Yaganti – The Land of India’s Nostradamus

If you want to have a weekend trip which is a combination of a pilgrimage, adventure, geological wonders and something close to nature around Hyderabad, the drive to Yaganti would probably top the list.

About the place

Yaganti is famous for the Sri Yaganti Uma Maheswara Swamy Temple. It was constructed by the first Vijayanagara Sangama King Harihara Bukka Rayalu in the 15th century.

About the journey

It was another exciting bike trip. The best thing about bike trips is that you can stop wherever you want, take out your camera, shoot and carry on…

One of the green fields we passed en route.
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The route was scenic and we had to pass through some hills with awesome roads.
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We passed by a village where some people dressed as Rama and other mythological characters were performing from door to door. This was very common since ages. Unfortunately, television almost killed these traditions.

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A scary character, probably some Rakshasha (demon)

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Another character from the same group

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Commuting from one place to another is a big challenge for the villagers. In this particular shot you can see how a man is travelling dangerously hanging onto the auto. He is carrying his cycle on the top so that he does not have to walk for kilometers after he gets down.

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The temple and around…

The temple is located in a forest area. As we approached the temple, we found a lot of people out of nowhere.

There were shops selling heaps of vermilion.

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Cave Temples

There are several cave temples in Yaganti adjacent to the main temple. Agastya cave is believed to be the place where saint Agastya performed penance to get Lord Shiva’s blessings. Venkateswara Cave is another one. Locals believe that the Venkateshwara idol in the cave existed much before Tirupati. Veera Brahmam Cave is the place where Potuluri Veera Brahmam, who is known as India’s Nostradamus wrote some chapters of his prophecies – the Kala Gnanam.

The caves are open for worship from dusk to dawn. Though there is hardly any natural light, sufficient artificial lights are provided inside.

There were a few priests performing puja inside.

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The temple is adjacent to the cave. As we entered the sanctum, it was getting dark.

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We passed by the temple pool where the worker was cleaning the utensils in which food is offered to the gods.

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There is a burning lamp called akasha deepam (meaning sky lamp) on the top of the temple in the backdrop. It is lit up every day and it glows from dusk to dawn.

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We entered the temple.

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Growing Nandi

It’s not just a belief but a fact that the Nandi idol facing Shiva has been growing in its size over the years. This has been confirmed by the Archeological Survey of India. Science explains this as a geological phenomena. Worshipers think it to be a miracle.

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This picture clearly shows that the Nandi has outgrown its designated space.

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I was a bit disappointed that it was already dark and would have to put my camera to rest. Fortunately, there photographic opportunities were many.

Offerings to the god –

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There were many devotees singing hymns in praise of the Lord

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One of the salient features of the temple is the Pushkarani (or the temple pond) which remains full of water even during the most dry season. As a custom, people take bath in its holy waters before doing puja to Lord Shiva.

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Though we wanted to spend the night in Yaganti, there was no accommodation available. It was quite dark and the hilly roads were bad. We had to go back to Banaganapalle, the nearest town where we could spend the night. We followed a car and were able to reach safely.

The next morning we woke up early and started our long journey to return back to Hyderabad.

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Our way back…

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On the way
Alampur – Before you reach Kurnool from Hyderabad, take a 10 km detour to reach Alampur, famous for the exquisite Brahma group of temples.
Kurnool Fort – Worth a stop on the way, this is the place where Konda Reddy, a revolutionary sacrificed himself for the country.
Orvakal Rock Garden – An excellent place to take a break 110kms from and appreciate nature’s creation of igneous rocks. APTDC has a garden restaurant here.

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How to go?

By Road
Yaganti is located 340kms from Hyderabad and 70kms from Kurnool
From Hyderabad, take NH7 to Kurnool and then NH18. Take right to Banaganapalle. Yaganti is another 18kms from here.

By Rail
Nearest railhead – Panyam; there are regular trains from Secunderabad.

Where to stay – There are limited facilities to stay in Yagati. There is only one basic hotel with AC and non AC rooms – Brahmini Residency Cell: 9180011129, 9963150097. If you are going on a weekend, book your room in advance.
The best place with accommodation is Kurnool. Banaganapalle, which is the nearest town 17 kms away has basic places to stay.

Food: These are no restaurants in Yaganti, so don’t forget to carry your own food and water.

Thank you for reading this post. Hope you liked spending time here. I will be back again with another interesting place.

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15 Comments

  1. I would like to join for this trip

  2. Nice pictures. i loved the baby girl picture, offerings pic, and the pushkarini pic.I am sure all the pictures are handheld but looks absolute study pictures. great work.

  3. Hi,

    Very nyc and informative. Request you to please keep me in loop for the next trip or please let me know if there is any place where I can get that information.

    My contact details
    email: vinay.iadc@gmail.com
    Mobile: 8886799558

    • Sure Vinay!

    • yes visiting YAGANTI is special.Recently i have been there and it is an exiting and holy trip thanks for the information, indeed it needs publicity as more more and people will have opportunity to visit and get blessed by THE LORD UMAMAHESWARA

      • hi please suggest a suitable place to stay at yaganti.
        Regards
        Ashutosh Dwivedi

  4. Amazing!! Would love to join next trip of yours. Please let me know.

    Email : deepakshapur459@gmail.com

  5. Would like to know if you have any other info about mahanandi and the Bramha Temples

  6. Hi, it’s glad to see someone speaking great about my home town. I’m from kurnool, but I did my graduation near to banaganapalle. Actually there are some other places you need to visit near yaganti.
    1.Belum caves.(20-30km.approx..from Banagplle).
    2.Mahanandi.(30km. From banaganapalle)
    3.Veerabhramha swami Matham(7km. From banaganapalle).
    4.Ahobilam(90km..from kurnool).
    Those are the must and should places one should visit..
    Most of the Shiva temples are in kurnool dist..
    Once check out those..you may wonder yo see..it takes pages to describe about them…
    And..thanks.. Sourabh…for pictures.. And documentary about..them…

  7. Hi, it’s glad to see someone speaking great about my home town. I’m from kurnool, but I did my graduation near to banaganapalle. Actually there are some other places you need to visit near yaganti.
    1.Belum caves.(20-30km.approx..from Banagplle).
    2.Mahanandi.(30km. From banaganapalle)
    3.Veerabhramha swami Matham(7km. From banaganapalle).
    4.Ahobilam(90km..from kurnool).
    Those are the must and should places one should visit..
    Most of the Shiva temples are in kurnool dist..
    Once check out those..you may wonder yo see..it takes pages to describe about them…
    And..thanks.. Sourabh…for pictures.. And documentary about..them…

  8. Awesome pics master. Thanks for sharing the information.

  9. Thanks for sharing very Beautiful Clicks of Lord Uma Maheshwara

  10. Could you give us some feedback/opinion on the hotel Brahmini Residency?

    • Its basic accommodation. If you are very particular about staying in a star hotel, then you should better stay in Kurnool.

  11. Please provide your general view on the hotel Brahmini Residency.

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