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Siva Temples In Andhra Pradesh
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RYALI - UMAKAMADALESWARA AALAYAM

Ryali etched its sacred name on the pages of legends for reasons more than one. The Jaganmohini Kesavaswamy image receiving worship both in the fore and rear has made it a unique temple, attracting all classes of people. Another colourful feather, it wears in its cap comes from the Umakamandaleswara Aalayam which does not lag behind either in fantastic origin, or consequent to its popularity. This is the only Siva temple in India where the Siva linga is seen without Somasutram, deemed indispensable for every Siva temple. The sthalapurana narrates that Siva followed Mohini, who distributed nectar that emerged from Ksheerasagara. Mohini in fear ran off,but was followed by the love-lorn Siva, and at this place, one of the flowers worn by Mohini fell. When Siva took it and looked at her longingly, Mohini transformed herself into Vishnu. Fearing humiliation at the hands of Umadevi, Siva preferred staying here in lingarupa, when Brahma made jalabhisheka from His kamandala water. So he is called Uma Kamandaleswara swamy. This temple contains many inscriptions and grand images. Its courtyards and minishrines, though modest are grand and well-maintained.

It lies 6 Km off Ravulapalem of West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh having bus and railway facilities upto Ravulapalem and then cart or cycle rickshaw.

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