are as many as eight famous Aalayas here dedicated to Vishnu and
Siva. The Saivite Aalayas have different names and enshrine the
lingas of Kasi Viswanatha, Vaidyanatha, Trikoteswara,
Indranatheswara, Kamalasambhaveswara, Santana Malleswara and Uma
Maheswara. They are adorned with exquisite sculptural pieces.
Regular worship according to Saivagamas is performed. Moreover, the
holy Srichakra worshipped here was installed by Adi Sankara,
according to the priests.
kshetra is also called Panchanandi kshetra due to the joining of
five rivers here, such as Papaghni, Kumudvati, Valkula and Mandavi
into Penna. If one ascends the
hill everyday after circumambulating the Aalayas for three weeks, he
gets freed from punarjanma, says the Sthalanga. The
Chennakesavaswamy prasad given in the Aalaya of the same name is so
sacrosanct. that bachelors get married, and barren women Santana as
sure as the Sun rises in the east, extol the locals loudly, rather
proudly. Belief works, relief lifts.
lies 16 km off Cuddapah, the district head quarters town of Andhra