Yaganti Temple

Yaganti Temple, Kurnool

Yaganti Temple
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Surya Katakam
Hyderabad, India1,401 contributions
Temple dates back to the 5th and 6th centuries
Nov 2021
Yaganti Uma Mahshwara swamy temple is situated aloft the Yerramalla hills in kurnool district at a distance of 90 km from district headquarters. Near by town is Banaganapalli which is 11 km away from Yaganti.

History of the Temple:
The Ancient Yaganti temple dates back to the 5th and 6th centuries, Since then temple construction work is initiated by various Pallava, Chola, Chalukya and Vijayanagara rulers. Finally completed in 15th Century by Harihara Bukka Raya of the Sangama Dynasty of Vijayanagara Empire. It was built according to Vaishnavaite traditions. Temple houses the Idol of Shiva and Parvathi fused together(Ardhanareeshwara pose)

Legend of the Temple:

Legent has it that sage Agastya wanted to build a temple for Lord Venkateswara on this site. However, the statue that was made could not be installed as the toe nail of the idol got broken. The sage was upset over this and performed a penance for Shiva. When Shiva appeared, he said the place suits Shiva better as it resembles Kailash. Agastya then requested Shiva to give the devotees a Parvathi Goddess as Lord Uma Maheswara in a single stone, which Shiva obliged.

According to another Legend, Chitteppa, a devotee of Shiva, was worshiping Shiva and Shiva appeared to him as a tiger. Chitteppa understood that it was Lord Shiva in tiger form, and shouted Neganti Shivanu ne kanti (meaning in telugu is I saw Shiva I saw), and danced with joy. over a period of time Neganti become Yaganti.

This temple is known for,
1. Pushkarini: A Pond of water in the temple premises. Water flows into this Pushkarini from the bottom of hill through the mouth of a Nandi (bull). No one knows how the water reaches the pond all year round. Devotees find that a holy bath in Pushkarini is highly beneficial. After taking a bath in Pushkarini, they pay tributes to Lord Shiva.
2. Agastya Cave: This is the cave where Agastya performed his penance for Shiva. To reach top one has to climb 120 steps
3. Venkateshwara Cave: The sage Agastya wanted to build a temple for Lord Venkateswara on this site. However, the statue that was made could not be installed as the toe nail of the idol got broken. The damaged idol of Lord Venkateswara is present in this cave. Compared to Agastya cave it is easy to climb though the steps are steep.
4. Veera Brahmenra Swamy Cave: This is the cave where saint Sree Potuluri Veera Brahmendra swamy wrote some of his Kala Gnaanam (prophecy). The height of the cave is less and one needs to bend half over to enter it.
5. Growing Nandi: The devotees believe that the Nandi idol in front of the temple is continuously increasing its size. It is said that people used to do Pradakshinas (rounds) around it in the past. Now it is not possible to do Pradakshinam as Nandi grown all four sides. This Nandi is Growing 1 Inch in Every 20 Years. According to Potuluri Veera Brahmendra swamy, the Basavanna (stone nandi) of Yaganti will come alive and shout when Kali Yuga ends.
6. Sri Abhayanjanya Swamy Temple: One can see this temple when you are coming out from exit gate. It is just below the Agastya Cave
7. Absence of Crows: Legend has it that while the Sage Agastya was performing his penance, crows disturbed him and he cursed that the crows cannot enter the place.
8. Yaganti Temple Akasha Deepam: Every day temple priest used to the lit lamp using 4 litres of oil and 2 mt thick wicks, in the evening on a ledge behind Veerabhadra Swamy Temple. The lamp glows from 6 am – 6 pm in the open air on top of the hill.

Temple Timings:
Morning 06:00 to 13:00 hrs
Evening 15:00 to 20:00 hrs

Entry Fee:
5 INR per person for Sarva Darshan

Nearby Attractions:
1. Ravvala Konda, where Veera Brahmendra swamy wrote kalagnanam
2. Nawab Palace, where Tollywood famous movie Arundathi shooted
3. Achamamba House, Where Veera Brahmendra swamy Lived
4. Nela Matam, Which is first Matam of Lord Veera Brahmendra swamy
Written November 22, 2021
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Bala Tripura S
Bengaluru, India2,923 contributions
Lonely temple near hillock
Aug 2021
This temple is around 14km from Banaganapalle in kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh.Lord Shiva worshipped as Umamaheswara.There is one pond infront of the temple where devotees used to take bath.It is closed now due to Covid.This temple is constructed inside a forest and there are some set of cave near to the temple called Venkateswara cave,Agastya cave etc.There is growing nandi inside the temple.People believe that this nandi statue grows every day and it will get up and roar at the end of this kalyuga and this universe will destroyed after that
Written August 31, 2021
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neerajberi01
Bhubaneswar, India21 contributions
Yaganti temple
Aug 2020
Yaganti temple is one of the most visited temples in Andhra Pradesh. Yaganti is settled in Yerramala hills and Temple is Located with caves surrounding it. Yaganti Temple is famous for Growing Nandi. This Nandi is changing its form and Growing 1 inch in Every 20 Years. According to Potuluri Veera Brahmendra swamy, the Basavanna (stone nandi) of Yaganti will come alive and shout when Kali Yuga ends. For getting details go to thestonestudio.in One more speciality is that here no one can find crows, for which on saying is there that while the Sage Agastya was performing his penance, crows disturbed him and he cursed that the crows cannot enter the place.
Written March 23, 2021
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94412345
Hyderabad, India78 contributions
nestled amongst the hills
Jan 2021
1. the historical aspect of the temple as told by the priests and google makes it a must visit
2. the temple is nestled amongst the hills and it looks so picturesque
3. the nandi outside according to the legend keeps growing and the reason stays a mystery
4. due to the pandemic the darshan to the main shrine is limited a bit afar but visible
5. as usual the outside premises are spoilt due to the people throwing all waste outside and not in the bins provided wish the surroundings were kept clean
6. the main pond in the picture was closed with a padlock and not open for a visit probably by the temple authorities
7. the drive leading to the temple amongst the villages and cultivated lands was good
Written January 11, 2021
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raja p
Hyderabad, India2,072 contributions
historical temple
Nov 2020
this is famous temple in andhrapradesh and historical.i really excited to visit this temple.500 years old temple.the nandi idol in this temple is growing in size is sectacular.
Written December 5, 2020
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Dhiraj Shetty
Bengaluru, India113 contributions
Good option for a day trip from Bengaluru. Location is very pretty
Sep 2020
Nice, quiet place that is not crowded. Is a good drive from Bengaluru (340 km). The temple is simple and nice. The statue of Nandi is impressive. The caves are a good experience. The steps are narrow and steep. Plus, water drips from the roof, making the steps slippery. Adventurous, but not for everyone.
Good option for a day trip. On the way, you will see the factory of KIA Motors. You might even consider camping overnight. Carry food and water. Toilets are available. They are not well-maintained, but usable.
Words of advise: Driving during the day can be tiring because the route gets hot as early as 8 am.
Written October 2, 2020
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Raghunath K
Bengaluru, India53 contributions
Positivity spread temple
Jun 2019
beautiful temple ,I visited this place with my friends. This temple is famous for Nandi. It is so big and the size of this is increased day by day. It is also there in veerabrahmam charitra.
Written May 25, 2020
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Chinthalapati V
Bengaluru, India2 contributions
Chinthalapati
Feb 2020
Good place and must have to visit in life
Better to know about this place before visiting.
Must visit lord venkateswara temple and agasthya maharshi place
Written February 24, 2020
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TE K
242 contributions
Devotional
Jan 2020 • Family
I visited this place with my family. This temple is famous for Nandi. It is so big and the size of this is increased day by day. It is also there in veerabrahmam charitra
Written January 22, 2020
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Shailendra
Hyderabad, India493 contributions
Serene and beautiful temple
Dec 2019 • Solo
Yaganti Umamaheshwara Swamy Temple nested in beautiful hills in the Kurnool district of Andhra pradesh. It is famous for the growing Nandi and the Pushkarini (pond) which gets water all round the year from the hills.

It is a very serene and calm place and worth a visit for the historical temple architecture.
Written December 15, 2019
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