also comparable to Macca Masjid of Quli Qutub Shahi Sultanate of Golconda period situated in Hyderabad.

Coles Centennial Telugu Baptist Chruch, Kurnool:

The Coles Centennial Baptist Church of Kurnool was constructed in 1918 A.D. One eminent britisher namely Stanton as a friendly motivated to Dr.J.Akkarman Coles about the Kurnool region and its people needs i.e. the prayer places as well as educational centers to be opened. In response of the motivation and struggle of Stanton Coles donated the needs and requirements to fulfill the projects namely Coles Centennial Baptist Church & Cole’s Educational Centers, E.C.M school and S.T.B.C College etc., in Kurnool region. This church is constructed on the base of Skatish model. This church is attracting to every visitors as it is made of rock stone in full shape of attraction with wide palace of prayer. This church is situated in the heart of the Kurnool city and very near to Kurnool Historical Fort and old bus stand. Devotees celebrate the Christmas, New year and Good Friday as main festivals.

Sri Omkareswara Swamy Temple, Bandiatmakur (V)

Sri Siddeswara Swamy Temple is a Shiva temple located at Omkaram, Andhra Pradesh in India. Sri Omkareshwaram Temple is located 14 km from Nandyal, it amidst the thick Nallamalai Forests. The other major sights are Nava Nandi Temples i.e. Surya Nandi, Krishna Nandi and Garuda Nandi. Adding to the serene surroundings is the perennial flow of crystal clear water from perennial springs, the water from which also feeds the temple tank. Devotees from afar do not leave without taking a holy dip.

Urkunda Narasimha Swamy (Eranna) Temple, Urkunda Village:

Urukunda Eranna Swamy Temple is a famous temple in the Urukunda Village of Kowthalam Mandalam, Kurnool District. Here sanctum Sanctorum is a holy Peepal tree under which there are idols of Veerabadra Swamy and Lakshmi Narasimha which are worshipped as per the Veera Saiva tradition.  As per legends, a sage named Hiranya, also popular as Eranna or Veeranna, did several years of penance under a Peepal tree in Urkunda Village. The grazing cows of the village used to gather around him and he used to spend a lot of time caring them and talking to them. The kind villegers visited him with fruits and food and sought his blessings. It is believed that with his divine power the Sage cured chronic diseases of the villagers.

One day the villagers could not find Sage Veeranna at his usual place, but instead, there was an idol of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha under the Peepal tree. They believed that it was sage Veeranna who had appeared as Narasimha Swamy. They installed the idol under the Peepal Tree properly and began to worship him as Lakshmi Narasimha.

Sri Omkareswara Swamy Temple, Bandiatmakur (V):

Sri Siddeswara Swamy Temple is a Shiva temple located at Omkaram, Andhra Pradesh in India. Sri Omkareshwaram Temple is located 14 km from Nandyal, it amidst the thick Nallamalai Forests. The other major sights are Nava Nandi Temples i.e. Surya Nandi, Krishna Nandi and Garuda Nandi. Adding to the serene surroundings is the perennial flow of crystal clear water from perennial springs, the water from which also feeds the temple tank. Devotees from afar do not leave without taking a holy dip.

Yellarthi Darga:

Shashavali, Shaikshavali Dargas situated at yellarthi Village of Holagunda Mandal. There is organizing committee means Walkboard committee they conducted every year in the month of April celebrated Urs festival in a grand manner. The destination has national importance. Pilgrims are visiting this destination almost all States but mostly, Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Maharastra, Telangana & Andhra Pradesh etc.