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Ameen-Peer-Dargah-Shrine

Ameen Peer Dargah (AsthanaeMagdoomullahi Dargah complex) in Kadapa is an example of the communal harmony preached by great saints and sages in ancient days. Visit Thursday and Friday, scores of pilgrims cutting across religious faiths, throng the 400years Legend has it that once some people demanded that they would trust Khwaja Peerullah Malik only if could show them a miracle. The Sufi accepted their challenge. The earth opened for Peerullah Malik and he descended into it alive, thereby attaining live burried (1716 AD) here on the 10th day of Muharram month (first month of Muslim calendar). Three days later, people saw him performing prayers in the same place. After his death, Nawab Abdul Hameed Khan Mayana got his mausoleum built. Just to the east of the mosque, Peerullahs tomb is found in a closed room with two entrances, one each in the western and southern walls. Flocks of pigeon descend on the tomb complex and are fed by the pilgrims. Peerullahs Urs is celebrated on the 10th day of Muharram every year. old shrine seeking blessings of saints Hazarat Khwaja Peerullah Hussaini (R.A) who live buried here. Followers of the dargah believe that any wish that one makes at the shrine is always fulfilled. A large number of Hindus, Muslims and people of different faiths are disciples of the shrine. The familys descendants identify themselves with a saffron dress and the disciples wear a saffron cap. Khwaja Peerullah Hussaini (popularly known as Peerullah Malik), a devout Muslim born in Bidar (Karnataka), founded the Aasthana, in 16th century. Peerullah Malik was a linage to Prophet Mohammed. He visited mausoleums of all Sufi saints of India, as also that of Hazarat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (R.A) at Ajmer, where Khwaja Peerullah Malik received instructions to move to the kadapa region. On the way, he stopped on the banks of Pennar River (near Chennur). Nawab Nek Naam Khan, the Nawab of Sidhout Taluk also presented himself to the Sufi and paid his respects. Following the instructions of the saint, the Nawab named the town as Nek Naam Abaad, which later became Cuddapah, over a period of time. The saint devoted his life to spread the message of peace, love and communal harmony. Khwaja Peerullah had two sons. One of them died childless. The other son Arifullah HussaniI attained higher levels of mysticism and spirituality. His son Ameenullah HussainiI, had three sons: Shah Peerullah Hussaini, Yadullah HussainiI, and Arifullah HussainiII. Arifullah Hussaini II was a devout Sufi and Arifullah Hussaini II immersed himself in the love of Allah. Legend has it that Arifullah Hussaini II once paid a visit to his grandfather’s tomb at Bidar. The gateman asked for his credentials and refused to open the door for him. The saint called (Ya Jaddi, O father) loudly. Then a voice from the tomb (Marhaba Ya Waladi, Come, my son) welcomed him. The door automatically opened for him. Arifullah HussainiII spent some time there, and then shifted to the mausoleum of Ameenuddin Aala at Bijapur. He went to Ahmadabad and Ajmer, where he received instructions for going to Tadipatri (Anantapur District). He spent 40 years in deep meditation and prayers in the caves and forests of Tadipatri. It is also believed that a python used to stay guard outside his cave. He came to the forests of Gandi in Cuddapah district and spent his time in prayers till he turned 63 Years. Besides being a saint of high order, Arifullah Hussaini II was also a great scholar, and an eminent poet.      Book Now



Bhagavan Mahavir Government Museum

Situated 8-km south of the Penner River, Cuddapah is surrounded on three sides by the Nallamalai and Palkonda hills. Deriving its name from the Telegu word Kudapa meaning gate, the city is the gateway from the north to the sacred hill Pagoda of Shri Venkateshwara of Tirupati. Besides being a historical city, Cuddapah also incorporates the Bhagwan Mahavir Museum. It is a Government museum having great archaeological and historical significance. Its name has a history of its own. It was established in 1982 with the donations from the Jain businessmen and thus was named after their deity Mahavir The Bhagavan Mahavir Museum is a storehouse of ancient stone structures, idols made of granite, dolomite, limestone, bronze icons and inscriptions dating back to several centuries. These antiquities were found under the excavations carried out at different places of Cuddapah, Hyderabad and Kurnool districts. The sculptures that have been unearthed from Nandalur, Mantapampally, Gundluru, Attirala, Thimmayapalem, Kolathur, Poli and other villages are between 5th to 18th centuries. There are several exhibits that are bit unusual. Among these are a statue of Lord Ganapathi with his feet resembling that of an elephant and a statue of Hanuman dating back to Vijayanagar period, with long hair tied up in a braid. The 9th-10th century idols belonging to the Chalukya period shows a goats head and Lord Shiva with Ganga not over the head but on one side. Apart from the usual model of Vishnu holding a chakram in the right hand and a conch in the left, the Vishnu idol is seen holding a sankhu in the right hand and a club in the left hand. There are also other notable exhibits in the Bhagavan Mahavir Museum. These include coins dating back to the Satavahana period, Ikshawakus, Bahmanis, Vishnukundins, Mughals and Qutub Shahi. There are also miniature paintings including swords and knives of the Mughal Age. In addition to these, there are also antique stone tools and weapons of varying sizes and shapes. Veerashila idols showing tribal warlords also adorn the museum hall. Interested people may visit the place by taxis, autorickshaws and city buses between 10:30am to 5pm except on Friday and public holidays.      Book Now



Pushpagiri-Temples

Pushpagiri is the famous pilgrimage situated on banks of river Penna, Vallur Mandal, Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh. There are various Shrines on the Hill together called as Pushpagiri temples.Pushpagiri is famous because of several Shrines. Among those some temples are very much old which also have some creative sculptures. This hill has very bottomless banks. Pushpagiri is also known as Sumagiri. About 28 shrines are situated in this area. There is a Pushpagiri Matham also called as Pushpagiri Peetam which is said to have been established by Aadhi Sankaracharya to promote his philosophy of Advaita. This Peetam is said to be the richest and only Advaita math in Andhra Pradesh.Chennakesava Temple is the largest temple among them is located on hills lower slopes. This temples entrance area has been decorated by 5 tiered Gopuram. The walls of this pilgrimage have sculptures constructed by limestone. These beautiful sculptures contains the images of the Lord Shiva in the dancing pose with 8 & 4 hands, fight of Arjuna & Lord Shiva, Arjuna taking Pasupatastra from Lord Shiva, dancers, Seshasayana, warriors rows and sight from the Mahabharata & Ramayana and also the other images of the carvings accompanying animals, pillars are adorned by the attractive designs.There are three shrines; Kamaleshwara Shrine, Hachaleshwara Shrine and Pallaveshwara Shrine which are founded in 1255 AD. Hence they are called as Trikuteswara. This triple shrine has a common Mukha Mandapa with each temple on the south, west and north. A four pillared Nandi Mandapa, houses an image of Nandi in the Sabha Mandapa.Lord Bhimeshwara Temple is located to the east of Trikuteswara Temple with figures of elephants, lions and sages in its Mukha Mandapam.The Vaidyanatha Swami Temple is a west facing Shrine of Chola period situated to the southeast of Trikuteswara temple. Two Dwarapalakas guard its doorways and the Mandapam has 16 pillars arranged in two squares. The Sanctum Sanctorum has a standing image of Goddess Kamalakshi Devi.There is also a temple of Sakshi Malleshwara dedicated to Lord Shiva dating back to 10th century.Sri Kasi Visweshwara Temple is an ancient temple near to Pushpagiri located in Sivalapalli.      Book Now



Sidhout-Fort

Built in 1303 AD, the fort stands on the banks of river Pennar and covers an area of 30 acres. The majestic gateways at the two ends have embellished pillars and intricate carvings of Gajalakshmi at the top. 17 square bastions which protected the area are still an impressive sight. A special feature of the fort is an ancillary passage allowing people to enter when the main gates are closed. Often referred to as the gateway to Srisailam or Dakshina Kasi, Sidhout Fort also encompasses beautifully sculpted temples inside its premises. These included Siddheswara, Bala Brahma, Ranganayaka Swamy and a Durga Temple that attracts numerous pilgrims Siddhavattam or Sidhout is a village in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh. The place got its name as it was the habitat of people called Siddhas. The area had a lot of vata or the Indian Banyan tree and the Siddhas would sit under them and hence the name Sidhas and Vata = Sidhavata was coined and it eventually became Sidhout. This little village lies on the banks of River Penna, at a distance of about 20 kilometers from Kadapa. The Sidhout fort in the town is a major attraction for the tourists visiting this place. The Archeology Department of India took over this fort in 1956. Not just the fort Sidhout also has other popular tourist attractions like temples and mosques. Among these is the most popular Ranganadha Swamy temple. The sixteen-pillar Mantapam in the local burial place is also popular. Sidhout Fort was constructed in 1303 AD. It lies on the banks of the River Pennar, and is sprawled over an area of about 30 acres. The fort has appealing gateways and decorated pillars at both the ends. On the top of the fort are the exquisite carvings of Gajalakshmi. The seventeen square bastions that once protected the region are still intact in the fort. The fort is known for its ancillary passage which allows the tourists an access to it even after the closure of the forts main gates. This passage is considered as a route to Dakshina Kashi. Inside the fort are the popular Ranganayaka Swamy Temple, Durga Temple, Siddheswara Temple, and the Bala Brahma Temple.The fort was developed during the time of king Varadha Raju, the son-in-law of the maverick Sri Krishna Deva Raya.      Book Now



Sri-Kodanda-Ramaswamy-Temple

Kodanda Ramaylam was built by Lord Jambavantha in Treta Yuga as a mark of his respect towards Lord Sri Rama. The Uniqueness of this temple is that here Lord Sri Rama will be seen in the coronation ceremony posture as presiding deity flanked by His beloved Goddess Sita Devi and also by his brothers Laxmana, Bharatha, Shatrughna and Lord Anjaneya.Here SriRama also called as Pratapa Rama as he is holding a sword. There is also a hill here called Veeranna Konda with the shrine of Veerabhadra. It is said that the sage Valmiki sat on this hill while writing The Ramayana. Another uniqueness of this Temple Idol in this Temple is facing North and Locals says that it is the only Temple in Andhra Pradesh with North facing. Tallapaka Ananmacharya penned as many as 21 sankeertanas in praise of the Pattabhirama Swamy deity here. Kodanda Rama Swamy Temple is holding 500 years of history, this temple well managed in Krishna Deva Rayas period and Cholas period. In 1997, TTD (Tiruma tirupati Devasthanams) adopted and from then temple has seen drastic growth. Sri Kodanda Rama Temple Valmikipuram Vayalpadu Temple Timings : 5:30 am - 8 pm Sri Kodanda Rama Temple Valmikipuram Vayalpadu is now under the administration of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams and TTD conducts Annual Brahmotsavams, SitaRama Kalyanam in a Grand way.      Book Now



Sri-Venkateshwara-National-Park

History of the Sri Venkateswara National Park starts from the year 1989. This national park was established by government of Andhra Pradesh in the month of September 1989. Later the government of India declared the region covered by Seshachalam Hills as one of the biosphere reserves of India in the year 2010. SVNP is a part of the biosphere reserve declared in the year 2010.Sri Venkateshwara National Park is geographically situated in the Eastern Ghats spread in the Seshachalam hills of Kadapa and Tirumala hills in Chittoor Districts in Andhra Pradesh. The SVNP terrain elevation varies from 150 to 1,130 meters (3707.3 feet) above mean sea level. The terrain is undulating with forest covered valleys. The SVNP forests receives most of the rainfall during the northeast monsoon and a little during the southwest monsoon. This park is covered by the vegetation mixed of dry deciduous and moist deciduous types. The park comprises many waterfalls including the Talakona, Gundalakona and Gunjana etc. This national park covers an area of 353 sq km (136.29 sq miles) in the Easter Ghats spread in Andhra Pradesh.Sri Venkateswara National Park covered by the vegetation of dry and moist deciduous forests is a home for different species of plants, birds and wild animals including endangered species also. Floristic combination of the park includes 1,500 vascular plant species belonging to 174 families, of which many are endemic. Few of the rare and endemic plant species found in the park area include the species such as red sanders, Shorea talura, Shorea thumburggaia, Terminalia pallida, sandalwood, Cycas beddomei, Syzygium alternifolium and Psilotum nudum etc.Faunal group found in this park include Asian elephant, leopard, wild dog etc. Other predators found in the park include hyena, golden jackal, Indian fox, small Indian civet and jungle cat, Sloth bear etc Other wild animals found in the park include Sambar, spotted deer, mouse deer, barking deer, four-horned antelope and wild boar etc. Endangered species such as the nocturnal slender loris, Indian giant squirrel and tree shrew were also spotted in the park area. Ornithologists recorded occurrence of 178 species of birds including the globally threatened yellow-throated bulbul, Pompadour green pigeon, a bird of the Himalayas and the critically endangered Oriental white-backed vulture etc. in the park area. Some of the other birds found in the SVNP area are large hawk-cuckoo, blue-faced malkoha, yellow-browed bulbul, Indian scimitar-babbler and Lotens sunbird etc.Reptiles found in the park include the most interesting species such as the gliding lizard and golden gecko etc.Sri Venkateswara National Park is open throughout the year. But the best time to visit the SVNP is during the period of November to January. Visitors are advised to get in touch with officials of the SVNP for complete information on entry timings and fee etc.      Book Now



Talakona-Waterfalls

The Talakona waterfall is in Sri Venkateswara National Park, Chittoor District of Andhra pradesh in India.With a 270 feet (82 m)-fall, Talakona is the highest waterfall in the Andhra pradesh state.Talakona is also known for the Lord Siddheswara Swamy Temple, which is located close to the waterfall.Talakona is located in Nerabailu village in Yerravaripalem Mandal of Chittoor District.It is located 49 kilometres (30 mi) from Pileru, 58 kilometres (36 mi) from Tirupathi, 127 kilometres (79 mi) from Vellore, 220 kilometres (140 mi) from Chennai, and 105 kilometres (65 mi) from Chittoor and 250 kilometres (160 mi) from Bangalore.Talakona is a resort with waterfalls, dense forests and wildlife. The area was declared a biosphere reserve in 1989 dueto the presence of rich variety of flora and fauna.Talakona means head hill in Telugu (tala - head and kona - hill). However, Thalakona allegorically means the head of the Seshachalam hills as these mountains are believed to be the starting point of the Tirumala mountain ranges.The Talakona forests host rare and endangered species of animals like Slender Loris, Indian Giant Squirrel, Mouse Deer, Golden Gecko, Panther, Porcupine, Chital and Sambar. Endemic species like Red Sander, Cycas beddomeii and Enteda like giant plants are also found in this region. The forest is mostly covered with sandalwood trees with some medicinal plants.There is a beautiful waterfall falling deep into the valley from a cliff on the upper reaches. According to the local residents, it is said that the origin of water is difficult to be traced out since an underground stream surfaces here. There used to be a 240 meter long canopy rope walk, about 35 to 40 feet in height . There are number of trek routes in different categories of difficulty, giving an option for the visitor to choose their route. In the area there is an ancient Siva temple which is flooded with devotees during Sivarathri festival. There are also deep caves scattered over the mountains where it is believed that sages meditate eternally. A stream flows near the canopy walk area where a bathing ghat is under construction.Accommodation is also available in this dense forest, it gives immense pleasure for visitors to spend time during nights. Accommodation in Talakona guest houses can be booked in seshachalavanadarshani.com official website for Talakona and other tourist places like Mamandur, Pulicat lake, Thumbalabailu etc.      Book Now


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