Mahanandi is another important Shiva temple in Nallamala forest. The Mahanandiswara Swamy Temple, an important shrine, among nava Nandis (9 nandi tempes). This ancient temple dates back over 1,500 years. It is believed that the temple was constructed in the 7th century by the Chalukyas and several more additions were done during the Nanda Dynasty in the 10th century and by the Vijayanagara kings in the 15th and 16th centuries. The gopuram of the temple stands over the sanctum sanctorum and is constructed in the Badami Chalukyan architectural style. The other temple structures are constructed in the Vijayanagara architectural style.
Mahanadeeswara Temple & Holy water pool
The Mahanandeeswara Temple is surrounded by mandapas and the sanctum sanctorum has a vimana, which has a shikara on the top. There is a tank in front of the temple that has tepid waters throughout the year. The water of the tank is popular for its curative properties. The inlet and outlet of the tank are arranged in such a manner that the water level stays constant at 5 feet. The tank is fed from 5 springs – called Srisailadhara, Narasimhadhara, Daivodhinidhara, Nanditirtha and Kailasatirtha. There are two pools of fresh water as well, known as Pushkarni or Kalyani.
The temple houses a Linga made from rough uncut rocks, with two sockets. Here the Linga is seen just above the earth`s surface without the three Peethams underneath. There is a massive Nandi bull in front of the temple and this is the reason the temple is called Mahanandi Tirtha. Close to the main shrine is another shrine dedicated to the Goddess. The Srichakra, in front of the deity, is said to have been installed by Adisankara himself.
Behind the main shrine, there are three small shrines, each consisting of a Shiva Lingam. Devotees believe that if one worships at these shrines, the person will go beyond the Sthoola, Sookshma and Karana Dehas to the Turiya stage.
Mystic waterpools with crystalline and healing qualities
Beautiful forest around
Prathama Nandi: This Nandi is situated upon a high soil base very nearer to Nandyal railway station.
Naga Nandi: Naga Nandi is inside Anjaneya temple, which is located very near the Nandyal bus stand.
Soma Nandi: Soma Nandi is towards east of Nandyal(almost inside nandyal town), very near the upcoming jagajanani temple.
Surya Nandi: Surya Nandi is located on the road to Mahanandi. After about 4 miles from Nandyal look out for a sign called U.Bollavaram village and take the immediate right (identified by a arch erected on two large metal poles) and go for a kilometer to reach this temple.
Shiva Nandi: Approximately 13 km away from Nandyal on the road to Mahanandi look out for Thimmavaram village and take a left after this. The small road is also a bus route and twists and turns to lead you to Shiva Nandi. A beautiful, but neglected temple constructed on the Chalukya Architecture lines. Kadamala Kaluva(canal)is a landmark. the temple is in Kadamala village.
Vishnu(Krishna) Nandi: located on the road to Mahanandi, 2 miles before Mahanandi, take a left just adjacent to the Telugu ganga scheme canal and follow on the banks for about 4 Kms of rugged mud road to reach this beautifully serene temple. (proceeding further ahead and taking a left, ask for directions, one can reach Shiva nandi temple also).
Garuda Nandi: When you go from Nandyal it is located just before the Mahanandi Temple after you cross the Big Nandi Statue.
Mahanandi Temple: beautiful temple with natural springs(pushkarini) where one should have a holy dip before entering the temple, but it is suggested to avoid holidays and festival days as the crowd is too much.
Vinayaka Nandi: Vinayaka Nandi is situated towards northwest of Mahanandi Temple. It is a small temple located to left of the exit Gopuram as you come out.
Where is Mahanandi Temple
Mahanandi is located near Nandyala town in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh state, India - 581501
How to Reach
Mahanandi located 15km from Nandyal town, which is connected by rail and road ways.
Distance From: Hyderabad - 300 km, Vijayawada - 315 km, Kurnool - 92 km
Nearest Airport: Hyderabad, Vijayawada
Nearest Bus Station: Nandyala
Nearest Railway Station: Nandyala
Transport: Nandyala railway station is on Vijaywada - Bengaluru route. Frequest buses, trains available.
Where to Stay
Devasthanam choultries available at Mahanandi. Decent lodges are there in Nandyal town.
Best Season & Time to Visit
All seasons particulary Kartheeka masam (Nov to Dec)
Festivals / Events
Lord Shiva is the deity worshipped here and hence Shivaratri is the most famous festival celebrated in the Mahanandi Temple. Lakhs of devotees assemble here to bow before the Lord on this auspicious occasion. There are various religious functions and rituals held in the temple precincts and surrounding villages on this occasion.
Other festivals observed here include the Karthika Pournami, Ugadi Utsavam, Vinayaka Chaturthi, Rama Navami, Paruveta Utsavam and Vaikunta Ekadashi.