About the Mahanandi Temple
Mahanandi temple is in the east of Nallamala Hills and Forest. The main deity of the temple is Lord Shiva. The temple is near Nandyal, Kurnool District Andhra Pradesh. There are 9 Nandi Shrines called Nava Nandulu within 15km. Mahanandi is the ancient and important shrine among the 9 shrines. The other 8 shrines are Shivanandi, Vinayakanandi, Somanandi, Prathamanandi, Garudanandi, Suryanandi, Krishnanandi (also called Vishnunandi) and Naganandi. The Mahanandi temple is constructed 1500 years ago and gone through repairs and rebuilt several times. The temple was built by Chalukya Kings and the architecture of the temple shows the strong presence of Chalukyas. The presiding deity of the temple is Mahanandeeswara, in the form of Swayambu Shiva Lingam.
History of Mahanandi Temple
According to the legends, the black cow milk from Gopavaram village is used for Abhishekam on a daily basis. The cowherd takes the cows to feed in the forest. One of the cows enters the bush and ooze the milk and comes home with an empty udder every day. The cowherd wanted to know the reason, followed the cow, and hide behind the bush. The cow as usually stood on the grass-covered ant hole, a lad came out and drank the milk. The cowherd saw that started talking here and there.
The spies of the king heard it and informed the King. The king felt happy and want to see clearly the same and The king also followed the cow slowly, the cow was frightened and ran away hurriedly with its huff sunk the hole and the child disappeared from there. The king went home with great surprise. The same day the king had a dream, Lord Shiva appeared and told him that, he only drank the milk and instructed him to construct a temple.
The next day king visited the hole and found Rock Pallus instead of a hole. On the Shiva Lingam, he found the hoof of the cow and surprised. The king constructed the temple and dug a pond in opposite direction and named Rudra Gunda. He also dug two ponds in the northern and eastern side of the temple and named them Brahma Gunda and Vishnu Gunda. The ponds are of full water in all seasons and supplied the water for 2000 acres of fertile lands.
Mahanandi Temple Darshan Timings
Mahanandi Temple Darshan timings, opens at 4:30 AM with Suprabhatam Seva and closes at 9:30 PM by Ekantha Seva.
|Day||Temple Darshan Timings|
|Monday||4:30 AM to 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM to 9:30 PM|
|Tuesday||4:30 AM to 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM to 9:30 PM|
|Wednesday||4:30 AM to 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM to 9:30 PM|
|Thursday||4:30 AM to 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM to 9:30 PM|
|Friday||4:30 AM to 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM to 9:30 PM|
|Saturday||4:30 AM to 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM to 9:30 PM|
|Sunday||4:30 AM to 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM to 9:30 PM|
Mahanandi Temple Darshan/Poojas/Sevas Timings
Devotees come here to perform Poojas and Sevas to Lord Mahanandeeswara. Below are Sevas with timings and prices.
|S No.||Poojas/Sevas||Temple Timings||Ticket Prices|
|1||Suprabhatam Seva||4:30 am to 5:00 am||Rs.100 per person|
|2||Sthanika Abhishekam, Binde Seva||5:00 am to 5:30 am||Rs.100 per person|
|3||Astavidha Maha Mangala Harathi||5:30 am to 6:30 am||Rs.100 per person|
|4||Darshan||6:30 am to 8:00 am 9:00 am to 11:00 am 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm||Rs 20 to Rs 351 per person|
|5||Nijaroopa Darshan||8:00 am to 9:00 am 11:00 am to 12:00 pm 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm||Rs.50|
|6||Nithya Kalyanam||11:00 am onward||Rs.1116|
|7||Maha Nivedana||12:30 pm – 1:00 pm|
|8||Break Time (No Darshan)||1:00 pm to 2:00 pm|
|9||Astavidha Maha Mangala Harathi||5:30 pm to 6:30 pm||Rs.100|
|10||Ekantha Seva||9:00 pm to 9:30 pm||Rs .50|
Mahanandi Temple Other Pooja Timings
Special Poojas performed to Mahanandeeswara Swamy are:
Mangala Vadhyamulu – 4.45 AM
Swamy Vari Sthanika Abhishekam – 5.30 AM
Mahamangala Harathi – 6.00 AM
Abhishekam Swamy Vari – 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
The main festival celebrated in the temple is Maha Shivaratri for seven days initiating from” Maha Bhula Chaturdasi”. Every day nearly 20000 devotees visits the temple from Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Mysore. The other festivals celebrated here are:
- Ugadi: March / April
- Vaikunta Ekadasi: December/ January
- Kartika Pournima: November/ December
- Vijayadashami: October
The temple provides Prasadam to the devotees who visit the temple. Below are the Prasadams with prices
Abhishekam Laddu: Rs.50/-
How to Reach
By Air: The nearest airport is Orvakal Airport, Kurnool which is 40km from Nandyal. The other airport is Shamshabad Airport, Hyderabad which is nearly 250kms to Nandyal
By Rail: The nearest railway station is Gajupally Railway Station which is 6 km from Mahanandi. The next nearest railway station is Nandyal Junction which is 19 km from the temple.
By Road: APSRTC provided a number of buses from Nandyal to Mahanandi. There are buses from different places like Amaravathi, Hyderabad, Tirupati, and Srisailam, etc.
Accommodation at Mahanandi
There are many Hotels, Guesthouses, and Lodges in Mahanandi to accommodate the pilgrims. There is Haritha Hotel for the devotees to stay.
Mahanandi Temple Address & Phone Number
Sri Mahanandeeswara Swamy Vari Temple,
Kurnool District – 518502.
Office:08514-234726 / 284620