Mahanandi Temple also called as Mahanandiswara Swamy Temple is situated near Nandyal city, Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh. Mahanandi Temple is considered as one of the Nava Nandulu Temples, the nine shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Nava Nandulu temples are:
- Mahanandi Temple
- Shivanandi Temple
- Vinayakanandi Temple
- Somanandi Temple
- Prathamanandi Temple
- Garudanandi Temple
- Suryanandi Temple
- Krishnanandi or Vishnunandi Temple
- Naganandi Temple
Mahanandi Temple is specially known for its attractive pond or called Kalyani (temple tank), which contains a sacred fresh water. There temple is surrounded by three temple tanks, where two temple tanks are located at the entrance of the temple and one located inside the temple. And the temple tank is maintained in such a way that the depth of the water do not exceeds the level of five feet. The excellent architecture of the temple depicts artistic skill of the Vishwakarma Brahmins, who believe that they are descendants of Vishwakarma, a Hindu deity. The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Shiva, worshiped by the name Lord Mahanandiswara Swamy, who is in the form of a sacred Shivalingam.
The water source is believed to be originated from underneath of the self-manifested Shivalingam present in the sanctum sanctorum. Unlike the other temples, the devotees here are allowed to touch the holy water gushing out from the underneath of Shivalingam and they are also allowed to touch and worship the sacred Shivalingam inside the sanctum sanctorum. The remarkable feature of the Mahanandi Temple is that sacred water rushing out from the sanctum sanctorum helps in irrigating 2000 acres of fertile land around the village. The village is surrounded with vegetables, rice fields, fruits, flowers and other vegetation. The incredible feature of the temple is that the holy water in the temple tank of this temple will be very hot during the winter season and very cold during the summer.
- Mangala vadhyamulu – 4.45 AM
- Suprabhatam – 5.00 AM
- Swamy Vari Sthanika Abhishekam – 5.30 AM
- Mahamangala Harathi – 6.00 AM
- Abhishekam Swamy Variki – 6.30 AM to 12.30 PM
- Laghunyasa Abhishekam – 6.30 AM to 12.30 PM and 6.00 PM to 8.30 PM
- Mahanyasa Purvaka Ekadasa Rudrabhishekam – 6.30 AM to 12.30 PM and 6.00 PM to 8.30 PM
- Maha Shivaratri – February/March
- Ugadi – March/April
- Vaikunta Ekadasi – December/January
- Kartika Poornima – November/December
- Vijayadashami – October
APSRTC run bus services to major cities like Tirupathi, Hyderabad, Kurnool, Vijayawada etc. Buses also ply to parts of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu such as Bengaluru, Bellary and Chennai.
The nearest railway station to reach the temple is Nandyal railway station.
The nearest airport to reach the temple is at Hyderabad, which is about 215 km from Kurnool.
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