• Shiva

Mahanandiswara Temple

This shrine is situated at Nandyal taluk in Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh. This shrine is at a distance of 320 km distance from Hyderabad, 219 km from Kurnool, 16 km from Nandyal and 60 km from Ahobila. The temple is one of the Navanandi temples. It dates back over 1, 500 years.Built by Nanda kings who ruled the place, the temple has been renovated and consecrated through successive ages by their successors.Milk for abhishekam was being transported daily from a distance to the temple. A considerable portion was brought from Gopavaram dairy and specifically, the milk of a black colored cow was sent to the king daily. The cow grazed freely on the fields and gave a good amount of milk. Suddenly, the quantity was coming down. There 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 wanted to test its truthfulness and so went on to see it. This is the idol that has been anointed at the Mahanandiswara temple. The imprints of the hoofs are seen at the top of the linga even today.

Significance

Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-

  • To get high status in life
Shlokas

Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree

Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.

Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat

Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.

Timings

5:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

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