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Temples & Legends Of Andhra Pradesh
Index of Andhra Pradesh

Kulapati's Preface

Author - Shri. N . Ramesan On Temples
Srisailam

Ahobalam

Alampur Lepakshi
Tadpatri Mahanandi
Tirupati Kalahasti
Chezerla

Amaravati

Mangalagiri Vijayawada
Akiripalli Draksharama
Kotipalli Annavaram
Simhachalam Arasavalli
Srikurmam Bhadrachalam
Yadagiri Vemulavada
Dharmapuri
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
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Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

MAHANANDI

There are two popular legends as to why the place came to be called Nava Nandi. One version is that in the beginning, of Kitayuga one Parvata had two sons called Silada and Nandi. The eldest son Silada got his name due to his strict tapascharya in which he gave up eating any food except Sila or stone. The Lord was so pleased that he converted Silada into a holy hill and began to live upon him. Thus it is said that Silada as a famous shrine in the same range of hills came into existence. In the same manner, the second son Nandi also meditated upon the Lord Siva, and the Lord converted him as his Nandi or his vahana. The place where Nandi conducted his tapascharya is considered to be the portion where the present Mahanandi exists. The other version is that a dynasty of local kings, known as Nandas, ruled here in the 11th century A.D. and they built a number of temples and worshipped their tutelary deity namely the Nandi. Temples here have received the patronage of kings of several dynasties including those of the famous Vijayanagar kings.

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