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Sri jagajjanani temple

This is Bala ratnakar from Vijayawada, a dedicated devotee to Our Universal Mother Goddess, writing about the World famous and the only 2nd temple of its kind is Sri Jagajjanani Temple at Nandyal on behalf of Sri Siva Naga Pullaiah Garu(Founder of the Temple).Sri Jagajjanani Matha (Ammala Kanna Amma) which is located at a holy place called Nandyal (A sacred place where Nava Nandi s located) in Kurnool District, Andhra Pradesh, India. Sri Jagajjanani Temple in the name itself indicates that this is the temple for Mother of World (Mother of All Gods and Goddesses). In Telugu language Jagamu means World and Janani means Mother (Sri- Jagajjanani means Mother of World). The Goddess located here is Sri Jagajjanani, she is mother of Universe. When I visited the temple, I got best relative feelings with Sri Jagajjanani-The Goddess when I am watching her Idol. I say (and you also say if once you visit there feeling that this is the Idol which we cannot see anywhere else in the entire world except in this Temple at Nandyal. Here I am giving the best explanation about the temple and its importance to visit. This is the only 2nd temple of its kind in the entire planet except the 1st one in Himalayas near Lake ManasaSarovaram, which is already collapsed and that why this is the only temple which is consisting of Sri Jagajjanani Idol in entire world. Temple contains Gopuram which is very beautiful with various forms of Matha as Idols on the shrine. Gopuram means temple dome or top in telugu, this temple gopuram consists of all the forms of gods and goddesses and they are Mukkoti Devathalu, and Crores of living beings, Kalpa Vrukshamu, Holy seven sages,Holy seven mothers(Saptha Matrukalu),Nava Durgas and, Ashtadasa Sakthi Peetalu etc. So the gopuram of the temple is also a rare and sacred thing to see there.      Book Now

Shiva Nandi Temple

Nandyal, in Andhra Pradesh, is accessible from many places and my trip took me there from Cuddappah. I was on a pilgrimage to visit the Mahanandi Temple and the other smaller shiva temples around Nandyal, collectively called as the Nava Nandi Kshetrams. Mahanandi is the largest and most famous of the Nava Nandi temples. Surrounding Mahanandi within 15-km diameter range, 8 other temples of Nandi are present namely Prathama Nandi, Naga Nandi, Soma Nandi, Surya Nandi, Shiva Nandi, Vishnu Nandi, Vinayaka Nandi and Garuda Nandi. The suggested visiting order for the Nava Nandis based on practical route is as follows Prathama Nandi, Naga Nandi, Soma Nandi, Surya Nandi, Siva Nandi, Krishna Nandi, Garuda Nandi, Mahanandi and Vinayaka Nandi. The complete tour can be completed in half a day if one starts at 6.00 AM. Engage a diesel auto (for about INR 600) and make the tour. As the roads leading to Krishna Nandi, Siva Nandi and Surya Nandi are cart tracks, rugged at many places, a small car may not be advisable. Directions for Nava Nandis.Naga Nandi is inside Anjaneya temple, which is located very near the Nandyal bus stand.Soma Nandi is towards east of Nandyal(almost inside nandyal town), very near the upcoming Jagajanani temple.Surya Nandi is located on the road to Mahanandi. After about 4 miles from Nandyal look out for a sign called U.Bollavaram village and take the immediate right (identified by a arch erected on two large metal poles) and go for a kilometer to reach this temple.      Book Now


Located in a picturesque environment of Nallamalai Hills, Srisailam the abode of Siva and Sakthi is on the right side of the river Krishna in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. It is at an altitude of 476 meters above the sea level, at Latitude of 16 12 North and Longitude of 78 5 East. The presiding Deities of this Kshetram God Mallikarjuna Swamy is one of the twelve Jyothirlingas and Goddess Bhramaramba Devi is one of the eighteen Mahasakthis and both are believed to be selfmanifested. The unique feature of this Kshetram is the co existing of Jyothirlingam and Mahasakthi in one Temple complex, which is the rare and only of its kind. At this place the river Krishna flows through a deep narrow valley, approximately 100 meters wide and nearly at a depth of 1000 meters from the hill top. The river flows at a distance of 70 Km to the up of Srisailam and continues to flow in the same valley for a further distance of 80 Km to the down till it reaches Nagarjunasagar. The narrow flow of the river at such deep valley is fine looking and more pleasant near Srisailam where it is called as Pathalaganaga. Actually the river takes two repeated bends at Pathalaganga with in a short distance and makes a large stretch of high Plateau in each bend. The right part of it we have Srisailam and whereas on the left there is ruined Chandraguptanagara which is mentioned in the Skandapurana and also some of the celebrated Literary works of 12th to 16th centuries. In the traditional Hindu mythology, this Kshetram is identified as the Kailasa on the earth and named as ILA KAILASAM. Besides its mythical antiquity, Srisailam is also having a hoary historical antiquity. Starting from the Satavahanas who were the earliest rulers of Andhradesa, the region around Srisailam appears as a prominent religious centre and it continues to be so into the present times. The inscriptional evidences available at Srisailam are of the 12th century A.D and afterwards, which is very intriguing. However, the inscriptions belonging to various early historical places found in various parts of the Deccan and Andhra Pradesh, testify to its historical antiquity starting from first century A.D. In this small book the temple complex of Srisailam is analysed from the view point of chronology, art and architecture, sculpture and iconography.      Book Now


Situated on the Gundla Brahmeswaram plateau the Gundla Brahmeswara Wildlife Sanctuary spreads over the Nallamallai hill range and includes lovely valleys and green plateaus. The Gundlakamma River stretches across the sanctuary. The perennial river provides water to the inhabiting animals and the lush surrounding, the valleys and the undulating topography offers a comfortable habitat for the animals. The vegetation of the region consists of mixed deciduous forests and trees like Teak, Dalbergia, Boswelia, Shisham, Andug, Prerocarpuss, Terminalia, Albizzia, Anogeissius and Bamboo. Gundla Brahmeswara Sanctuary The varied wildlife found in the Gundla Brahmeswara Sanctuary includes langur, jungle cat, panther, tiger, mouse deer, and hyena and bonnet monkey. Some of the reptiles found in the region are monitor lizard, python and marsh crocodile. Some of the endangered species of animals living in the Gundla Brahmeswara Sanctuary are chausingha, chinkara, nilgai, black buck, sambar and pangolin. The best time to visit the Gundla Brahmeswara Sanctuary is between October and May as the weather remains pleasant and hence animals to prefer to remain outdoors. During the summer months most animals prefer to remain indoors to stay away from the heat.      Book Now

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