- Tiruvengalanatha Aalayam
ancient cave temple enshrines a four and half a foot high granite
icon of Tiruvengadanatha and it is said to be swayambhu. It is
extremely grand to look at with Sri-Bhu-Nila devis to his sides. The
dignified bearing of the face of the archamurti is heightened by the
beautifully trimmed moustache twisted on the glossy puffed cheeks.
This sort of sight is rare and so mesmerizes the viewers at a single
glance. The proportionate sculpturing of his whole frame beautified
by the multi-coloured garlands interspered with diamond studded
jewels and peacock feathers over the curly hair casts an enchantment
on the viewers and wrings veneration the moment they stand before
it. There is another mandir for Tayaru in the cave itself. And at
the edge of the hill there is a mini-Sivaalayam with grand linga.
The hill top is quite extensive and so is accommodating several
Dharmasalas. Renowned for the bounteous grant of boons, this cave
temple is visited by a steady stream of pilgrims and tourists
throughout the year.
yearly Brahmotsav is celebrated with Navahnika Diksha as enunciated
in the Pancharatragama and it is a grand occasion for devout
Vaishnavates in particular. Its pull then is great and everything is
carried out on a grand scale.
lies 3 km off Garladinna on the way to Markapur from Podili of
Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh, commanding bus facilities from