Sri Uma Maheswara Temple also called as Yaganti temple, located at Yaganti, Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh and also dedicated to Lord Shiva. Sri Yaganti Uma Maheswara temple is believed to be built in the 15th century the king Harihara Bukka Raya of Sangama Dynasty Vijayanagara Empire. The mythology was that the sage Lord Agastyar, one of the saptarshis (seven sages) who are extolled at many places in the Vedas and also a revered Vedic sage and earliest Siddhar, wished to build a temple for Lord Venkateswara (Lord Vishnu) at Yaganti.
After performing the rituals to install the idol of Lord Vishnu at the place selected in Yaganti, he found that the foot thumb finger nail was broken. The sage got troubled by this incident and made penance towards Lord Shiva to know the reason behind this. Lord Shiva appeared to sage Agastya and explained that the place resembles Kailash and it is suited to be the abode of Lord Shiva. Agastya felt happy for it and requested Lord Shiva to reside at this place forever along with Goddess Parvati.
And hence the place is called as Uma Maheswara temple, where ‘Uma’ refers to Goddess Parvati and ‘Maheswara’ refers to Lord Shiva. The temple is constructed according to the Vaishnava traditons and it exhibit the artistic skills of the ancient Vishwakarma Sthapathis.
The presiding deity of Sri Uma Maheswara temple is Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati in a single stone. There is a cave called Agastya cave where saint Agastya said to have performed penance towards Lord Shiva. The idol of Lord Vishnu which was said to be damaged was also found in one of the cave of the temple called Venkateswara cave. The Nandi, the mount of Lord Shiva, present in this temple is believed to be increasing in its size. The researchers says that the rock out of which Nandi made has a growing nature. And it was calculated that the idol Nandi grows about 10 mm per eight years.
The special feature about this temple is its Pushkarini (temple tank). Water flows from the bottom of the hill through the mouth of Nandi and fills the Pushkarini. The specialty is that the water flows throughout the year. Legend says that when saint Agastya was performing penance towards Lord Shiva at Yaganti, crows around the temple disturbed his penance. Irritated by crows, the sage Agastya cursed the crows that it cannot enter the place. And even today, we cannot find crows in the temple premises of Sri Uma Maheswara temple.
The temple remains open from morning 6.00 AM to 1.00 PM and in the evening from 3.00 PM to 8.00 PM.
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It is connected by state transport to Hyderabad, Tirupati, Chittoor, Cuddapah, Kurnool, Nellore and Chennai which is 24 km from the place Allagadda and is also connected to other major cities.
The nearest railway station to Sri Uma Maheswara Temple is Secunderabad railway station which is about 7 Km from the temple.
The nearest airport to Sri Uma Maheswara Temple is Rajiv Gandhi International airport, Hyderabad which is about 12 Km from the temple.
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