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SHIVA TEMPLES IN ANDHRA PRADESH

Vijayanagar - Pamapatti Aalayam  

Surutpalli - Pallikonda Sivaperuman Aalayam  

The Vijayanagara empire is deservedly famous for its building of Aalayas and propagation of theism.

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Rarity casts a spell and keeps the listeners and spectators spellbound. One such rarity is found in the holy temple at Surutupalli near Nagalapuram on the main road to Madras.

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Tirupathi - Kapilathirtha Sivalayam 

Alampur - Papanaseswara Aalayam

This lone cave Siva temple lying at the foot of Seven Hills near Alipiri - the extreme north end of Tirupathi town has a great spiritual significance.

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It is a unique thirtha kshetra, although renowned for enshrining Navabrahmas in the nine Aalayas built in the North Indian style....

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Vijayawada- Malleswaraswamy Aalayam

Talakona - Sivaalayam

In this holy pilgrim centre, as famous as Triputi, there are many Sivaalayas, in addition to the most ancient Malleswaraswamy Aalayam, lying just opposite Kanakadurga Aalayam on the Indrakiladri Parvatha...

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Although situated amidst a thick forest, infested with wild animals, like cheetahs, jackals, tigers etc.,.....

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Kailasakona - Eswaraalayam

Madanapalli - Sivaalayam

This is an ancient valley shrine blessed with abundant picnic potential and devotional appeal....

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The ancient little holy temple enshrining a big Sivalinga lying on the western bank of river Bahuda is drawing a steady stream of devotees regularly.

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Yaganti - Agastheswara Aalayam

Ravivalasa - Endala Mallikarjunaswamy Aalayam

Found amidst the Nature's colorful beauty, this Uma Maheswaraswamy Aalayam enshrines a self-manifested Sivalinga of great spiritual reputation.

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Strange to hear that a famous Sivaalaya is without top, without entrance, and the big linga enshrined in it has no doors at all too.

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Simhachalam - Lingakaravarahanarasimha Swamy Aalayam

Rajahmundry - Umamaheswara Swamy Aalayam

This ancient temple of Varahanarasimhaswamy that established an immortal name by etching its august legend on the pages of history was only Sivaalaya in the beginning.

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It is the principal Sivaalaya of the town, reputed as the selfsame place, where the great sage Markandeya had installed the Sivalinga for relieving mankind.

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Palivela - Koppulingeswaraswamy Aalayam

Kotipalli - Someswara Swamy Aalayam

This reputed Sivaalaya owes its existence to the sage Agasthya. The Sivalinga has an exotic legend.

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The Siva kshetra is connected with many Puranic personages and their ardent devotion.

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Panchadharla - Dharma Lingeswara Aalayam 

Dwaraka Tirumala Mallikarjuna Aalayam

This ancient Aalaya built at the foot of hills has a long legend.

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This holy kshetra has imprinted its indelible name on the pages of history as a famous Hariharakshetra of eternal fascination, for enshrining both Siva and Vishnu Aalayas.

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Lepakshi - Virabhadreswara Swamy Aalayam

Ayinavolu - Mailardeva Aalayam

This historic august kshetra, possessing a majestic Nandi, the biggest of its kind in India,.....

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This Aalaya goes by another name of Mallikarjunaswamy Aalayam.

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Achanta - Ramalingeswara Swamy Aalayam

Umamaheswaram - Umamaheswara Aalayam

This kshetra was called Marthandapuram in the past.

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This is called the northern portal of Srisailam, and the premier Saiva kshetra enshrining one of the twelve jyotirlingas according to the priest.

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Kadali - Kapoteswaraalayam

Kudali - Sangameswara Aalayam

The local belief current in this parts is, that a certain great sage worshipped the Sivalinga here in the form of Kapota - dove.

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The famous Aalaya is at the confluence of Tungabhadra and Krishna rivers.

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Komaravelu - Mallikarjunaalayam

Kolanupaka- Visweswaraalayam 

The special feature of this Sivaalaya lies in Lord Siva's revealing in His Chaturbhuja form,

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This renowned kshetra is recorded in the sthalapuranas as Bimbavathipura, Somasekharapura, Vyakhyanagara etc.

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Mukteeswaram - Muktirameswara Aalayam

Mogili - Mogilieeswara Alayam

This is an ancient Aalaya with an exalted legend. The Sthalapurana embodies the account that Sri Rama installed the Sivalinga here, when he traveled back to Ayodhya after Ravana samhara.

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This is a reputed Saiva kshetra, where the Sivalinga according to. local version was found amidst mogili flowers in the dim past.

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Ramaghattalu - Sivaalayam 

Warangal - The Thousand Pillared Aalayam

This is one of the Aalayas built by Sri Rama on his way to Ayodhya after Ravana's death.

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This famous Aalaya has carved out an unenviable place in the Aalaya history of Bharat, and is one of the nine famous Aalayas of Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh.

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Vemulavada - Srirajarajeswara Aalayam  

Mahanandi - Mahanandiswara Alayam

Vemulavada was the capital of Chalukyas, and being religious to the core, they 'built several Aalayas both in and out of the capital.

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This reputed Saiva kshetra claims several special features and enjoys a steady influx of devotees throughout the year.

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Manthini - Goutameswara Alayam

Mandapaka - Someswara Aalayam

This little town of Manthini was a famous Saiva kshetra in the past, and called Mantrapuram then.

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This holy Saiva kshetra went by the name of Mandavya kshetra due to Mandavya maharshi's penance and his obtaining Daiva Sakshatkar.

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Bikkavolu - Gowlingeswara Alayam

Polasa - Poulasteeswara Aalayam

The little town was once the capital of Chalukya Gunaga Vijayaditya and was well-known by his honorific title of Birudanka Bhima.

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The modern Polasa town was called Poulasteeswarapuram in the past.

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Penukonda - Sivaalayam 

Pushpagiri - Santana Malleswaraswamy Aalayam

This was the second capital to the Vijayanagara kings and was called as Ghanagiri or Ghanadri.

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This Pushpagiri was and is the renowned Advaitha Mata Pita in Andhra Pradesh, occupying a covetable place both in legends and history.

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Palampet - Ramalingeswara Swamy Aalayam

Pamidi - Bhogeswara Aalayam

The world renowned Ramappa Aalaya is dedicated to Ramalingeswaraswamy, but not to Sri Rama, as the name Ramappa Aalaya goes.

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This Aalaya was first built by Lord Parasuram at the foot of the hill called Simhagiri and installed the icons of Gouri and Shankar along with Kesavaswami.

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Pattisam - Veerabhadreswara Swamy Aalayam

Nidudavolu - Golingeswara Swamy Aalayam 

This is one of the Panchamahasiva kshetras of our Punya Bharat attracting Saivites throughout the year; the others being Kedarnath, Kasi, Srisailam and Kalahasti.

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This place was called Niravadyapuram after the title Niravadya of the Prince Vijayaditya of the Western Chalukyas.

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Tondavada - Agasteeswaraalayam

Kondapaka - Sivaalayam

This sacred shrine lies at the confluence of three rivers Swarnamukhi, Bhima and Kalyani. As the Sivalinga was installed by Agasthya Mahamuni, it is called Agastheeswara linga.

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This place claims two Aalayas - one for Siva and another for Sri Rama.

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Tadikalapudi- Gangeswaraalayam

Chejerla - Kapoteeswara Aalayam

It is an ancient Aalaya with a fascinating tale. It was originally built by Bhishma, the redoubtable Kuru Pitamaha of unparalleled valour and eminence.

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This kshetra has a long legend, and great history.

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Ghantasala - Jaldheeswara Aalayam

Gudimallam - Parasurameswara Aalayam 

It is here Lord Siva is abiding with Parvathi on a raised dias and is called Jaladheeswaraswamy.

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Say - Sivaalayam, there flashes them across your mind a Sivalinga, the object of adoration.

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Duvva - Nageswara Aalayam

Yogimallavaram - Parasareeswara Aalayam

This place is associated with the famous Maharshi Durvas and was called Durvasapuram in the past.

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It is an ancient temple said to have been built by Chola kings.

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Tadipatri - Bugga Ramalingeswara Swamy Aalayam

Gudlur - Nilakanteswara Swamy Aalayam 

Lying on the bank of Pinakini river, this ancient Sivaalayam has many uniques to its credit.

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This sacred Siva kshetra has given birth to Errana, one of the great poets, who translated Visa's Mahabharata into Telugu.

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Khammam - Guntimalleswara Swamy Aalayam

Jonnawada - Mallikarjuna Swamy Aalayam

To the east of this district head quarters town, there lies an ancient Siva temple called Gunti Malleswaraswamy Aalayam.

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This ancient temple is lying on the very sacred place, where Tikkanna, a great Telugu poet performed yagna before commencing the translation of Vyasa's Mahabharata from Sanskrit.

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Devunigumpa - Someswaraswamy Aalayam 

Muttayikota - Siddheswara Swamy Aalayam

This Saiva kshetra came into prominence even during Dwaparayuga, due to the fact of building of the temple and installation of the archamurti by Balarama, the immortal brother of Lord Sri Krishna.

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This sacred kshetra has a strange origin. And it acquired great reputation of coming into existence due to the bidding of Aakasavani.

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Hemavathi - Doddeswara Swamy Aalayam

Nandikandi - Ramlingeswara Aalayam

The village Hemavathy has the unique honour of having four famous Sivaalayas built and patronised by Pallavas, and the sculptural adornments made by Nolamba artists of great fame.

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The Ramalingeswara Aalayam built by Kalyani Chalukyas, has certain unique features that set it apart from the rest of Sivaalayas.

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Nizamabad - Nilakanteswara Swamy Aalayam

Ryali - Umakamandaleswara Aalayam

This district head quarters town of the same name possesses many holy temples dedicated to several gods, like Venkateswara, Ranganatha, Hanuma and Rama, besides Siva.....

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Ryali etched its sacred name on the pages of legends for reasons more than one.

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Chebrolu - Nageswara Swamy Aalayam

Sangam Jagarlamudi - Sangameswara Swamy Temple

Famous for possessing one of the very few Aalayas for Brahma, this little town boasts of a holy Sivaalaya enshrining a Sivalinga, going by the name of Nageswaralinga.

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Though regarded as one of the hundred and eight divya Tirupathi kshetras for having a temple for Lord Venkateswara, this holy town possesses a holy Siva temple called Sangameswara Aalayam.

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Srikakulam - Ekaratri Mallikarjuna Aalayam

Chadipirala - Agastheeswara Aalayam

Though Srikakulam flashes across our minds the splendid image of Swayamvyakta Andhra Mahavishnu, and narrates many sports of Srikakuleswara, it also houses an ancient Sivaalaya.

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This small town located in the Kamalapuram Mandalam of Cuddapah district of Andhra Pradesh houses an ancient Sivaalayam of great significance.

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Viduraswartha - Eswara Aalayam

Gopalapuram - Malleswara Aalayam  

This ancient village shrine renowned for Tree worship - Aswartha Vriksha puja enshrines in its vast campus many adorable gods, like Anjaneya, Maheswara, particularly Nagadevathas in several sizes and shapes.

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The Srisailam project of Andhra Pradesh, in addition to conferring a much-sought after boon on the agriculturists, has added another dazzling diamond to the crown of Andhra Mata by transferring some groups of temples from their original sites to safer and grander spots.

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Bekkam - Bekkeswara Aalayam

Meenambaram - Parusa Vedeeswara Aalayam

This small village lying on the bank of river Krishna, housing the Bekkeswaralayam has a long legend.

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The antiquity of this kshetra dates back to Tretayuga and it is quite fascinating too.

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Kaudur - Ramalingeswara Aalayam

Kaluvakolanu - Nandi Koteeswara Aalayam

This historic Saivakshetra is surrounded by seven hillocks, housing one god or the other atop, and they were patronised and endowed liberally by Cholas.

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This kshetra was sanctified by three holy lingas installed in three separate shrines by a devout feudatory Lord called Jayalakshmipati.

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Tallapaka - Sri Siddeswara Swamy Aalayam

Kanipakam - Manikanteswara Aalayam

Tallapaka has the unique honour producing a great Vaggeyakara - Annamayya, whose lyrical output and its glory raised the fame of that little village to the intercontinental level.

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As far back as in the eleventh century, this holy Kanipakam enjoyed ample royal patronage to the building of a great temple for Lord Siva.

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Kaleswaram- Mukteeswaralayam

Pedakakani - Sivaalayam

Of the three Saiva kshetras forming the boundaries of the Trilingadesa that blessed its people with rich Telugu language, Kaleswaram is one, the others being Draksharamam and Sri Kalahasti.

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The little village of Pedakakani lying midway between Vijayawada and Guntur, the most advanced Premier cities of Andhra Pradesh, enshrines an ancient Sivaalaya of great spiritual eminence.

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Mangalagiri-Bhramaramba Malleswaraalayam

Chittoor - Sivaalayam

The very name, 'Mangalagiri' conjures up an awesome picture of Lord Narasimha and His fantastic craze for panakam-jaggery beverage, which He swallows gallons after gallons every day.

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The district of Chittoor, one of the premier districts of Rayalaseema, an integral part of the state of Andhra Pradesh claims a unique honour for its special features, numbering more than one.

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Kuppam - Old Sivaalayam

Guntur - Sivaalayam 

This little but enchanting town of Chittoor district, lying on the borders of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka has a fragrant story that is captivating the hearts of the affluent gay elite in far off continents like Europe, and America too.

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The culturally advanced and commercially thriving town of Guntur enjoyed a pre-eminent place in the history of Andhra Pradesh, and its coastal region.

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Proddutur - Sivaalayam

Pithapuram - Kukkuteswara Swamy Aalayam 

Proddutur, one of the highly advanced and most flourishing towns in the district of Cuddapah of Andhra Pradesh, boasts of two grand Siva temples of great antiquity.

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Pithapuram has the singular fortune of enshrining a Saktipitha., besides the famous Kukkuteswara Aalaya of immense spiritual significance and the legendary Padagaya tank.

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