Yaganti Uma Maheswara Temple is a temple dedicated to Lord Siva located in Kurnool district. Sri Veerabhadra Swamy is the Kshetra Palaka (Protector) of this temple. Neganti is the actual name of this place, which means ‘I Saw’, as time passes by locals started calling by Yaganti.
Yaganti Uma Maheswara Temple Legends
After completing the North journey, Sage Agastya started his journey towards South India. During the journey, he came across a place and was impressed with the natural beauty around Yaganti ( Neganti means I saw) and thought of installing Lord Venkateswara here. He found the Vishnu’s idol in a cave nearby and did all the rituals prior installation. At the time of installation, Sage Agastya noticed that the Idol’s toenail was broken and stopped the event. Agasthya Rishi was upset and did penance for Lord Siva to know the reason. Lord Siva explained to him that this place suits for Saiva Kshetra and that is why he was not able to install the Idol. Lord Siva self-manifested here as an Ardhanareswara ( Lord Siva occupies half of the body and other halves will be of Goddess Parvathi) on request of Sage Agastya. Ardhanareswara was praised here as Sri Uma Maheswara Swamy.
Another version of the story is, there lived a Lord Siva’s by name Chitteppa. For whom Lord appeared in the form of a Tiger, knowing this, he started shouting as ‘Neganti ni Shiva nu Neganti ni’ which means I saw Siva I saw)
Yaganti Uma Maheswara Temple Crow’s Story
The story behind not finding crows at Yaganti, Once it happened that Sage Agastya while meditating for Lord Siva was very much disturbed by the demon Kakasura sounds in the form of a crow. Agastya raged high and cursed Kakasura, by saying that no crows should be seen anywhere near Yaganti.
Yaganti Uma Maheswara Temple History
This temple was built during the 5th and 6th century and was patronized by Pallavas, Cholas, Chalukyas.
Temple was renovated by the kings Harihara and Bukka Raya of Vijayanagara Dynasty and had glorious time during the 15th century.
Yaganti Uma Maheswara Temple Pushkarini
Water comes out of Nandi’ mouth, no one knows from where the water is coming from. Water flow continues irrespective of the seasons. This water posses medicinal properties and tastes sweeter.
Yaganti Uma Maheswara Temple Caves
Caves entry is available from 7 am – 5 pm
It is believed that Sage Agastya did penance here for Lord siva. One should climb up 120 steps to reach the cave entrance. Shrine for Goddess Parvathi is located here.
Sri Venkateswara Cave
Defect Idol of Vishnu can be seen here. It is believed that this Idol was sculptured prior to the arrival of Lord Venkateswara Swamy onto Tirumala hills.
Sri Pothuluri Veera Brahmam Cave
It is believed that Sri Pothuluri Veera Brahmendra Swamy spent some of his time here.
Yaganti Uma Maheswara Temple Nandi
The most interesting part of Yaganti Nandi was sculptured on a single rock and is growing by an inch over the span of 20 years. Unlike other Siva temples, Nandi is not seated right opposite to Lord Siva, it is located to the side of the main mandap. Sri Pothuluri Veera Brahmendra Swamy mentioned in his prophecy that at the end of Kaliyuga, Yaganti Nandi will come alive and shouts loudly.
Yaganti Uma Maheswara Temple Akasha Deepam
Every day temple priest used to the lit lamp using 4 litres of oil and 2 mt thick wick, in the evening on a ledge behind Veerabhadra Swamy Temple. The lamp glows from 6 am – 6 pm in the open air on top of the hill.
Yaganti Uma Maheswara Temple Timings
Morning Hours: 7 am – 11 am
Evening Hours: 5 pm – 8 pm
Yaganti Uma Maheswara Temple Food
Free and quality food will be provided to the pilgrims at Annadana Hall
Timings: 11 am – 2:30 pm and 8 pm – 9:30 pm
How to reach Yaganti Uma Maheswara Temple?
- Yaganti is 11 km from Banaganpalli , 48 km from Nandyala, 78 km from Ahobilam, 76 km from Kurnool. Bus frequency is quite from all these places to Yaganti Temple
- The nearest Railway station is at Nandyal.
- The nearest airport is at Tirupati, which is 280 km away.
The temple timings are 6am to 1pm and 3pm to 8pm.
There are countries for stay.
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