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Pilgrim Centres in Andhra Pradesh

Birla Mandir, Hyderabad
Overlooking the Tank Bund, the Birla Mandir presents an arresting sight when illuminated in the evening. This magnificent structure built entirely out of marble from Rajasthan, stands atop the Kala Pahad, the twin hillock of the Naubat Pahad. Built by Birla Foundation over a span of ten years, the main temple is dedicated to Lord Venkatehwara.

It combines the architectural styles of the Southern and Northern Indian temples. The intricately carved gopurams (tower) at the base are in typical South Indian style, while the smooth sikhara (dome) at the top is in the North Indian Rajasthani style. The temple has beautiful marble carvings and some of them illustrating verses from the Ramayana. The inner shrine of the temple is a replica of the Venkateswara temple at Tirupati.

The Birla Mandir presents a colourful spectacular sight when illuminated at night. A trip to Hyderabad remains incomplete without a visit to the enchanting Birla Mandir.
Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad
A hundred yards southwest of the Charminar is the Mecca Masjid, so named because the bricks were brought from Mecca to build the central arch. The Qutb Shahis never finished the building of the mosque, which was completed by Aurangzeb in 1694. Mecca Masjid is poetry in stone, with a hall measuring 67m and soaring to a height of 54m. Fifteen graceful arches - five to each of the three sides, support the roof. Towards the southern end of the mosque lie the marble graves of Nizam Ali Khan and the families of Asaf Jahi dynasty.
Mukteshwara Swamy Temple, Kaleshwaram
The ancient temple dedicated to Mukteshwara Swamy is of special significcance as two Sivalingas are found on a single pedestal.

This picturesque spot Kaleswaram lies in the interior of thick forest at the confluence of the river Godavari and its tributary Pranahita. This place can be reached by bus from Karimnagar via Manthani or from Warangal via Parkal.

Kaleswaram in Karimnagar district is situated at a distance of 16 kms from Mahadevapur, 65 kms. from Manthani, 110 kms from Warangal and 130 kms from Karimnagar. Kaleswaram is well connected by Road and there are frequent buses and Private Transport from Mahadevapur and Manthani.
Anumasamudram Peta (Rahamatabad), Nellore

Located 60 Kms from Nellore , The site of an ancient mosque, where an annual urnus of Khaja Rahamthullah attracts pilgrims from all over the state

Road : 447 kms from Hyderabad and 130 kms from Tirupati. It is well connected by Road.
Rail :
Nellore Station.
Air : Tirupati and Hyderabad Airport.

Dichpalli Temple, Nizamabad
Just off the Hyderabad - Nizambad highway Dichpalli temple is located 15 Kms from Nizambad Town. Picturesquely located on a hillock , this beautiful temple of Rama is built of white and black basalt stone. An architrave at the foot of the hillock welcomes the visitors. The exquisite carvings on temple walls, ceiling and door frames display excellent craftsmanship of the 17th Century A.D. To the South of the Temple is an extensive tank amidst which nestles a pillared mandapam . The scenic locale adds to the beauty of the temple.

Road : Nizamabad is well connected by road with Karimnagar, Adilabad, Warangal, Nanded (Maharashtra) and Hyderabad city. 163 kms.
Rail : 163 km from Hyderabad. Nizamabad railway station is on the Kachiguda - Manmad line of the south central railway.
Air : 163 km from Hyderabad.
Neelakanteshwara Temple, Nizamabad
Significance: Sun's Rays Fall On The Siva Lingam on the Rathasaptami Day

Constructed by the Rastrakutas and improved by Kakatiyasa, the structure resembles the North Indian Style of Architecture. The festival of Rathasapthami is annually celebrated on a grand scale in this temple.

Annual Festival is celebrated for two days during January-February. Special prayers are offered on these days. About 30,000 devotees attend this festival.

Road : Nizamabad is well connected by road with Karimnagar, Adilabad, Warangal, Nanded (Maharashtra) and Hyderabad city. 163 kms.
Rail : 163 km from Hyderabad. Nizamabad railway station is on the Kachiguda - Manmad line of the south central railway. Air : 163 km from Hyderaba
Air : 163 km from Hyderabad
Prasanthinilayam, Puttaparti
Prasanthinilayam, the abode of peace at Puttaparthi is famous worldwide as the home of Sri Satya Sai Baba. More »
Sri Agastheswara Swamy Temple, Tirupati
This temple has an inscription engraved on its wall. It is dated in the 31st year of Kulothunga Chola, but this is not a foundation inscription. More »
Swami Pushkarini, Tirupati
Many of the pilgrims have a dip in the tank adjacent to the temple at Tirumala, before having a darshan of Lord Venkateswara. The tank is considered sacred. According to legend, it was originally for the sport of Vishnu and was brought down to earth by Garuda for Lord Venkateswara.

Road : Tirupati is located 547kms from Hyderabad. It is well connected by Road.
Rail : Tirupati is located 547kms from Hyderabad. It is well connected by Rail.
Air : Tirupati,Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore Airports.
The Govindarajaswami Temple, Tirupati
This Temple is the main attraction for pilgrims at Tirupati and the biggest in town. The earliest of the records belong to the year 1235 AD. The Guruparampara accounts of the Vaishnavas ascribe the foundation of the shrine to Ramanuja
Peculiar features of the temple
There are two shrines and not one, as usual, in the centre of the innermost enclosure. These two shrines are enclosed by an outer wall. The shrine to the South is that of Krishna, popularly known as Parthasarathi, while the shrine to the North is that of Govindaraja. The Krishna shrine is presently closed for worship. The earliest record found on the innermost gopura belongs to the fifteenth year of the Yadavaraya chief, Viranarasingadeva of 1224 AD.
How to Reach
Govindaraja Swami Temple in Tirupati is situated at a distance of 1 km from Tirupati railway station and 2 km from Tirupati Bus Station.
Tiruchanur, Tirupati
Tiruchanur is of great importance in the history of Tirupathi region, particularly for the evolution of religious activity therein. This region came under the influence of Vaishnavism as early as the Eight Century. There was an important Vaishnava settlement at Tiruchanur by the beginning of the Ninth Century. Though Tirumala and Sri Venkateshwara were known by this time, the hill continued to be inaccessible and could not attract many pilgrims. The Vaishnavas at Tiruchanur established a Tirumantrasalai and carried on proselytising activity. They also constructed a Tiruvilankoil and set up in it an image of Sri Venkateshwara as a representative of the original God of the vedangam hill.
Tiruchanur being situated in a plain country, this proxy temple of Sri Venkateshwara attracted large numbers of Pilgrims who came here to pay their homage to the Lord. The Cholas conquered Tondamandalam in which the Tirupati-Tiruchanur area was situated by the end of the ninth century. They were patrons of Shaivism and Shaiva influence reached this erstwhile Vaishnava stronghold of Tiruchanur. A Lord Shiva temple, named after Parasareswara, was constructed in the western part of the village (in the present hamlet Jogi-Mallavaram) and it soon grew popular.
The decline of Chola power about the middle of the thirteenth century led to the rise of many local chieftains to independence. Tiruchanur is important for five temples, four of which exist even to this day. These are the Tiruvilankoil, the Krishna temple, The Parasareswara Temple, the Varadaraja temple and the temple of Padmavathi.
Kapilatirtham, Tirupati
It is believed that one who takes bath in Kapilatirtham and starts the journey will not face any problems in reaching the temple. This was the ashram of Kapila maharshi. Goddess Lakshmi Devi was in this Ashram when she came to earth from Vaikuntam.
Kodandarama swamy Temple, Tirupati
One of the inscriptions in the temple says that Sri Venkateshwara Swamy is incarnation of Sri Rama, and Padmavathi whom he married was at the time of Ramavatara a woman named Vedavati, who was substituted for the real Sita at the time of Ravana's abduction. It is believed that Narasimharaya Mudiliyar started the temple construction.
The pilasters found on the walls of the garbhagriha and antarala have Vijayanagara capitals. There is a projecting cornice above the wall with its outer surface decorated with Simhalalata gables and its surface cut into compartments by vertical and horizontal rafters. The Vimana is of the ekatala type containing the series ? kuta, panjara, sala, panjara and kuta. Above this tala, there is a phalaka containing lions in the Four Corners. The sikhara is round and contains vertical ribbon cuttings and belongs to the vesara order. There is a single metal kalasa above the sikhara.
Lord Venkateswara Temple, Tirupati
The temple of Balaji at Tirumala Hills is famous world over and millions of pilgrims from across the globe visit the temple annually. The temple, which finds mention in ancient texts, was patronized by the Pallavas, Pandyas, Cholas, the Vijayanagar rulers and the Maharaja of Mysore.
The main temple is an excellent example of South Indian temple architecture. The vimana over the sanctum sanctorum as also the Dhwajasthambam (flag post) are gold plated.
The idol of Lord Venkateswara itself is divine to behold and pilgrims are blessed with a sense of complete bliss and satisfaction the moment they glimpse the idol during the 'darshan'.
Akasa Ganga, Tirupati
About three km north of the main temple is apere stream that is said to flow from the feet of the deity. Akasa Ganga, as it is called, is considered sacred. The water from here is used for the rituals in the temple.
Goddess Alamelumanga Temple, Tirupati
Being in a temple town at the foothills of the world famous Balaji shrine at Tirumala, one is bound to visit such temples as the Alamelumanga temple at Tiruchanur, four km from Tirupati. The temple to the consort of Lord Venkateswara is here and . people visiting the Tirumala hills make it a point to visit Alamelumanga too. The town lies on the bank of the River Swarnamukhi.
Hare Rama Hare Krishna Mandir Tirupati
In Hare Rama Hare Krishna temple every morning Pooja is conducted at 6:00 a.m, their religious and moral preaching takes place followed by Bhajans of Shri Krishna, his life and Bhagavad-Gita. Recitation takes place throughout the day.
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy (Simhachalam), Visakhapatnam
One of the most exquisitely sculpted shrines of Andhra Pradesh, Simhachalam temple is situated 16 km from Vizag among thickly wooded hills. This temple was built by the Eastern Gangas in 13th Century A.D. The beautifully-carved l6-pillared Natya mantapa and the 96-pillared Kalyana mantapa bear testimony to the architectural brilliance of the temple. The image of the presiding deity, Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy, is covered in a thick layer of sandalwood paste. The real shape of the deity can be viewed only during Chandanayatra Festival (March - April).
Road : Visakhapatnam is 650 km from Hyderabad and 350 km from Vijayawada. Regular bus services are available to Hyderabad, \Tijayawada, Bhubaneswar, Chennai and Tirupati.
Rail : Visakhapatnam is a major junction on the commercially important ChennaiKolkata rail line. As such the city is well connected by rail with New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad. Daily express trains are available to all these four maj or cities.
Air : Connected with Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi and Bhubaneshwar. Indian Airlines flies daily to Hyderabad and five times a week to Chennai, New. Delhi and Kolkata.
St. Mary's Church (Gunadala), Vijayawada
A church and a museum of valuable articles offered by the devotees and sacred relics of the past are present. An iron cross is erected atop the hill

An annual feast is held every year to commemorate the appearance of Mother Mary at Lourdes on February 11th 1858.
Raod : Vijayawada is located 275 Kms from Hyderabad. It is well connected by Road.
Rail : Vijayawada Railwaystation.
Air : Hyderabad Airport.
Hazrat Bal Mosque, Vijayawada
A holy relic of the Prophet Mohammed is kept here and displayed once a year. A large number of Muslim population join the celebrations.
An annual feast is held every year to commemorate the appearance of Mother Mary at Lourdes on February 11th 1858.

Raod : Vijayawada is located 275 Kms from Hyderabad. It is well connected by Road.
Rail : Vijayawada Railwaystation.
Air : Hyderabad Airport.
Kanaka Durga Temple, Vijayawada
This temple was constructed for Goddess Durga by Arjuna. This famous temple is on a hill connected by steps and a ghat road. Inscriptions of different dynasties are found in the temple.The festival of Dussera for Goddess Durga is celebrated here colourfully every year. A large number of pilgrims attend the celebrations and take a holy dip in the river Krishna.
Festivals celebrated
Sivarathri, Dasara & Vasantotsavam
Raod : Vijayawada is located 275 Kms from Hyderabad. It is well connected by Road.
Rail : Vijayawada Railwaystation.
Air : Hyderabad Airport.
Bhadrakali Temple, Warangal
Set on a hilltop between Hanumakonda and Warangal, the Bhadrakali temple is noted for its stone image of the Goddess Kali. She is depicted with eight arms and carries a weapon in each hand. Bhadrakali Cheruvu is adjacent to this temple.

Road : Warangal is easily accessible by road from Hyderabad and Vijayawada. Regular bus services connect Warangal with Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati and Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh.
Rail : Warangal and the adjoining kazipet fall on the Chennai - New Delhi Grand Truk route. Hence, train services are available to Warangal from all the major cities of India.
Air : The nearest airport is Hyderabad, which is 130 Kms away. Hyderabad is well connected by air with all the major cities of India.

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