Nalgonda ( Andhra Pradesh , South India)


Neelagri or Blue Hill,as Nalgonda was known in the hoary legends, this is a holy land trodden by Sri Rama and Sita. Existing forts, monuments and temples have survived the ravages of time and vandalism and even to this day proclaim Nalgonda's glorious history and architectural splendour. There are a few places of interest in this region.

Kolenupak: 22 kms from Hyderabad, Kolenupak is an ancient centre of Jain faith having one of the important Jain temples. Formerly, it was the capital town of the Chalukyas of Kalyani. The 2000 year old Jain temple is a venerated spot by the community. The tall idol of Mahaveera Tirthankara is carved in jade and the entire complex is embellished with exquisite idols of other Jain Tirthankaras. Other Hindu temples at this place are dedicated to Veera Narayana, Someshwara and Lakshmi. All of them have excellent sculpture and exhibit beautiful architecture.

Pangal: Situated 100 kms from Hyderabad, Pangal has the distinction of having one of the most compact and magnificent sculptures in ancient art and architecture. There are two temples known as Pachala Someshwra and Chayala Someshwara. Both temples have wonderful specimens of sculptural idols on the pillars and outside walls. Pangal was the capital of the Kakatiyas for a long time when the Brahminical sculpture reached a very high water mark. Pangal fortress on the adjoining hill is another important place for excursion and picnic.

Yadugirigutta: Located 69 kms from Hyderabad, Yadugirigutta is a prosperous pilgrim town having the famous NarasimhaSwamy temple on a hillock which has become a very popular place of worship. The idol of Jwala Narasimha as he is called, is located inside a natural cave deep inside a huge boulder. Lord Vishnu manifests here as Gandaberunda, Yogananda and Jwala. There is a sacred pond on the hill whose water is said to contain curative properties. The popular belief is that incurable diseases are cured by a bath in this sacred Pushkarini .The deity here is considered as the Divine Doctor. A number of choultries and rest houses have sprung up on the top of the hill as well as at the bottom village. Yadagirigutta is considered as next to holy Tirupati. A motorable road has been laid from the bottom to the top and a continuous stream of pilgrims visit the shrine. City bus service from Hyderabad operates to this place every half an hour.

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