Mahanandishwara Temple Mahanandi
Mahanandishwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located in Mahanandi Thimmapuram village, well-known as Mahanandi village and is home to the famous 1500 year's old Mahanandishwara Temple. here are nine Nandi shrines known as Nava Nandis and Mahanandishwara temple is the prime temple. Mahanandi is situated at about 20kms from Nandyal in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh.
Mahanandi is a beautiful temple town and the existence of the famous Mahanandishwara Temple, with presiding deity of Lord Siva, makes this place religiously significant. This temple town is located at the east of Nallamala Hill ranges with nine temples of Nandi known as Nava nandulu. (Nandi- bull which is considered as the vehicle of Lord Siva) situated within a range of 15kms of radius.
Mahanandi is one of the nine Nandis, surrounding which there are eight temple of Nandis. They are: Prathama Nandi situated near the Nandyal railway station, Naga Nandi is inside Anjaneya temple to the west of Nandyal, Soma Nandi which lies towards the east of Nandyal near Atmakur, Surya Nandi is located four miles east of Nandyal and six miles west of Mahanandi, Vishnu Nandi also known as Krishna Nandi is located about two miles from Mahanandi, Vinayaka Nandi is situated towards northwest of the main temple, Shiva Nandi is nearly 13kms from Nandyal and Garuda Nandi lies to the west of Mahanandi temple. All the nine temples of Nandiswara are equally sacred but of all these temples, Mahanandi receives more name and fame .
Legend of Mahanandi Temple - There are two popular legends as to why the place came to be called Nava Nandi. One version is that in the beginning, of Kritayuga, one Parvata had two sons called Silada and Nandi. The eldest son Silada got his name due to his strict penance in which he gave up eating any food except Sila or stone. The Lord was pleased by his devotion and converted Silada into a holy hill and began to live upon him. In the same manner, the second son Nandi also meditated upon Lord Siva, and the Lord converted him as his Nandi and made him his vehicle. 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 ancestral deity the Nandi, hence the name Mahanandi.
Temples here have received the patronage of kings of several dynasties including those of the famous Vijayanagar kings. Book A tour Package to Mahanandishwara Temple Mahanandi.