Thursday, 9 February 2012

Yaganti: Discover Spirituality

Yaganti: Discover Spirituality 

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Overview: Our first place for the day was Yaganti. We started from Banaganapalli at around 6:30am and reached Yaganti in around 20 mins. Yaganti is a spiritual place which is known for a pushkarni, Uma Maheshwara temple, a growing Nandi and a series of cave temples. We first went to the Pushkarni where several devotees were having holy bath in the clear waters. The water was lukewarm and was continuously flowing from the mouth of Nandi. One legend says that once when sage Agastya was meditating here, some crows disturbed him so he cursed them never to be seen around this place. Ever since then no crows are seen around Yaganti temple.
Good Morning at Yaganti
We could see the Nawab Palace which belonged to the Nawab of Kurnool on the way to Yaganti. The structure looks marvellous but due to time constraints we could not visit the palace.
Nawab Palace
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From here we went to the Uma Maheshwara temple which is surrounded by huge rocky hills from 3 sides. This is a 15th Century temple built during the Sangama Dynasty of the Vijayanagara period. There are interesting stories behind this temple. Please click here for more details.
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At the temple there is a huge idol of Nandi which is believed to grow continuously which is also verified by the Archaeological Survey of India. Just outside the temple there is a small pond which has crystal clear waters and one can see many fishes in the water.
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From the temple we went to the Rokalla Cave where Saint Agastya once meditated. There is a small shivalinga which is worshipped by the people.
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There is a second cave dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara where it is said that the foot of the idol is damaged.
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The third cave called the Shankara cave is the last of the caves which are present adjacent to each other. Inside the cave there is an idol of Shankaracharya and a Shivalinga as well.
Apart from these 3 caves there are more caves which are present in this region. One has to trek for some distance to reach those caves.
Shankara Cave, Yaganti Shankara Cave, Yaganti
How to reach: Bus: From Bangalore, there are direct buses to Tadipatri. From there board the buses going towards Banaganapalli. From there shared autos can be hired to reach Yaganti.
Car: From Bangalore, head on NH7 towards Hyderabad road, at Anantapur, turn right and move towards Tadipatri. Proceed further 30kms to reach Belum Caves. From Belum Caves Yaganti is around 45 kms.
Food/Accommodation: AC and Non-AC rooms available at Yaganti in Brahmani Residency. Also small lodges are available at Banaganapalli.

26 comments:

  1. Wow , nice to read about this place . Thanks for sharing . Nice capture.

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  2. Very detailed coverage. Growing Nandi is a surprise. Nice to know about this place. Great shots as usual.

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  3. Wow. Awesome place. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Beautiful pictures :) and the place looks good too!

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    1. Thanks Keerthana.. Yes the place is indeed good and worth visiting..

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  5. Arun, tell me something, how do you discover such unknown locations in and around Bangalore, the more I see your posts, I admire the true explorer in you! Hats off! Keep on doing the great work.For this post, I loved the Venkateshwara Caves, never knew they existed!

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    1. Thanks Arnab... Thanks for admiring.. Well you are much better off in photography though.. Saw your pics... Wonderful..

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    2. I wont agree that I am better :) Some of your shots are truly excellent as well, keep clicking!

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  6. I thought we had to go to Badami to see rock-cut caves. Thanks again for unearthing these beauties.

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    1. Yeah Badami also is a fantastic place.. Yaganti is much less explored by people outside AP..

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  7. Wow! Arun, u surprise me every time I come here. Great work.

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    1. Thanks Divya.. Sure India is a land of surprises..

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  8. Superb captures and a wonderful place, off the beaten track very well documented. Would love to be there someday, till then this virtual tour through your blog is my refuge. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks a lot Arti.. Probably you can plan a complete tour of South India and share your Yatra stories as you have beautifully documented the Himalayas... I am sure we can find many more interesting places if we start exploring..

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  9. Finally your post on Yaganti, now i notice there is a place to stay to come up, nice photo coverage of Yaganti ARUN. I am sure you enjoyed your visit to this exclusive place

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  10. Fabulous post! An interesting place indeed.

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  11. Wow ! Another incredible tour and fabulous pictures.

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  12. Awesome Place. Im already planning my trip to these areas now.. thanks to your blog.
    And what a lot of information you have given. Kudos to you.

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  13. mr,arun....that bunglow(its not a palace) does not belong to the nawab of kurnool,infact kurnool is not a princely state and nor does it hav a nawab....it belongs to the nawab of banganapalli.....nawab mir fazle ali khan bahadur!

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  17. Really a great blog with beautiful presentation.

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