Mahanandi

History

 About Temple -Mahanandi which is an aboard of Lord Shiva is situated in Kurnool District within the distance of 15 Kms from Nandyal Town in Andhra Pradesh. There are many legends for this temple, some say that once there lived a couple in Nallamala forest years passed but they have not blessed with children so his wife requested Silada for a child, desired to fulfil the request he meditated on Saeveswara for a long time. Impressed with him Paramasiva appeared before him and offered him a boon, forgetting his wife’s desire he requested Paramasiva to allow him to serve him forever. But Paramasiva knowing it fulfilled both the wishes and blessed him with a boy. They felt happy and named him as “Mahananda”. Mahananda after growing up wanted to do penance for Lord shiva, pleased with his devotion Lord Shiva offered him a boon. The boy requested shiva to allow him to be his Vahana. Another legend goes as, a dynasty of local kings, known as Nandas ruled here in the 11th Century A.D and they built a number of temples and worshipped their ancestral deity the Nandi, so it is named Mahanandi. And the other legend says that, once there is a cow which used to ooze her entire milk in a ant-hill and return with an empty under to know the reason the shephard followed the cow and saw a child came out of the hole and drank the milk of the cow surprised with this the shepherd informed it to the king. The king followed the cow and saw the same not beliving it he went near hearing the sound the cow in fear stepped on the ant-hill and little boy disappeared from there. At the night Lord Shiva appeared before the king and told him to Construct a temple there and that place would be called Navanandis within a circle of 80 Kms. Ganga Devi also would serve me with her brightness. The temple was named as  “Mahanandi” as it was the first and great Kshethra among Navanandis. It is said that you can still the cow footprint on the Linga. One can touch the water near the Shiva Linga. 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.

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Nandyal, Andhra Pradesh 518502
Temple Timings : 5.30 am to 8.30 pm

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