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”

Saleswaram-‘Amarnath’ of South

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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”