Yaganti Temple is located at a distance of 80km from Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are many stories which narrate the process and construction of the temple.
Yaganti Temple Legend :
The sage Agastya wanted to build a temple for Lord Venkateswara on this site. However, the statue that was made could not be installed as the toe nail of the idol got broken. The sage was upset over this and performed a penance for Shiva. When Shiva appeared, he said the place suits Shiva better as it resembles Kailash. Agastya then requested Shiva to give the devotees a Parvathi Goddess as Lord Uma Maheswara in a single stone, which Shiva obliged.
Another legend about this Yaganti is as follows – Chitteppa, a devotee of Shiva, was worshiping Shiva and Shiva appeared to him as a tiger. Chitteppa understood that it was Lord Shiva in tiger form, and shouted Neganti Shivanu ne kanti (meaning: I saw Shiva I saw), and danced with joy. There is a cave called Chitteppa nearby. Every year Maha Shivaratri is celebrated and a large number of devotees from all over Andhra Pradesh visit Yaganti during this time. Shiva, Parvati and Nandi are the main deities in this temple. This temple is 14 km away from Banaganipalli in kurnool district.
It is believed that the saint Veera Bramhendra swamy stayed here for some time and wrote Kalagnanam.
Yaganti Temple Timings:
- Morning : 6 AM – 1 PM
- Evening : 3 PM – 8 PM
Yaganti Temple Darshan is free of Cost.
How To Reach Yaganti Temple:
- By Road: Buses will be available from Hyderabad, Kurnool, Nandyal.
- By Train: Nandyal is the nearest railway station to Yaganti. The next nearest stations are at Dhone and Kurnool which is a well connected railway station.
- By Air: Kurnool is the nearest airport. Next nearest airports are Hyderabad and Tirupati.