Where Flame Lit with Coconut Water!

We are speaking about a small village called Agrahaaram in the Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh. Its a village that has its history dating back to pre-15th Century. The village is famous for its Nrusimha Swamy hill temple, which has unique and stunning facts surrounding it. The villagers perform a annual day-festival called Madugu Bhajana (A Worship of Utmost Devotion), as an offering to the main deity in the hill temple. The interesting part of this festival is that the devotees lit deepam (holy flame) with coconut water! Continue reading “Where Flame Lit with Coconut Water!”

A Temple of Gradually-Growing 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”