'Thirumana Thiruthalangal', is a book written by Ms.Meera Nagarajan, the Managing Director and CEO of the company. The published chapters from the book narrate the importance on worshipping at various temples that are known to bless for an early marriage to a bride or groom.

Mahanandiswara - Kurnool

Mahanandiswara - Kurnool

The Lord has appeared as swayambhu lingas in many parts of this Bharatha bhoomi. The Mahanandiswara Swami is one among such swayambhu lingas. The temple is located to the east of Nallamala hill ranges in Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh. Devotees throng the shrine throughout the year. The picturesque village is a very good tourist spot also thanks to its beautiful surrounding which abounds in natural scenery like green fields, groves and dense forest.

History of the temple

The temple is situated at Nandyal taluk in Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh at 320 km distance from Hyderabad, 219 km from Kurnool, 16 km from Nandyal and at 60 km distance from Ahobila. The temple is one of the Navanandi temples. The temple dates back over 1500 years. Built by Nanda kings who ruled the place, the temple had been renovated and consecrated through successive ages by their successors. Navanandi temples were also built during the Nanda regime along with this temple.

Milk for abhishek was being transported daily from a distance to the temple. A substantial portion was brought from Gopavaram dairy and specifically, the milk of a black colored cow was sent to the king daily. The cow used to graze freely on the surrounding fields and was giving a good amount of milk. But suddenly, the quantity was coming down. The man who was tending the cow did not know what to do. He started watching the cow without its knowledge. And, he was surprised to see the cow squirting all its milk onto an anthill and the Lord giving darshan to the cow in the form of a child! The king, who heard the news, wanted to test its truthfulness. The next day, when the king followed the cow, the same thing happened! The Lord came out of the anthill in the form of a child and gave darshan to the cow! When the cow felt the presence of the king, it stumbled upon the anthill in anxiety. Its hoofs left their imprints on the anthill. The king apologized to the Lord for having interrupted the worship of the cow and the anthill became a swayambhu linga. This is the linga that has been anointed at the Mahanandiswara temple. The imprints of the hoofs are seen at the head portion of the linga even today.

Mahanandiswara - Kurnool

Architecture

A big Nandi welcomes us at the entrance. Its beauty captivates everybody's attention. On entering the temple, we see two sacred tanks, called Vishnu gundam and Brahma gundam. Facing the sanctum is situated Rudragundam, a pushkarini. The water in this tank contains medicinal properties and devotees believe that by bathing in this tank, they can get rid of their diseases. The water flowing out from this tank is used for irrigation for fields, measuring 2000 acres at 8 km distance. The specialty of this temple is its fresh water pools. The water from a spring collects in the tanks. As the water from the tanks flows out simultaneously, the tank water remains pure and crystal clear. Devotees bathe in these tanks, which are a testimony for Viswakarma Brahmins in planning the architecture with high technical values. The temple has been built according to Nagiri architecture. The vimanas are made of stones of red sand. The Navanandi temples are situated at a distance of 10 km from this temple. They are - Padma Nandi, Naga Nandi, Vinayak Nandi, Garuda Nandi, Brahma Nandi, Surya Nandi, Vishnu nandi, Soma Nandi and Siva Nandi.

The devotees are allowed to touch the deity, perform abhishek, adorn the deity with garlands etc. It is really a great boon that devotees are allowed to touch the deity, which is considered a powerful Shaligram. The sannidhi of the Goddess is situated near that of the Lord. Sri Chakra yandra has been established in front of the Ambal by Sri Adi Shankara.

Mahanandiswara - Kurnool

Festivals & Pujas

Sivarathri, especially Mahasivarathri is being celebrated with great splendor. Devotees who visit Srisailam during the Tamil month of Karthikai visit the temples of Navanandi and are benefited. It is considered very auspicious to worship at the Navanandi temples on the same day before sunset. Dusserah and Ugadi are also being celebrated on a grand scale.

Route

You can go to Srisailam and visit Mahanandi temple from there. Or, you can reach Nandyal in Kurnool from Chennai by train and visit Mahanandi from there.