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Yaganti Temple Mystery - The Mysterious Growing Nandi Of Yaganti Temple


Yaganti Temple Mystery - The Mysterious Growing Nandi Of Yaganti Temple

  • Sri Yaganti Uma Maheswara Temple is 14 km away from Banaganipalli in Kurnool district, 55 km from Nandyal, 80 km from Kurnool, 308 km from Hyderabad, 359 km from Vijayawada.
  • Yaganti is one of the most famous Shiva Temple in Andhra Pradesh state. The temple dates back to 5th and 6th centuries with contributions from Pallavas, Cholas, Chalukyas and Vijayanagara rulers. The temple received a significant contribution from Vijayanagara Kings Harihara & Bukka Rayalu, who finished the construction of several structures in and around the temple.


Yaganti Temple Mystery - The Mysterious Growing Nandi Of Yaganti Temple


Yaganti Temple Mystery - యాగంటి గుడి నంది రహస్యం - Yaganti Kshetra Puranam, Legends and Myths


How To Reach Yaganti Temple

  • Hyderabad Airport is the nearest airport, 290 km from Yaganti.
  • Nandyal Railway Station, 55 km away is the nearest railway station which is connected to major cities like Howrah, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Goa, Machilipatnam, Vijayawada, Hubli, Puri, Vizag and Bhubaneswar. Buses are available to Yaganti from Banaganapalli twice a day at 7 AM & 3:30 PM. Banaganapalli has several buses from Cuddapah, Hyderabad, Nandyal and Kurnool. The best time to visit Yaganti is from October to March while the Peak Season is from February to March. Usually, it takes half a day to visit Yaganti. Temple Timings: 6 AM - 1 PM and 3 PM - 8 PM


Yaganti Temple Mystery - The Mysterious Growing Nandi Of Yaganti Temple


  • The Uma Maheshwara Temple at Yaganti houses the idol of Shiva & Parvathi (Ardhanareeswara) carved out of a single stone. This is probably the only place where Lord Shiva is worshipped in an idol form instead of Shiva Linga.
  • It is believed that Sage Agastya performed penance for Lord Shiva at this place and requested Shiva to appear in Ardhanareeswara form which is worshipped here. Another unique feature of the temple is Nandi statue which has been growing in the size.


  • Yaganti is located in Yerramala hills that offer immense natural beauty and unique setting to the locality. There are several natural caves in the hills around the temple which were home for several saints throughout the ages, including that of Great Telugu saint and astrologer Potuluri Veera Brahmam Garu.


Yaganti Temple Mystery - The Mysterious Growing Nandi Of Yaganti Temple


  • An amazing feature of this temple is its Pushkarini with very pure water. No one knows how the water flows into Pushkarini in all the seasons. Devotees consider that a bath in the holy Pushkarini before visiting Shiva is highly beneficial. As per legend, crows do not fly in Yaganti. When Sage Agastya was meditating here, Kakasura, king of crows disturbed him from his meditation so, he cursed the crows not to enter the premises. Thus, Shani also can't enter this place as the crow is the vehicle of Shani.


Yaganti Temple Mysterious Growing Nandi | Yaganti Basavaiah

  • According to Potuluri Veera Brahmendra Swamy, the Basavanna (stone nandi) of Yaganti will come alive and shout when Kali Yuga ends.
  • It is said that people used to do Pradakshinas (rounds) around it in the past. The temple staff has already removed one pillar as the size of the Nandi has increased. The devotees believe that the Nandi (Bullock, Lord Shiva’s) idol in front of the temple is continuously increasing its size.
  • The locals say that the idol was initially much smaller than its present size. They say that certain experimentation was carried out on this idol and it was said that the type of rock out of which the idol is carved has a growing or enlarging nature associated with it. As per Archaeological Survey of India, the rock grows at the rate of 1 inch per 20 years (10 mm per 8 years).

Pushkarini - Pushkarini - A feature of Yaganti temple , a small pond of water on the temple premises. Water flows into this Pushkarini from the bottom of hill through the mouth of a Nandi (bull). The water is fresh and sweet, as it comes from the hills. No one knows how the water reaches the pond all year round and this temple architecture in terms of its sculpture shows the skills of ancient Vishwakarma Sthapathis. Devotees find that a holy bath in Pushkarini is highly beneficial. After taking a bath in Pushkarini, they pay tributes to Lord Shiva.


Place: Yaganti, Andhra Pradesh