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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
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

MAHANANDI

The Mula vigraha of the Lord in Lingakara is very unique, and unlike any of its counterparts in India, it is like a rough uncut rock, with two sockets. But it is considered to have great spiritual value since it contains saligramas, which are of immense value to the Vaishnava also. As at Srisailam, here also the Linga is seen just above the earth's surface without the three Peethams underneath. All can touch and worship the Lord to their heart's content.

The Sthalapurana of the temple contains interesting information about the present form of the Lord. The legend runs as follows. Nanda was ruling over the domain of Navanandis in which Mahanandi is situated. The king once conceived the idea of anointing the idol of the Lord and performing abhishekam in milk to it. Herds of cows were therefore brought from far and near to supply the required milk. A herd of cows from Gopavaram. Which came there contained a black cow. It used to be the main supply of milk to the king. This cow used to travel freely and graze in the forest.

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