Talapagiri Ranaganatha swamy Temple is located in Nellore city and is
about 5kms away from Nellore Bus stand. RanganadaSwamy
Temple in Nellore is more than 600years old. This temple is situated on
the banks of the river Pennar and is marked by a huge 29 Mts tall
Galigopuram with seven gold kalasams and its architectural splendour.
The annual Rath Yathra of the God is a much awaited ritual in Nellore.
There are seven
kalisams, which brings beauty to the temple. Every year during the month
of March-April (varies according to Hindu calendar) grand festival is
celebrated. These are called Brahmotsavam.
bank of river penna sri kashyapa Maharshi performed yagna and as a fruit
of his penance conferred upon him the gift of establishing himself as
Ranganadha Swamy at Nellore in 7th cebtury, by Pallava ruler
Sri Rajaraja Narendra. Subsequently in 13th century Sri Jatha
Varma has offered precious stones and metal to Lord Ranganadha Swamy.
The Andhra Maha Bharatam i.e. from Viratprvam to the end of the epicwas
written by the poet Sri kavi Brahma Tikkana, on the bank of pennar
river. On the east there is seven storied Maha gopuram, south Sri
Ranganayaki Lakshmi Devi) temple and beautiful mirror dias, west is
sacred Pennar river and north Sri Andal Ammavari temple.
Swamu kamakshi tai temple, Jonnawada which is located about 12 kms from
destination is also well connected for Railway station at Nellore. A
famous Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Kamakhsi tai temple is located on the bank
of river Pennar, 12 Km from Nellore. It attracts many piligirims. The
Village is part of Buchireddipalem Mandal. In tretayuga Mahamuni Kasyapa
Brahma performed yagna and pleased Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy thus this
place is named as ‘Yagnavatika Jonnawada’. Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy
Kamakhsi tai grant to the innumerable devotes their desires, as their
God head. Since then he continues conferring boons and his blessings on
his devotees. This temple is constructed in the year 1150( Tretayuga).
The goddess Kamkshi is belived as an incarnation of Shakti. A ‘Sri
Chakram’ was installed here by Sri Jagadguru Sankaracharya. Pilgrims
take a holy dip in the lake known as Kachpateertham, near the temple,
which washes away all their bad karma. Brahma Rushi Sri Kashyap Mahamuni
visited Bhoolokam (The Earth) and wanted to perform Yagna and chosen
north of vedadri as Yagna Vatika (place to perform yagna) After
successful completion of the Yagna a bright light appeared. It has
spread over the whole bhoolokam. Later Lord Eswara appeared as Lord
Mallikarjuna, who came out from fire of Yagna.
There is bus
service from Nellore to Jonnawada. For the convenienc of the pilgrims
there are choultries of the Devastanam and TTD and also private
choultries. Every year, during the celebration of Brahmstsavam in the
month of Vaisaka, lakhs of devotees throng the holy centre to worship
the goddess to attain salvation and Friday is the day very dear to
Kamakshitai. One can find persons, persecuted by evil spirits,
circumambulating in the temple precinct. A bathing ghat has been built
on the bank of the Penna, for the convenience of the pilgrims.
Lakshmimarasimha Swamy devastanam came into being nearly 500 years ago, on the summit of
Narasimhakonad. According to the rock inscriptions, this temple was
built by the Pallava king Narsimha Varma in the ninth century. Legend
goes that the sage Kasyapa established the temple on the bank of
Pinakini. And the vedic scripture “Brahmapurana” reveals that the seven
sages (Saptarishis) performed “yagnam” (Sacrifice) on the top of
Narasimhakonda. The seven (Koneru) tanks were renovated with Mandapas on
the hilltop . The holy place lies 15Km. away from Nellore, on the
southern bank of the river Pinakini. Every year “Brahmotsavams” are
celebrated here in the month of May. Jonnawada is to the north of the
is a very ancient sacred place (pilgrim centre). Lord Narasimha
manifested Himself here as a huge of rock in “Yoga mudra” (in an
entwined contemplative posture) and hence it acquired the name of
“Penusila” (huge rock) and in course of time became famous as “Penchalakona”.
Legend has it that after slaying the demon Hiranya Kasipa, Lord Narsimha
bathed in Penchalakona and withdrew that “Avatara”(incarnation) of
Narasimha, shedding His anger and ferocity. The Lord here goes by the
name of Somasila Narasimhaswamy and has become one of the Nava
Narasimhas (nine manifestations). People belive that because the sage
Kanva resided in this area in the past, the river flowing here acquired
the name Kanva Nadi and that with efflux of time it became Kandaleru. It
is also learnt that the temple was renovated in the 10th century.
Penchalkona lies at the foothills of Veligondalu (mentioned
earlier), at a distance of 80 km., from Nellore. Narasimha Jayanthi is
celebrated every year in the month of May and devotees flock specially
on Saturday. The Devestanam choultries provide facilities to the
piligrims and there is bus service too.
Alghu Malluru Krishna
Swamy temple is existing in the
Village, right from the time of Telugu Chola rulers. The village is
close-by to Sullurupet, at a distance of 103 Km. from Nellore. It was
built in the 17th century by Bangaru Yadama Nayudu, the
living place of mallayodas or wrestlers. According to a legend, it was
here that Lord Sri Krishna defeated Jambavantha in a duel and married
his daughter Jambavati and that Lord MahaVishnu deflated the bloated ego
of Garutmata here alone. Apart from the idol of Satyabhama and Jambavati,
the two consorts of Lord Krishna, the idol of Jambavantha creating the
illusion of shedding tears are bound to amaze the viewers. One cannot
help marvelling at the sculptural splendour exuded by the idols of the
Temple - Sullurupet
Parameswari manifested Herself in the village of Sullurupet which lies
100Km. away from Nellore on the Kolkata-Chennai highway and the temple
for Her was built on the bank of the Kanlangi river. History tells us
that it was established during the fourth and fifth centuries. People
also refer to her as the village goddess “Tenkali”. With the passage of
time, she is being worshipped regularly by devotees as Chengalamma.
Devotees turn up in large number to witness “Chengalamma Jatara” (fair).
Village goddess who was called Tankali gained reputation as Sullurupet
Chengalamma Thalli and her idol in the temple faces the sea. Devotees
from different parts of the State visit the place and fulfil their vows,
refering the goddess as the mother who grants boons liberally. The
naturally-formed image of the goddess adorning the hanging roots (vooda)
of the banyan tree is really an awe-inspiring spectacle.
is one of the biggest Irrigation Project in the District. The project is
envisaged to create Irrigation potential. It is constucted across River
Pennar and is situated near Somasila Village of Ananthasagaram Mandal,
Nellore District. Since it is located in eastern ghats situated at the
out skirts of the district, natural beauty is nose worthy. There is a
temple in the village called Someswara Temple blessed by the Lord Siva
on the other side of River Pennar an Ashram is situated. Tourist
Population including school children are gradually increasing owing to
its importance. It can be developed as a Very good Tourist Centre.
Kandaleru Dam which is located about 60 kms away form
destination is also well connected for State Highway
from Nellore to Kadapa via Rapur & Rajampet. It was constructed across
the Kandaleru river. This river originates in Velegonda hills and it
flows across Gudur . This being World’s Biggest Earth Dam with 68 TMC
Water Storage spread over 11 kilometre which is supplying Drinking
water to Tamilanadu is a Pictorious Spot with Hillocks and Forest
around. One Government Guest house has constructed with 4 suites,
Meeting hall and a Dnining hall with kichen for official purpose. It
attracts many pilgrims. The Dam is a part of Rapur Mandal.
Fort which is Located about 100 kms. From Nellore. Udayagiri Fort
commanding at a hight of 3079 feet. Boasts of great natural beauty. The
hill side has lush vegetation and beautiful waterfalls. The ruined fort
is attracting the Tourists in a big way. However, the acccess is only by
steps and there is no road to the Fort. During the rule of the
Gajapathis and the Vijayanagar Rulers, this Town grew to great
splendour. The ruins of 365 Temples found in the Town reflected the
sculputure and archetecture of various periods. The structure on the
hill such as the RanganathaTemple
reflects Chola culture, the Balakrishna Mandiram reflects Pallava
culture and the Paruveta Mandapam reflects Vijayanagara Culture. Other
structures include Chinna Masjid and pedda Masjid. A great
Sufi Saint belonging to the 18th Century.
Rahamathulla Nayab Rasool got absorbed in the higher selfhere. Every
year the Sandal Festival is celebreated on the 26th of
The Hill of
Udayagiri is also popularly known a Sanjeevi Hills as there are so many
medicinal plants on the hill. This place can be developed on par with
Golconda Fort of Hyderabad. It is possible to introduce attraction like
Light and Sound Show etc.,
is the second largest brakish water lagoon in India spread over the two
States of Andhra Pradesh and Tamilanadu adjacent to the Bay of Bengal.
It extends over six hundred squire kilometers in Andhra Pradesh covering
the five Mandals of Tada, Sullurupet, Doravari satram, Chittamur,
Dugarajupatnam of Nellore District.
It is a bird
watchers paradise. Water birds and other birds like Flamingoes, Painted
storks, Egrets, Grey Pelican, Grey herons, pintails, Black winged
stilts, Shovelers, Terns etc., Visit this lake . These migratory birds
visit during winter as the lake offers food and protection from
predators. The lake was notified as a Bird Sanctuary in 1976. vide G.O.U/s 18 wild life
lake is connected to the National High Way, and is only 80 Km. from
Chennai. It is also very near to the Sriharikota Atomic Missile Range (S.H.A.R).
bird sanctuary is one of the largest Pelicanary in South East Asia with more than 1500 pelicans and other birds
visiting every year. The Sanctuary is very near to the National High way
fresh water tank of Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary and the presence of good
number of “ Barringtonia Acutangula” trees which can tolerate inundation
for longer periods in the tank bed and fore shore area make this
sanctuary a heaven for a broad spectrum of Bird species for both
breeding and roosting purposes. Many winter migratory birds from
Siberian countries are visiting this sanctuary since & long time. It is
a breeding ground for some of the rare and endangered species like Grey
Pelicans, Open-billed storks, Little cormorants, Sponbills, white ibies,
Night Herons etc., A wide variety of birds, like Egrets, Tern, Ducks,
Waders etc., rest here.
an Environmental Education Centre in the Sanctuary with a Museum,
Library and Auditorium with audio Visual Equipment for screen slides,
Films etc., on wild life watch towers are also aavailable to watch the
birds at the Sanctuary.
Sri Mulasthaneswara Swamy Temple: Nellore.
Temple of Sri Mulasthaneswara Swamy was built, 1400 years ago, to the
west of Nellore. As the Lord manifested Himself under a “Nelli” tree, a
temple was built there itself. Manumasidhi rulers constructed the “Raja
Gopuram” (Royal tower of the temple). Legend goes that the poet Tikkana
Somayaji translated Mahabhratam into telugu only after making his
obeisance to the deity.
Mallam – Sri Subramanya Swamy Temple:
village lies on the Nayudupeta – Duggarajupatnam road in the Chittamuru
mandal and is 96 km away from Nellore. The temple was constructed by the
Chola rulers of the 10th and 11th Centuries. The
“Vasantala Mandapam” here is a shining example of sculpture of exllence.
The “Vasantala Mandapam” is strikingly sculpted in the form of a chariot
drawn by a pair of horses. Episodes and events from the epic of Ramayana
and Siva puranam have been sculpted splendidly on the pillars of the
Mandapam. The Veera Kallulu “ of the veera saivas are also found here.
The 64 pillars of the Vasantha Mandapam are tastefully decorated with
pictures pf creepers and tales from Ramayanam, Bharatham and Bhagavatam.
Many lovely sculptures adorn the sides and lower part of the Mandapam.
The temples of the consorts of Subramanyaswamy – Sri Valli, Her
encourage abd Devaseba lie in the inner “Prakaram” (compound wall) and
opposite the “ Dwaram” (entrance) of Subraanyaswami Idol.
Kasumuru – Masthana vali Dargah:
tomb of Syed karimulla Khadiri lies in Kasumuru village, which is
situated on the west of Venkatachalam Mandal 35 km.away from
Devotees refer to him as kasumuru Msthanayya, agreat : Fakir” supposed
to have belonged to 18th century. The ailing, the planet
harassed, and the childs, worship at the fakir’s tomb. Every year, on
the 26th day of the auspicious period of “kabbiul-aval”,
“Urusu” (fair) is celebrated with fervour. One can reach the place by
bus from Nellore.
A.S.Peta – Dargah:
is located at about 60 km. from
A.S.Peta Stand for Anuma samudram Peta. There is a big Dargah here
which is ancient and is known to be Khaja Rahamatulla Dargah. It is one
of the unique place where Hindus and Muslims blend together and stand
as an illustration of National integrity. Devoties from different parts
of the Country used to come to this place without distinction. The
ornamental work of thhe dome is worth to seen. Every year Urusu
celebrated where large number of devoties gather here for blessings.
Golagamudi: Bhagavan Sri Venkaiahswamy Mandiram
located at abovt 15 Km. from Nellore City which belongs to Venkatachalam
Mandal. One of the Sage called Venkaiah lived earlier during middle of
the 20th Century and got Mahasamadhi at this place. People
worshiped them as Venkaiah Swamy or Baghavan Venkaiah Swamy, every
Saturday there is a gathering to worship the Swamy. Similarly, during
August every year “ Aradhana” or Annual function be celebrated where
large number of devoties used to gether for the purpose of getting
blessed. Devotees are provided free catering those who visited the
Samadhi. It became one of the popular Pilgrim centre in the district.
Nellore District has 165k.m coastal line. Krishnapatnam, Ramayapatnam,
Ramatheertham, Kodur, Mypadu, Thupilapalem etc., are some of the
beaches. From out of which Krishnapatnam the port located place in the
district. It is not a new port earlier it was flurished and famed but
gradually becomes less importance due to some of factors. How ever, it
is once again expected to emerge to its crown. There are Stratagic Plans
to be develop industrial port City. Apart from this Dharmal power
Station to be established, As a result and also due to lanching of
various projects, the port city is expected to flurish in the near
future as was seen in the olden day. It is located at about 25km.
towards east form
The ruins of Prabhagiripatnam lie on the Podalakuru Mohammadapuram at a
distance of 45km. away from
Nellore. The ruins of
the temple of Lord Siva and Perumallaswamy, which belonged to 1512A.D.,
remind the tourists of their former glory and excellence. An inscription
denoting the royal gift(1512AD) of the Vijayanagara king Venkataryalu,
is gathering dust at a place close to the temple of Perumallaswamy. This
inscription enjoins that the income derived from the agricultural lands
of the neighborhood should be spent for the upkeep of the temple. The
sculptural and artistic pieces strewn around here have been recognised
as the idols of Veerabhadraswamy, and Shanmugaswamy is that six heads,
instead of being in a row are sculpted differently –there in the front
and three in the rear.
Sriharikota is an island, situated on the National Highway No.5 to
Chennai, Kolkata and a forest –like area to the east of Sullurupet in
between Pulicat Lake and Bay of Bengal. The ancient residents of this
island were Toorpu Reddis and Challa Yanadis. Who led a primitive way
of life. Their staple diet was what Nature bestowed on them – Veduru
biyyam (bamboo Manna), honey and different varieties of fruit and their
homes were nest – like huts. This is the pictuare of people who lived
there three centuries ago. In order to facilitate the construction of
SHAR, all those people of bygone time had been rehabilitated in a little
far away area and given special facilities Sulurupet area in the
district has seen great development in the last 40 years after the
advent of SHAR near by.
the stewardship of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai of the Indian Space Research
Organisation of rocket lauching space Centre was Established at
Sriharikota in 1968. The launching of a missile helps streamlining the
study of tele-communications, TV, lights and environmental
relationsships. The possibilities of a good harvest, how snowfall and
clouds disappear, the information relating to impending floods and
storms and similar natural calamiatiesm locating the mountains – the
missile provides us with fore knowledge of all these happenings and
enables us to take precautionary steps beforehand.
1. Nellore City.
a. Sri Talpagiri Ranganadha swamy temple
b. Sri Mulastaneswaraswamy temple
c. Sri Venugopalaswamy
e. Sri Rajarajeswari
f. Sri Ayyappa swamy temple
g. Sri Swarnala Tank
h. Children Park
i. Bharashid Dargah
2. Sri Mallikarjuna Kamakshi tai temple –