Lepakshi Temple Location : Hindupur, near Ananthpur district – Anbdra pradesh.
Built by the monarchs of the Vijayanagar empire in the 16th century, Lepakshi is located near hindupur on the borders of Karnataka and Andra Pradesh. Dedicated to Sri Veerabhadra, Lepakshi carrys a mythological history of Rama visiting the place during his period of exile.
Sri Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple, Vontimitta Location : 25 Kms from cuddapah Andra Pradesh.
The architecturally splendid vontimitta is described has one of the grandest pagodas in the country by a French traveler in the 16th century. This temple dedicated to Sri Kodanda Ramaswamy was built sometime between 9th and 12th century by the cholas. This is said to have blessed with the visits of Great Rama, with wife Sita and brother Laksmana.
Sri Sowmyanatha Temple Location : 13 kms from Vontimitta, on cadapah madras Highway
An archeologically Significant Nandalur is yet another creation by the Cholas, marking their mastery over temple architecture. With the Buddhist past, Nandlur is dedicated to lord Sowmyanatha another aspect of Vishnu. It is the only of the two temples in Andrapradesh , to have the privilege of the state government to offer pearls during annual Kalyanotsavam
Sri Potaluri Veera Brahmam Temple Location : 60 Kms from Cuddapah on Cuddapah-porumamilla route – Andrapradesh
Is the Samadhi of Sri Potaluri VeeraBrahmam a prophet, who is equivalent to Nostradamus. The Mattam is highlighted with the idols of Sri Brahmaguru and his wife, the silver casket having the original manuscript of Kalagnanam and outside the mattam there are the tombs of his Wife, son and daughter – in – law.
Sri Prahalada Varadan Temple, Ahobilam Location : 85 Kms North of Cuddapah
Also known as Singavel Kundram, Ahobilam is one of the 108 divya desams. Its known as an extension of the seven hills of Venkateshwara. It has a mythological history, which says it was here that Lord Narasimha blessed prahalada after killing his demon father Hiranya kashyapa.
Sri Mahanandiswara swamy Temple Location : 16 Kms from Nandyal in Kurnool District in Andra Pradesh
Located in the gorge of ravishing thimmapuram’s beauty, Mahanandi is said to be the place where Nandi’s prayers were answered by Lord Shiva. Known as nava nandi’s with nine nandi temples, it was built by Chalukyas in the 7th century dedicated to Sri Mahanandiswara swamy.
Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, Srisailam Location : North east to Kurnool district – Andra Pradesh
One of the most popular shaivaite shrines in the country , Srisailam is also one of the 12 Jyotir lingas. Its history dates back to 40,000 years based on the archeological evidence of stone tools. This place has a mythological history of demon king hiranyakashyapa doing penance. This temple has architectural contribution from chalukyas of kalyani in 12 th century and vijayanagar empire.
Nava Bramha Temples, Alampur Location : 16 Kms from Nandyal in Kurnool District in Andra Pradesh
Famously known as NavaBramha temples, Alampur dates back to 6th and 7th Centuries. Piligrims will get to witness the inscriptions from the period of Sri Krishna devaraya, idols of Goddess Jogulamba & Sri Renuka and all nine temples built on the banks of Tungabhadra and many more . This is yet another great architectural contribution from the Chalukyas of Badami.
Tirupathi – Tiruchanoor Location : Tirupati – Andra Pradesh.
Trip to Tirupati is never complete with out a visit to Tiruchanoor. Also known as Alamelu Mangapuram, the present structure of Tiruchanoor was built by Yadavarayas in the 13th century. Devotees will get to witness, Goddess Padmavathy sitting gracefully on the lotus with a Lotus in each of her upper hands.
TirumalaLocation : Tirupati – Andra Pradesh
Most visited religious centre on the planet, Tirumala-Tirupati has even overtaken the Vatican city in terms of number of visits. Known as the richest hindu temple, Tirumala attracts close to 50,000 devotees across the country on normal days and on festive occasions the number could rise beyond 100,000. Lying on the peak of 7th hill is the tirumala is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara and the Tirupati is the town below.
Thousand Pillar TempleLocation : Warangal, 150 Kms From Hyderabad.
A star shaped temple with three shrines dedicated to lord Vishnu,Surya and Shiva, the thousand pillar temple is built on Hanumakonda it has a monolithic Nandi and is surrounded by small lingam shrines. Detailed sculpture and richly carved pillars are the main highlights of this temple.
Gunupudi Someswara Temple
A rare view of Goddess Annapurna on Shiva temple in the country, the Gunupudi Someswara temple was built in the 3rd century. Another Highlight of the temple is the Shivalinga which is said to assume brown color on no moon day and white on full moon day.
Suryanarayana Temple, ArasavalliLocation : Sri Kakulam - Andra Pradesh
Constructed in the 7th century by the Kalinga rulers, the Suryanarayana Temple is the only temple , where the Sun God who is described as Pratyaksha Narayana is worshipped daily. Its believed that , people can get cured from eye and skin diseases.
Raja Rajeswara Temple, KarimnagarLocation : Karim Nagar
Dedicated to lord shiva the Raja Rajeswara Temple was built by, one of the great chalukya rulers Narasimha. Specially known as Banaras of south India, this temple has a mythological history of Shva residing here in Vemulawada.
Nagalapuram TempleLocation : Nagalapuram – Andraprdesh.
This temple is specially known as Mathsya avatara sthalam as one can see the lord in Mathsya Avatar (first of the ten avatars of lord Vishnu). This temple was built by Shri Krishnadevaraya and named this town as Nagalpuram dedicating it to his mother Nagamba. The main highlights of this temple is the Surya pooja happening annually during Brahmotsavam.
Bhadrachalam TempleLocation : Bhadrachalam – Andrapradesh
Situated in the hill , surrounded by holy river Godavari, the Bahdrachalam temple is dedicatd to Lord Rama and attracts piligrims from all over the world. This shrine is of the Ramayana era and the mythology says that it was here where Rama, Sita and Lakshmana spent theire vanavasa.
A massive lotus shaped structure, the Parnasala temple looks glorious and wonderful with twelve upward facing petals and nine downward facing and that will make 21 petals. Approximately one hundred and twenty five thousand man days spent for the construction of this shrine and not even a single has been stoped so far. This great place is eventually expected to become main center of piligrimage for people all over the world.
Built in the Dravidian style and with the richness of lord Satyadeva, the Annavaram temple takes the second place after Tirupathi, and is surrounded by holy Pampa river which is touching the feet of the hill. Another uniqueness if this temple is that it attracts piligrims of both Vishnava and Saiva Hindu religion.
Sri Kariya Maikyaswami TempleLocation : Chttor District - Andrapradesh
A modest tower of three tiers , the nagari templ eis pretty smalland is mainatained by the TTD.The mythology says that this is the place where lord Vishnu saved his devotee Gajendra from crocodile.
Narayanavanam – Sir Padmavathi sametha kalyana Venkateshwara Swamy TempleLocation : Narayanavanam 11 kms from Nagari – Andra Pradesh
Capitals of ancient Suryavanshi kings, narayanavanam has the mythological history of lord Venkateshwara swamy getting married to Padmavathy at this divine place. Piligrims will get to witness many articles used for the divine wedding like huge vessels , which act as a testimony to this mostr important wedding in the hindu dom.
Dwaraka Thirumala Sri Venkateshwara Swamy Devasthanam : Location : Dwaraka Tirumala - Andrpradesh
The temple situated in Dwaraka Tirumala is specially known a Chinna Tirupati. This has been an alternative to tirupati for the people of coastal side of Andrapradesh. This temple dates back to the Krita yuga where one sage named dwaraka was instructed by Lord Venkateshwara to install his idol here,
Vijayawada – Goddess Kanaka DurgammaLocation : Vijayawada - Andrapradesh
A second to Tirupathi in terms of popularity in Andrapradesh. It hold a record for attracting thousands of piligrims across the country during Navrathri. The glittering ornaments and flowers ador the four-foot- idol. Piligrims will get to see the sanctum covered with gold plates and other shrines dedicatd to lord Ganesha, Nataraja, Subramanya and many others.
Rajamundry – Uma Markandeshwara TempleLocation : Rajamundry – Andrapradesh
Patronized by Raja Raja Narendra and other eastern chalukyan rulers, the Lingam in this temple , was once worshipped by Markandeya one of the great devotees lord Shiva. Hence this temple has been dedicated to the great devotee , who lived only for 11 years.
Sri Jaganmohini Kesava Swamyvari TempleLocation : Ryali – Andrapradesh
Situated in the lush green fields of Ryali, this temple has the mythological history of gods and demons coming together to churn the Amrit and the Gods succeeding in winning the amrit from the demons. Piligrims get to see the stone black idol depicting Vishnu and the idol of Mohini at the back.
Sri Kumararama Bheemeshwara TempleLocation : Samalkot , on Vijayawada-Howrah railway mainline. – Andrapradesh
Being one of the 5 pancharam temples in the Andraparadesh , the temple was built by chalukyas in 892. The visiting devotees will get to see the 4.24 metre Lingam and this temple is designated as national heritage site.
Bhimeshwara Swamy TempleLocation : Draksharama – Andrapradesh
Dating back to the 9th and 10th century , the lingam in this temple pierces through the roof to the first floor.The uniqueness of this temple is that the first rays of the sun falls on the lingam. This temple is also one of the 18 shakti peetas in the country.
KotipalliLocation : Koitapalli – Andrapradesh
Known to be one of the most visited piligrimages in the eastern part of Godavari District, this temple is famous for having both Vishnu and Shiva shrines under one roof. Kotipalli is again reputed for its holy waters being brought by the sage Gowtami.
Sri Siddhi Vinayaka Swamy TempleLocation : Ainavilli, Konaseema area – Andrapradesh
Vedavyasa, who wrote the great Epic Mahabhartatha installed the Ganesh Idol here and this temple also has the mythological history of Daksha worshipping this idol before his ill-fated yagna. Devotees get to witness other shrines here dedicated to Annapurna Devi, Sri Kalabhairava swamy and many others.
Mukuteshwaram Shiva TempleLocation : Mukteswaram – Andrpradesh
Surrounded by river Gautami, Godavri is also not too far form this temple. The greatness of this temple is that the Lingam is said to have been installed by Sri Rama. ‘Mukti’ is what is assured at this temple.
Sri Bala Balaji TempleLocation : Appanapalli , 35 Kms from Amalapuram – Andrapradesh
Specially known as Tirupathi of konaseema, the Sri Bala Balaji temple is surrounded by river Godavari from all 3 sides. This temple was built by Sri Molleti Ramaswamy has history of great sage Appanna who did penance here, so is the name Appanapalli.
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy TempleLocation : Antaravedi, East Godavari district - Andrapradesh
The idol of lord Narasimha was installed here by a sage called Vashishta and temple comes under one of the 108 sacred shrines of Narasimha. Devotees will get to witness newly painted vimanams and gopurams entirely different from rest of the temples in Andrapradesh.
Ksheera Ramalingeshwara Swamy TempleLocation : Palakkolu , Andrapradesh.
Dedicated to lord Shiva, this temple is one of the pancharama temples in Andrapradesh. This temple dates back to 918 built y Bhima of Chalukyas and rest of the development was taken care by various other dynasties which came later on.
Gunupudi Someswara Janardahana Swamy TempleLocation : Bhimavaram , Andrapradesh.
A pancharama shrine , it was built in the 9th century, by Chalukyas Bhima 1. Devotees will get to see Goddess Annapuranas shrine built on Shiva’s, which is unusual compared to other temples in India.
Sri Kakuleshwara Swami TempleLocation : Srikakulam – Andrapradesh.
Speciallly known as Andhra Maha Vishnu, since Srikakulam was once capital of Andra according ancient history. This temple is 57th among Vaishnava Diveyadesams. The Sri Kakuleshwara swamy is a great figure with 7.2 feet.