About Mahanandi Temple :
The shrine or deity of Lord Shiva present in this sacred temple belongs to 7th century. The basic temple structure was constructed by Chalukyas (7th century) and was later enhanced by Nanda Dynasty (10th century) and Vijayanagara Kings (15th century).
Devotees can take holy dip at Mahanandi temple Pushkarni or Koneru in which there are Pancha Lingams of which the centre one is called Varuna Lingam. Irrespective of the seasons, water in the Pushkarni [Koneru] is at same constant five feet flow.
It is said that the main water source is originated below the inner Swayambhu Linga at the Garbhagruha and the pilgrims can touch the Shiva Lingam to perform puja and also take the holy water as Thirtham.
The outgoing water of Mahanandi temple is used for irrigiation of fertile lands in the surrounding areas of the temple.One of the world's biggest man-made Nandi of 15 ft. x 27 ft. is present near the Mahanandi temple.
The main Gopuram of this temple resembles Badami Chalukyan style architecture where as other temple structures resemble the Vijayanagara style.
Mahanandi, is a village located east of the Nallamala Hills near Nandyal, Kurnool District, Andhra Pradesh, India. It is surrounded by forests. Within 15 km of Mahanandi, there are nine Nandi shrines known as Nava nandulu. Mahanandi is one of the Nava Nandis
Temple pools :
The temple is famous for its fresh water pools, called Kalyani or Pushkarni. The architecture of the pools and temple shows the skill of the Vishwakarma Brahmins. The main temple is surrounded by three pools: two small pools at the entrance and one big pool inside the temple itself. This holy tank is 60 square feet (5.6 m2) with an outdoor pavilion called a mandapa in the centre. The inlets and outlets of the tank are arranged so that the depth of the water is constantly kept at five feet, thus enabling pilgrims to bathe in the holy waters. Bathing in the inside big pool is prohibited after 5 PM every day. A peculiarity of the water source is that it has a constant flow irrespective of the change of seasons. The water source originates at the Garbhagruha (inner shrine) just below Swayambhu Linga. One can touch the water near the Shiva Linga (symbol of Shiva). The devotees can offer prayers and touch the Shiva Linga. This is unusual, because traditionally at temples, the main deity is kept away from the touch of the devotees. The water is famous for its crystalline and healing qualities and is ever tepid. The outgoing water irrigates 2,000 acres (8.1 km2) of fertile land surrounding the village. The surrounding areas are under production with rice fields, fruit, vegetable and flower gardens.The temple is well known for the konneru. The water during the winter season will be very hot and vice versa during the summer. During the early mornings, you can feel the water luke warm and water gets cooled gradually with the rise in temperature.
Nine Nandi’s present in Nallmala Hill Region:
2. Prathama Nandi
3. Naga Nandi
4. Soma Nandi
5. Surya Nandi
6. Krishna Nandi or Vishnu Nandi
7. Vinayaka Nandi
8. Shiva Nandi
9. Garuda Nandi
Mahanandi Temple Timings :
|Monday||5:30 A.M to 9:00 P.M|
|Tuesday||5:30 A.M to 9:00 P.M|
|Wednesday||5:30 A.M to 9:00 P.M|
|Thursday||5:30 A.M to 9:00 P.M|
|Friday||5:30 A.M to 9:00 P.M|
|Saturday||5:30 A.M to 9:00 P.M|
|Sunday||5:30 A.M to 9:00 P.M|
Mahanandi Temple Entry Ticket Fee :
No Entry Fee (Free)
Seegra Darshan Ticket Cost : Rs.50/-
Mahanandi Prasadams :
Mahanandi Darshan Ticket Details
The cost of various Darshan/Sevas mentioned under Mahanandi Temple timings is detailed in a tabular form.
|S.No||Type of Seva / Darshan||Fare|
|2||Astavidha Maha Mangala Harathi||Rs.100/-|
|5||Rudrabhishekam for couples||Rs.1000/-|
|8||Nithya Kalyana Seva||Rs.1116/|
|10||Kheerabhishekam for Couple||Rs.200|
How To Reach Mahanandi Temple :
Pilgrims can easily reach Mahanandi temple from Nandyal city in Kurnool district by bus and train routes.
By Air: The nearest airport is present at Hyderabad.
By Rail: Gajulapalli Railway Station (Station Code : GZL) is very close to Mahanandi temple. But, most of the trains don't halt there. Distance from Gajulapalli Railway Station to Mahanandi is roughly 6 km.
By Bus: APSRTC provide good bus facility to Mahanandi temple. If you are coming from Hyderabad, after reaching Nandyal, don't take the Tirupati highway [bypass road].
Instead, enter the city and take right at the big x roads and follow the road leading all the way to Mahanandi temple.
Mahanandi Temple Address :
Mahanandi Road, Thimmapuram,
Kurnool Dist. ,Andhra Pradesh, 518512 .
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