Did you ever hear about Kadiri (or Khadri), a famous pilgrimage in the Anantapur District District, Andhra Pradesh? You would feel like, if you read this article. The main deity of the temple is Lord Nrusimha, called as Ashta Bahu Sri Nrusimha. The main deity idol in the temple is so unique that it sweats like human after the performing of obeisance called Abhishekam performed for the temple every day, even after the priests performing the custom wipe it clean with the cloth. Continue reading “A Temple of Sweating Idol !”
Did you ever heard of a growing idol? Then you must know about Yaganti (originally Neganti) shrine in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh, India. The famous Yaganti cave and hill temple has with Umamaheswara as its main deity and also a maginificent Nandi idol, in front of ‘Garbhagruha’ as in all Lord Shiva temples usually. The interesting part of this temple is the ‘growing Nandi idol’.You heard it right. The Nandi idol in the temple has been growing gradually over the centuries. The idol, which was very small over the last century, has grown in size over a century, and has currently filled the space between the idol and the pillar beside it, the path of pradakshina (moving around holy idols in Hindu temple tradition). Continue reading “A Temple of Gradually-Growing Idol”
Pushpagiri, a small village in Cuddapah District of Andhra Pradesh, India, is one of the significant shrines in South India, with the history dating back to pre-vedic times. Pushpagiri (Pushpa=Flower and Giri=Hill), once called Kampalle, derived its name from an act by Lord Garuda, the vehicle-god of Lord Vishnu. To save his mother from his stepmother Kadhru, Garuda accepts his stepmothers’ wish of getting Amrutham/ holy nectar. Following this, Garuda wins a fight with King Indra (the heaven king) and wins the holy nectar. Continue reading “Pushpagiri: A Hari-Hara Kshetram, Centuries-old History and a Unique Sreechakra”
Lepakshi Temple, located in Hindupur mandal of Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, is an architectural beauty created by the Vijayangara Kingdom during the 1336–1646 period. This temple of Lord Veerabhadra is the most mysterious temple with 70 massive pillars, with ‘one of them, stunningly, hanging’. This pillar doesn’t touch the ground and hangs from the top ceiling, leaving a noticeable space, through which, one can even pass a kerchief-like cloth/ any material of similar size. Continue reading “Lepakshi-A Temple of Hanging Pillar!”
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Saleswaram, often termed as Telangana Amarnath Yatra, is one of the oldest divine destinations in the Telugu-speaking region of South India, in the Nallamala Forest range of Mahbubnagar (Telangana)-Kurnool (Andhra Pradesh) border, near the famous Srisailam.
The temple has its history dating back to DwaparaYuga, where, King Arjuna of Pandavas was said to have performed japa, for getting Paasupataastra from Lord Shiva. The main deity at this place is called ‘Lingamaiah’ and is located in deep caves. This is also a destination of scenic beauty with a long waterfall (thousand meters high) and the natural forest view. Enthusiasts also choose this destination for their ‘trekking’ activity. Continue reading “Saleswaram-‘Amarnath’ of South”