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Shri Jagannath Temple, which is located on Road No. 12 of Banjara Hills, Hyderabad is a modern temple built by the local Odia community in Hyderabad.

Shri Jagannath Temple in Banjara Hills

Hyderabad Jagannath Temple Info:


Primary Deity Lord Jagannath
Locale Banjara Hills
Date Built 2009
Major Festival Rath Yatra
District Hyderabad
State Telangana
Pincode 500034
Phone 040-23557388 (Temple)
Website shrijagannathtemplehyderabad.com

This temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath (Lord Krishna incarnation of Lord Vishnu).


Jagannath Temple Complex:


Shri Jagannath temple complex in Hyderabad is a perfect replica of the original Puri Jagannath temple in Odisha.

Puri Jagannath Temple in Hyderabad

The main sanctum of Jagannath Temple includes Lord Jagannath with Balabhadra (his brother) and Subhadra (his sister). The idols are made of wood.

Undavalli Caves are ancient four-story rock-cut caves dating back to the 4th and 5th century AD located in Undavalli village of Guntur district in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.

Undavalli Caves near Vijayawada - History, Timings and Attractions
Undavalli Caves

These caves are located just 10 km south-west of Vijayawada, near Prakasam Barrage, which connects Krishna and Guntur districts. These caves are located on the banks of Krishna River.

These ancient rock-cut cave temples are carved out of a hill of sandstone and are located at a distance of 35 km from the city of Guntur.



These protected cave monuments are associated with Vishnukundina kings and were once used by the Buddhist monks as their resting places.


This is an ideal place to go with kids, hangout with family members and friends.

Undavalli Caves in Guntur District

Official language spoken at Undavalli is Telugu.

Varanasi, Kashi or Banaras is considered one of the oldest living cities in the world.

Present on the banks of the holy river Ganga, the city is visited by pilgrims and devotees from all over the world.

Ghats of Varanasi (A series of steps that lead you down to a river) are the main source of attractions of tourism in Varanasi. Many of these ancient ghats have been rebuilt over the years and have a unique story to their credit.

Many pilgrims and devotees congregate at Varanasi ghats and take a boat trip to experience the scenic beauty of the famous ghats.


There are as many as 88 ghats in Varanasi city.


The most popular and important ghats among them are Assi Ghat, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat and Panchganga Ghat just to name a few.

Manikarnika Ghat and Harishchandra Ghat are best known as a traditional cremation ghats.

Ghats List

  1. Assi Ghat
  2. Dashashwamedh Ghat
  3. Manikarnika Ghat
  4. Scindia Ghat
  5. Panchganga Ghat
  6. Harishchandra Ghat
  7. Lalita Ghat
  8. Shivala Ghat
  9. Hanuman Ghat
  10. Tulsi Ghat
  11. Nepali Ghat
  12. Ganga Mahal Ghat
  13. Ram Ghat
  14. Man Mandir Ghat
  15. AhilyaBai Ghat
  16. Kedar Ghat
  17. Vijayanagaram Ghat
  18. Meer Ghat
  19. Bachraj Ghat
  20. Jain Ghat
  21. Chet Singh Ghat
  22. Munshi Ghat
  23. Darbhanga Ghat
  24. Dandi Ghat
  25. Tripura Bhairavi Ghat
  26. Bhonsale Ghat
  27. Panchakot Ghat
  28. Rana Mahal Ghat
  29. Reewa Ghat

Assi Ghat


Assi Ghat is one of the very famous ghat mentioned in Puranas located at southern end of Varanasi city at the confluence of Assi and Ganga rivers.

Assi Ghat - Varanasi
Assi Ghat

This ghat has easy access to several lodges and popular locations in Varanasi.

This is one of the most preferred ghat of the Varanasi during the festival period. It is also a best ghat where tourists can start their boat trips along the holy river Ganga.

According to an ancient history, Goddess Durga killed the demons Shumbha and Nishumbha and threw her sword in the Assi river.

That's why on the banks of the Assi river this holy ghat is present today.

Sri Vengamamba Perantalu Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Goddess Vengamamba in Narrawada village.

This small historic temple village is located just 8.5 km away from the headquarter Duttalur in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh state.

Narrawada Temple Info:


Primary Deity Goddess Vengamamba
Locale Narrawada
District Spsr Nellore
State Andhra Pradesh
Pincode 524222
Phone 08629 240636

Narrawada Vengamamba Perantalu Temple

The main attraction of this place is Vengamamba Thirunala. It is conducted in a grand manner in the months of June-July attracting Vengamamba devotees from all corners of Andhra Pradesh and other nearby states.


A large arch at the entrance welcomes you to the Vengamamba Temple.

Narrawada Sri Vengamamba Perantalu Temple

About Narrawada:

Varanasi is an ancient city known for its collection of sacred temples on the banks of the holy river Ganges in the state of Uttar Pradesh in Northern India.

Varanasi is known with different names like Banaras (Benares), Kashi (Kasi) and played a vital role in the development of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism.

Temples of Varanasi - Kashi Temples
Temples of Varanasi - Kashi Temples

Varanasi is present between the Ganges confluence with two rivers: the Varuna and the Assi stream. The city has many holy temples built in different times by different kings, monasteries, saints and communities throughout history.

Ujjain Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple is the most lively Shiva temples of India.

This holy temple is present in the heart of ancient historical city of Ujjain in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India.

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple Info:


Primary Deity Lord Shiva
Location Ujjain
State Madhya Pradesh
Pincode 456006
Major Festivals Maha Shivratri

It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingam shrines which are said to be the most sacred dwelling places of Lord Shiva.

Best known for its Bhasma Arti, Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga is present on the side of Rudra Sagar Lake.

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple in Ujjain - Madhya Pradesh
Ujjain Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

Lord Shiva in the Shiva Lingam form here in Ujjain Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple is believed to be Swayambhu or self-manifested, deriving power or Shakti from within itself.

The deity here in Mahakaleshwar is known as "Dakshinamurthy" (facing the South direction) with Nandi (bull) on the south side.

About Omkareshwar Temple:


The Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple in Madhya Pradesh is one among the 12 famous Hindu Jyotirlinga shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the sacred island of Mandhata/Shivapuri.

This holy temple is present on the southern bank of the sacred Narmada river in Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh state in India.

Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple - Indore


The Narmada river is called as "Rewa" here in Omkareshwar. The temple is only13 km away from Mortakka and about 77 km from Indore and Khandwa.


It is said that the island which has derived its name from the Omkareshwar temple has the shape of a sacred Hindu religious symbol of "Om" or "Aum". This sacred island, which is divided into north and south, is connected by a bridge.

Mamleshwar Setu bridge on river Narmada at Omkareshwar

Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple Info:


Primary Deity God Shiva
Locale Omkareshwar
District Khandwar
State Madhya Pradesh
Pincode 450554
Phone 072802 71228

Yaganti Temple or Yaganti Sri Uma Maheswara Swamy Temple along with the growing Nandi is a major tourist attraction near Banganapalle town in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh state.

Yaganti Temple Info:


Primary Deity Lord Shiva
Date Built 15th century
Town Banganapalle
District Kurnool
Festivals Maha Shivratri
State Andhra Pradesh
Pincode 518124

Lord Shiva is the primary deity of this temple. The other important deities worshiped here in the Yaganti temple are Goddess Parvati and the huge Nandi idol that has grown its size over time.

Visitors enjoy the quiet, noiseless atmosphere in the Yaganti Temple and is a perfect destination for them to experience the true spirituality.

Tourist Attractions at Yaganti:


Yaganti Basavanna (Nandi):

Huge growing Nandi idol facing Lord Shiva and measuring approximately 5 feet high and 15 feet wide present in the temple is the main tourist attraction of Yaganti. The Nandi has been growing continuously over the last century.

Earlier, there was space to do parikrama or rounds around the Nandi earlier, but now it has grown in size and covered the pradakshina gap between the stone pillars.

According to the Archaeological Survey of India, the Nandi grows its size by an inch every 20 years as the rock has some chemical properties (silica and iron) to make it grow in size.

According to the Kalagnanam written by Sri Pothuluri Veerabrahmendra Swamy, this huge growing Nandi will come alive and shout at the end of Kali Yuga.


No crows hover around Yaganti temple even today as Sage Agastya cursed them at this place after being disturbed by the crows while he was in deep meditation.

Yaganti Caves:

Many cave temples like Agastya Cave, Lord Venkateshwara cave, Rokalla caves, Sanka caves and Pothuluri Veera Brahmam Cave present adjacent to the main Yaganti Uma Maheshwara temple.

Sage Agastya Cave:

This is the cave where Sage Agastya performed penance to the blessings of Lord Venkateshwara Swamy.

Lord Venkateshwara cave:

According to the beliefs of the local people here, the idol of Lord Venkateswara Swamy here in this cave is much older than the one present in Tirupati.

Veera Brahmam Cave:

It is here at this cave Srimadvirat Pothuluri Veerabrahmendra Swami wrote his Kalagnanam, the book of prophecies.

Temple Pushkarini:

Pushkarini, a small pond of fresh and sweet holy refreshing water coming from the hill and emerging from the mouth of the Nandi (the sacred bull calf) is another attraction of Yaganti temple.

Akasha Deepam/Sky Lamp:

Another attraction of this ancient temple is the burning lamp called Akasha Deepam present at the top of the hill, which is continuously lit all day long.

Yaganti Temple History:


Yaganti Sri Uma Maheswara Swamy Temple was constructed in the 15th century by the Sangama Dynasty ruler Harihara Bukka Raya of the great Vijayanagara empire.

Yaganti Stala Puranam:

Sage Agastya wanted to construct a temple for Lord Venkateshwara Swamy at this place.

However, he could not install the statue as the toe nail of Lord Venkateshwara idol was broken and the sage was deeply moved and started a penance for Lord Shiva, who then appeared as Uma Maheswara Swamy carved from a single stone at Yaganti.

Yaganti Temple Distance:

  1. Banaganapalli: 11 KM
  2. Nandyal: 48 KM
  3. Kurnool: 83.5 KM
  4. Anantapur: 125 KM
  5. Kadapa: 140 KM
  6. Hyderabad: 305 KM

Accommodation at Yaganti:


APTDC is offering limited cottage facility for the visitors at Yaganti, but you can also consider staying in Nandyal, Kurnool or Anantapur.

How to Reach Yaganti Temple:


Yaganti temple is well connected to all parts of the country via rail and road networks.

Road:

APSRTC (The government operated bus service of Andhra Pradesh) operates frequent buses from Nandyal, Kurnool and Banaganapalli to Yaganti temple.

Rail:

The nearest railway station is present at Panyam.

Air:

Hyderabad International Airport is the closest airport to reach Yaganti.


Best Time to Visit Yaganti:


Best time to visit this place is between October to February.

Festivals Celebrated at Yaganti:


Karthika mMsam and Maha Shivaratri are very special for Lord Shiva devotees and they celebrate with great fervor in the Yaganti Temple.

Yaganti Temple Timings:


The temple is open to the devotees from

Morning Afternoon
6:00 AM to 1:00 PM 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Nearby Attractions:


Owk Reservoir
Jogulamba Temple Alampur
Gandikota Fort
Kurnool Fort
Kurnool Museum
Kurnool Saibaba Temple
Jagannatha Gattu Temple

Belum Caves:


Belum Caves, the second largest caves in India, are located at a distance of about 44 km from the Yaganti Temple.

The name is derived from the word "Bilum", which translates to hole / caves in Sanskrit and is also called as "Belum Guhalu" in Telugu Language.

Visitors can see the large caverns, water galleries, stalactites, sinkholes, long passages, stalagmites, Patalganga (a perennial underground stream) and large chambers inside Belum Caves.

Carry enough water with you because you have to walk and crawl a lot in the caves.

Both Yaganti and Belum caves can be covered in a single itinerary.

Yaganti Temple Route Map:




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Amaravathi Sri Amareswara Swamy Temple in Amaravathi is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Amaralingeswara Swamy or Amareswara Swamy with his consort Bala Chamundika.

Amaravathi Temple Info:


Primary Deity Lord Shiva
Architecture Dravidian Style
Place Amaravathi Town
District Guntur
State Andhra Pradesh
Country India
Pincode 522020
Phone 086452 55241

Amaravathi, also known as Amareswaram, is a sacred temple town present on the south bank of the sacred Krishna River in the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh state.

Sri Amareswara Swamy Temple-Amaravathi, Guntur

Amaravathi is called as the "The City of Gods". Amaravathi is also famous for Buddhists in India and Satavahanas built great Buddhist Stupas at Amaravathi.


The ancient town of Amaravathi is one of the five Pancharamas or Pancharama Kshetras dedicated to Lord Shiva in Andhra Pradesh. Pancha meaning five and Aarama means peace.

Amaralingeswara Swamy temple - Amaravathi

Five Panchararama Kshetras:

  1. Amararama in Amaravathi
  2. Kumararamam in Samarlakota/Samalkota
  3. Bhimeshwara in Draksharamam
  4. Somaramam in Bhimavaram
  5. Ksheeraramam in Palakollu

Guntur is one of the popular districts of Andhra Pradesh Known for its ancient and historic Hindu temples.

Some of the popular places of historic importance in Guntur district are:
  1. Amaravathi (Andhra's New Capital city)
  2. Kondaveedu Fort near Phirangipuram village
  3. Undavalli Caves
  4. Ethipothala Waterfalls and Nagarjuna Sagar Dam
  5. Nagarjunakonda (Small Island having ancient remains of Buddhist structures)
  6. Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary
  7. Prakasam Barrage
  8. Guthikonda Caves
  9. Bhattiprolu (Buddhist Maha Stupa)

Some popular temples to visit in Guntur are:

Kotappakonda Trikoteswara Swamy Temple


Kotappakonda Trikoteswara Swamy Temple present on the holy hill Kotappakonda is located 13 km south-west of Narasaraopet city, Guntur is attracting many pilgrims throughout the year.

Kotappakonda Trikoteswara Swamy Temple
Kotappakonda Temple

The primary deity of this temple is Lord Shiva and is worshipped here as Sri Trikoteswara Swamy. The temple got its name from the three hills named after Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara.

Kotappakonda Tirunallu (festival) is celebrated at a grand scale in this temple and lakhs of devotees participate with great enthusiasm in this event.

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