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TEMPLES IN ANDHRA PRADESH



* Jul 2021
Tirumalai Tirupathi - Some beliefs
It is believed & accepted that all flowers that bloom in Tirupati is for the Lord's worship & hence there is a practice that no women adorn their hair with flowers while in Tirumala. There is a habit of giving the flowers used to worship the Lord to devotees as prasadam in all temples. But in Tirupati, there are no idols or images of any God other than Srinivasa. So all the flowers are offered to him in the name of other Gods too. Hence these flowers are not the prasada of Lord Srinivasa alone & hence are not offered to devotees as his prasadam. Ramanujar created the habit of placing these flowers in a well (Poonginaru - Poo - flower; Kinaru - well) near the sannadhi.

The flowers for the Thomaala (Thol Maalai) & Poolaangi (Poovaadai) sevais are formed into garlands at a place called Yamunaathurai. It is located near the spot where the ladoos are prepared. A devotee of the Lord Yamunachaariyaar (also known as Aalavandaar) used to collect flowers, make beautiful garlands & offer them to the Lord. The king Anantharaayan was impressed with his devotion. Seeing him suffer in an old hut, he created a mandapam for him. To date, garlands are being made in this mandapam.


* Jul 2021
Nava Nandis at Nandyal, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh
- Prathama Nandi is situated upon a high soil base very nearer to Nandyal railway station.
- Naga Nandi is inside Anjaneya temple, which is located very near the Nandyal bus stand.
- Soma Nandi is towards east of Nandyal (almost inside Nandyal town), very near the upcoming Jagajanani temple
- Surya Nandi is located on the road to Mahanandi.
- Shiva Nandi: Approximately 13 km away from Nandyal on the road to Mahanandi, near Thimmavaram village.
- Vishnu (Krishna) Nandi is located on the road to Mahanandi, 2 miles before Mahanandi
- Garuda Nandi is located just before the Mahanandi Temple after crossing the Big Nandi Statue.
- Mahanandi Temple with natural springs (pushkarini)
- Vinayaka Nandi is situated towards northwest of Mahanandi Temple. It is a small temple located to left of the exit Gopuram.