Ahobilam Temple History
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Ahobilam Temple History

Ahobilam Temple History

The Lord in the Upper Ahobilam is said to be Swyambhu i.e self-manifested. There are two popular legends for the derivation of the word Ahobilam. It is said that the Devas while witnessing the ferocious form of the Lord and the terrific aspect he took on in order to tear to pieces Hiranyakasyapa sang in his praise

‘Narasimha Paramam Devam Aho Balam Aho Balam’

and hence, the place has come to be known as Ahobilam.

Another version is that because of the great cave, the Ahobila, where Garuda worshipped and realised the Lord. The place itself is come to be called Ahobila.

 

Ahobilam Temple is the only place where all the nine forms of the Lord Narasimha Swamy are worshipped. It is said that the entire Nalmalla Hills from Kurnool to Chittoor are a personification of Lord Adisesha himself whose tail end is Srisailam, whose middle is Ahobilam and whose head is Tirupati.

There are inscriptions which refer to Vikramaditya of the Western Chalukyan Kings of Kalyan (1076 AD – 1106 AD) worshipped the main deity of this temple. King Krishna Deva Raya has also visited this shrine on his return from the conquest of Kalinga and made offerings to the deity.

 

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Srisailam Mallikarjuna Temple History
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Srisailam Mallikarjuna Temple History

“Years ago, there lived a princess named Chandravathi who was the daughter of a King who ruled from the Chandragupta Patnam, on the northern bank of the Krishna river. Her father was a valiant warrior who used to be absent from his court quite often due to his other pre-occupations. The princess Chandravathi grew up into a beautiful maiden. She was very pious and devoted by nature and due to a domestic calamity, she went to a forest of Srisailam on the southern side of the river for prayer and penance. She took nothing with her except a faithful herdsman and some cattle.

The princess was living with the herdsman and the cattle, and living mainly on the forest produce, and upon the milk produced from the cows. She noticed that one black cow out of the herd was not giving any milk at all. She there up on instructed the herdsman to find out the reason for this and to watch the cow. The herdsman hid behind the cow, and watched its movements and came back and reported, that it was not yielding any milk because it gave up all its milk during the course of its wanderings. on a black stone image of Siva in the form of Linga. The princess also witnessed the scene. The night Lord appeared in the dreams of the princess and told her that the black stone lying in the forest was nothing but a manifestation of the Lord Himself. He enjoined upon the princess, the necessity for building a temple around his own Linga.

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Jogulamba Temple Alampur
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Jogulamba Temple Alampur

Jogulamba Temple Alampur

Skandapurana also refers the importance of the Goddess Yellamma (Grama Devatha) and Bhudevi. As per the Legends, Everyday, Renuka the wife of Sage Jamadagni used to bring water from river Tungabadhra in a new pot which she prepares from the clay of river Tungabadhra for the Pooja of her husband. This power of moulding clay and Sand into a pot was acquired by her due to the power of her great Pathi (Husband) Bhakti. One day, while she was busy with her daily work, she chanced to glance at a king and queen who were bathing in the river. This caused a little amount of mental disturbance in Renuka so she was not able to prepare the pot. She, therefore, returned Ashram with the empty hands.

Sage Jamadagni who was aware of the powers of his wife understood that she had deviated from her path and therefore ordered his sons to kill her at once. All of them kept quite, but Parasurama alone was dutiful and carried out the cruel order of his father. Sage Jamadagni was pleased with Parasurama’s filial affection and asked him to select any boon. Parasurama immediately asked him to bring his mother back to live. Jamadagni replied him that her head could not be attached to her body as it fell on some impure place and he gave her a boon that the head would be worshipped by the name of Yellamma, and the body would also be equally renowned in the name of Bhudevi.

 

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Yaganti basavaiah history
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Yaganti basavaiah history

Yaganti basavaiah history

Yaganti basavaiah history and Temple Legends

Yaganti Uma Maheswara Temple is a temple dedicated to Lord Siva located in Kurnool district. Sri Veerabhadra Swamy is the Kshetra Palaka (Protector) of this temple. Neganti is the actual name of this place, which means ‘I have seen’, as time passes by locals started calling by Yaganti.

 

Yaganti Uma Maheswara Temple Nandi

Most interesting part of Yaganti Nandi was sculptured on a single rock and is growing by an inch over the span of 20 years. Unlike other siva temples, Nandi is not seated right opposite to Lord Siva, it is located to the side of main mantap. Sri Pothuluri Veera Brahmendra Swamy mentioned in his prophecy that at the end of Kaliyuga, Yaganti Nandi will come alive and shouts loudly.

 

Yaganti Uma Maheswara Temple Timings

Morning Hours: 7 am –  11 am

Evening Hours: 5 pm – 8 pm

Yaganti Uma Maheswara Temple Food

Free and quality food will be provided to the pilgrims at Annanda Hall

Timings: 11 am – 2:30 pm and 8 pm – 9:30 pm

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Mahanandiswara Swamy Mahanandi Temple History
Kurnool Temples

Mahanandiswara Swamy Mahanandi Temple History

Mahanandiswara Swamy Mahanandi Temple History

One version is that in the beginning of Kritayuga, One Paravatha King had two sons called Silada and Nandi. The eldest son Silada got his name due to strict penance where he gave up eating food except Sila or Stone. The Lord was pleased by his devotion and converted Silada into a holy hills and began to live upon him. In this similar fashion, the second son Nandi did the penance for Lord Siva. Lord Siva converted him as Nandi and made him his vehicle (Vahanam). The place where Nandi did penance is considered to be the place where the present Mahanandi exists.

 

Mahanandiswara Swamy Mahanandi Temple Festivals

Maha Sivaratri will be celebrated in a grand during the months of Feb/Mar ,which varies based on Hindu calendar. During Karthika Masam which is dedicated to Lord Siva,  special events will be held and thousands of devotees used to participate during that time.

 

 

How to reach Mahanandiswara Swamy Mahanandi Temple ?

  1. Mahanandi Temple is 91 km from Kurnool Town
  2. 21 km from Nandyala Town.
  3. Shortest Route to Temple is via Thimmapur and is 17 km from Bus station.
  4.  Another  route via Giddalur road, you need to take  left diversion at Boyalakuntla cross , from there it is 24 km ride by road
  5. Nearest Railway station is at Nandyala which is 12 km from the temple
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