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Madhavaraya Swamy Temple

For a long time, we thought Gandikota was a fictional place, thanks to the popular 1960s Telugu movie Gandikota Rahasyam (The secret of Gandikota)! It was not until we started some serious travel and began exploring the internet for places of interest in Andhra Pradesh that we came across Gandikota and realized that it was not just some imaginary place for the legendary actor NTRs acting adventures but a mine of real history and breathtaking landscapes. Gandikotas history goes back to the early 12th Century A.D, it served as a formidable fort in the South under various dynasties starting from the Western Chalukyas, the Kakatiyas, Vijayanagar and Qutub Shahi kings. Gandikotas claim to fame is also the Penna Gorge, popularly known as the Grand Canyon of India!From Haritha resort, you can walk up to the fort but since it was a hot day, we took our cars. A rusty sign board and the mighty fort walls greet you at the entrance. The village of Gandikota, even to this day, resides inside the fort. Time seems to have stood still here, the narrow lanes and the stone walls give the village a straight out of history books look. There is a tower in the middle of the road, the information board calls it the Charminar and it offended a few of us Hyderabadis.      Book Now



Mukthi-Rameswaram

One of the historical place. Load Rama as prepared 7 Siva lingas while going in search of Sitha. One of the siva linga was prepared in proddatur Rameswaram temple (also called Mukthi Rameswaram). And also there is a saying that the people who visit Kasi should visit Rameswaram in proddatur to complete there Kasi journey. One of the old temple in proddatur .Mukt i Rameswaram Temple is on the banks of Pinakini River. Sri Ram in order to get rid of his sin, in killing Ravana the king of Lanka, who was a brahmin decided to install a Siva Lingam at this place. He had to consecrate the Siva Lingam made by him with the sand as Hanuman who was sent to Kashi to procure the Siva Linga could not return within the asupicious time. The Siva Linga is called Saikata Lingam. In order to please Hanuman, Sriram installed another Siva Linga brought over by him from Kashi a few paces away and opposite to Saikata Lingam. The Kshetrams are, therefore, called Ramalingeswara Kshetram and Hanuman Kshetram. The Temple is protected with high walls and are having two doors. According to the inscriptions, Sri Krishna Devaraya got constructed a five storyed Gopuram over the temple. The beautiful images of several Gods sculptured around the Gopuram speaks of high efficiency and calibre of the sculptors of those days. According to the legend, Sri Ram consecrated the Saikata Lingam before the rise of the Sun and hence the place is called Proddatur. History of the Temple in Brief Mukti Rameswaram Temple is on the banks of Pinakini River. Sri Ram in order to get rid of his sin, in killing Ravana the king of Lanka, who was a brahmin decided to install a Siva Lingam at this place. He had to consecrate the Siva Lingam made by him with the sand as Hanuman who was sent to Kashi to procure the Siva Linga could not return within the asupicious time. The Siva Linga is called Saikata Lingam. In order to please Hanuman, Sriram installed another Siva Linga brought over by him from Kashi a few paces away and opposite to Saikata Lingam. The Kshetrams are, therefore, called Ramalingeswara Kshetram and Hanuman Kshetram. The Temple is protected with high walls and are having two doors. According to the inscriptions, Sri Krishna Devaraya got constructed a five storyed Gopuram over the temple. The beautiful images of several Gods sculptured around the Gopuram speaks of high efficiency and calibre of the sculptors of those days. According to the legend, Sri Ram consecrated the Saikata Lingam before the rise of the Sun and hence the place is called Proddatur.      Book Now



Shivalayam Temple

Andhra Pradesh also known as Trilinga kshtera (Land of three great shivalingas Srisailam, Draksharamam and Kaleshwaram [Kaleshwaram is a village in Mahadevpur Mandal in Karimnagar Dt of Telangana]). It is rich with the temples of Lord shiva across the state. Here is the districtwise listing of the temples of Andhrapradesh .It is one of the ancient temples, believed to exist before 2nd century AD. According to the temple history the Peetam was placed by Agasthya Maharshi. According to the Archeology Survey of India, this Jaladheeswara Temple is the fourth ancient temple in Andhra Pradesh, which was supposed to have existed long back before 2nd century. This Siva Lingam has similar features as that of existing in ancient temples like Gudimallem, Amaravati, and Draksharamam. The presiding deity derived His name Jaladheeshwara, as He was worshipped by fishermen, sailors, and merchants venturing out on journeys by ship centuries ago. Here you find Lord Shiva in the form of a Shivalinga and His consort Parvathi Devi on the same pedestal which is a very rare sight. As usual Nandeeshwara is seen before the doors of the sanctum sanctorum. But here in this temple Nandi is seen at Shiva and Parvathi Devi by sideway glances.      Book Now



Sri-Vasavi-Kanyaka-Parameswari-Temple

The Birth place of Vasavi Matha. The holy Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari temple which finds mention in various ancient religious texts. According to a legend, Vasavi Kanyaka Paratneswariwas was famous for her beauty. The holy temple enshrining the triple deities- Sri Nagareswaraswamy, Mother Kanyakaparameswari and Mahishasuramardini. The temple is built in strict accordance with vastu sastra and so possessing sturdy prakars, tall gopuras, spacious courtyards, several minishrines, vast garbagrihas, grand mukhamandapas etc. it faces east and a tall tower surmounting over the broad mahadwara beckons the visitors with its beautiful sculptural pieces adoring it from top to bottom and on all four sides too. In front of it lies a vast courtyard with several buildings housing the office room, choultry and quarters for the staff. In the second Prakara, there are many mandapams installed with adorable deities, like Vinayaka, Navagrahas, Lord Venkateswara and Kaala Bhairava besides the exquisitely made colorful statues of Mother Kanyakaparameswari standing in fire -pit with parents by her side and A beautiful mirror house. The garbha griha of Nagareswaraswamy is quite spacious, and its spick and span together with the elevated vedh for the lingam in the center is masterly planned and tastefully executed. The imposing ling installed on a broad, high pedestial adorned with colorful garlands and the triple lines studded with diamonds is so captivating that the devotees raise their hands in veneration the moment it gleams into their sight. And feel transported to Kailas for a while. Its size and sheen are its plus points. The other two garbha grihas frankling this housing Mahishasuramardhini and Vasavamba are grand, and the icons beautified with dazzling jewels and colorful outfit mesmerises the adorers. A single darsan leaves unforgettable impression on the minds of the devotees and beckons repeated visits on and on.      Book Now


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