Mahanandeswara Swamy Temple, Mahanandi

Mahanandi is a village positioned east of the Nallamala Hills near Nandyal, Kurnool District, Andhra Pradesh, India. It’s far surrounded by using forests. Inside 15 km of Mahanandi, there are nine Nandi shrines referred to as Nava nandulu. Mahanandi is one of the Nava Nandis. The Mahanandiswara Swamy Temple, an essential shrine, is positioned here. This historic temple dates back over 1,500 years. The inscriptions of 10th century tablets speak of the temple being repaired and rebuilt numerous times.

The temple is well-known for its fresh water swimming pools, known as Kalyani or Pushkarni. The structure of the temple shows the sturdy presence of the Chalukya Kings on this region.The swimming pools of temple suggests the talent of the Vishwakarmas. The preliminary shape changed into built through Badami Chalukyas in seventh century, whilst numerous additions were carried out within the tenth and 15th centuries. The gopuram over crucial sanctum became constructed in Badami Chalukyan style of structure and other structures in the temple are in Vijayanagara style. In step with the legend, the local kings known as Nandas ruled right here in 10th century CE and built a number of temples and worshiped their ancestral deity the Nandi, subsequently the call Mahanandi. The primary temple is surrounded via 3 swimming pools: small pools at the doorway and one big pool in the temple itself. This holy tank is 60 rectangular toes (5.6 m2) with an outdoor pavilion known as a mandapa inside the centre. The inlets and shops of the tank are arranged in order that the intensity of the water is continuously kept at 5 ft, for that reason enabling pilgrims to bathe within the holy waters. Bathing in the interior big pool is illegitimate after 5 PM each day.

A peculiarity of the water source is that it has a steady waft no matter the trade of seasons. The water supply originates at the Garbhagruha (inner shrine) just below Swayambhu Linga. You can contact the water near the Shiva Linga (symbol of Shiva). The devotees can provide prayers and contact the Shiva Linga. This is unusual, because historically at temples, the principle deity is kept away from the contact of the devotees. The water is famous for its crystalline and healing qualities and is ever tepid. The outgoing water irrigates 2,000 acres (8.1 km2) of fertile land surrounding the village. The encompassing areas are under production with rice fields, fruit, vegetable and flower gardens.The temple is widely recognized for the Koneru. The water throughout the winter season can be particularly warm and vice versa at some point of the summer time. All through the early mornings, the water is lukewarm and water receives cooled gradually with the upward thrust in temperature.

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How to reach

  • By Road: APSRTC provide good bus facility to Mahanandi temple. There are 2 routes to reach Mahanandi from Nandyal Town. one route via Thimmapuram and is the shortest, around 17 KM from bus stand. Another route, via Giddalur road you need to take left diversion at Boyalakuntla cross and it will be around 24 KM distance from the Nandyal. Vijayawada – Mangalagiri – Guntur – Narsaraopeta – Vinukonda – Thripuranthakam – Giddaluru – Gajulapalle – Mahanandi Temple (330 Km) Hyderabad -Shadnagar – Jadcharla – Kothapeta – Pebberu – Kurnool — Panyam – Nandyal – Mahanandi Temple. (285 Km)
    Srisailam Temple – Dornala – Atmakur – Velugodu — Nandyal Road – Bukkapuram Village – Mahanandi Temple (170 Km) Srisailam Temple – Dornala – Atmakur – Velugodu – Nandyal Road – Bukkapuram Village – Mahanandi Temple (170 Km)
  • By Train: Gajulapalli Railway Station is very close to Mahanandi temple. Distance from Gajulapalli Railway station to Mahanandi is roughly 6 KM. The next nearest Railway Station is present at Nandyal Junction-19 KM.
    Vijayawada — Mangalagiri — Guntur — Narsaraopeta — Vinukonda — Donakonda — Markapuram — Kambum — Giddaluru — Gajulapalle — Mahanandi Temple
    Hyderabad — Kachiguda – Shad Nagar — Mahaboob Nagar – Gadwala – Kurnool – Dhone – Nandyal.
    Tirupati – Pileru — Madanapalle Road – Kadiri – Dharmavaram Junction – Ananthapur – Dhone Junction – Bethamcherla – Panyam – Nandyal
  • By Air: The nearest airport is Orvakal (At present no airoplanes are runnig).
    Hyderabad Airport: From Shabad Airport to Kurnoo (via Bus and Via Train)
    Kadapa Airport: From Kadapa Airport to Nandyal (Via Bus)
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How to reach

  • Nearest airport is Hyderabad
  • Nearest railway station is Gajulapalli¬†
  • Nearest bus stations are Nandyal and Mahanandi¬†
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