Temples of Andhra Pradesh
Simhachalam Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple
Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy, is covered in a thick layer of sandalwood paste. The real shape of the deity can be viewed only during Chandanayatra Festival (March - April).
Sri Ahobila Mutham, one of the most important Sri Vaishnava religious
institutions in India, was established by Sri Athivan Satakopan at the
instructions of Lord Lakshmi Nrisimha of Ahobilam.
Also called the sourthern Kashi stands on the left bank of the Tungabadra
river close to Kurnool. The Tungabhadra and Krishna are in confluence near
Alampur, which is also known as Dakshina Kailasam (as is Sree Kalahasti in
Southern Andhra Pradesh). Nine temples here referred to as the Nava Bhramma
temples are dedicated to Shiva. The Bala Bhramma temple is the principal shrine
Annavaram is famous for Lord Veera Venkata Satya Narayana Swamy temple,
situated atop the Ratnagiri Hills on the banks of the river Pampa. The shrine is constructed in two storey, the lower one containing an Yantra and upper one housing of the Idol of the
Lord. The front side of the temple depicts the chariot. The Meru on the
floor with the pillar at the center, and the idols at the top are intended to
bring forth the idea that the Lord not only remains at the heart’s center but
also permeates the entire universe.
Badrachalam is famous throughout India for its temple of Sree Seetaramachandra Swamy. Situated on the left bank of the mighty river Godavari, it is a place of pilgrimage for Hindus, as it is considered to be one of the greatest holy shrines in South India with a historical background.
The temple of Saraswati at Basara is one of the two famous Saraswati temples in India, the other being in Kashmir.
Birla Mandir Temple
Build on the 280 feet high Kala Pahad overlooking the picturesque, this temple is build with 2000 tones of white marble.
Chilkur Balaji Temple
The temple is one of the oldest in Telengana, having been built during the time of Akkanna and Madanna, the uncles of Bhakta Ramdas.
Chinna Tirupati - Dwarama Tirumala
This is where you can have a
glimpse of south indian archetecture at its finest with the eye-catching
Legend has it that the Saptamaharshis (Seven Sages) to achieve the ends of their penance divided the akhanda (unbranched Godsavari river into seven different streams at Draksharama.
Kanaka Durga Temple
Kanaka Durga, goddess of power, riches and benevolence is considered the
presiding deity of Vijayawada. The temple is set on Iendrakila hill.
Mangalagiri Panakala Swamy (Lord Narasimha Temple)
Located on the hillock at Mangalagiri, 12km’s South of Vijayawada, the unique feature of this temple, according to the devout, is the fact that the deity accepts only half the quantity of panakam (jaggery dissolved in water) offered by devotees, irrespective of the quantity offered.
Madhwa Saint Sri Raghavendra attained his Samadhi at Mantralayam near Kurnool some 300 years ago. A large number of followers and devotees of all religious sects throng this little town located on the banks of river Tungabhadra all through the year.
Located in Ananthapur District, Puttaparthi, once a sparsely populated village, has shot into national and international fame as the abode of Bhagwan Shri Satya Sai baba.
Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Temple
Located in Vemulawada popularly known as Benaras of South India, the temple attracts lakhs of devotees from all over the country. The Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Temple is a fine example of communal harmony where both Hindus and Muslims offer obeisance to Lord Siva and Allah.
In the nearby industrial town Sanghi nagar, this temple named after its patron family, Sanghi, is situated on top of a hill.
Sri Kalahasti Temple
There's nothing like a good story to add flavor to your tour. It is the sacred shrine of Vayu the wind God at Kalahasti town. There's a legend that the Linga here was worshiped by a spider (Sri0, a snake (kala), and an elephant (Hasti). And that's how Sri Kalahasti got its name.
Serene Srisailam, 232 Km south of Hyderabad is situated on the banks of river Krishna. The 512 meter long Srisailam dam located here is surrounded by natural beauty.
Thousand Pillars Temple
Very near from Hanamkonda crossroad the temple is a fine specimen of Kakatiya architecture and sculpture.
Tirupati, in the foothills of Tirumala, is the location of one of the most venerated shrines in India, that of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala.
The town acquired its name and fame from a sage called Yadarishi, son of the great sage Rishyasrunga who did penance inside a cave with the blessings of Anjaneya on this hill between Bhongir and Raigiri in Nalgonda district.