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Temple Run! 10 Unique Temples You Absolutely Must Visit In Andhra Pradesh

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Andhra Pradesh tourism has undertaken a slew of projects for construction of resorts to promote spiritual tourism. HolidayIQ Travellers list down top 10 temples there you should visit.

Temple Run! 10 Unique Temples You Absolutely Must Visit In Andhra Pradesh:

  1. Sri Venkateswara Temple, Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh)
  2. Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Temple , Simhachalam (Andhra Pradesh)
  3. Kanaka Durga Temple, Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh)
  4. Satyanarayana Swamy Temple, Nellore (Andhra Pradesh)
  5. Abhaya Anjaneya Temple, Bhadrachalam (Telangana)
  6. Arasavalli, Srikakulam (Andhra Pradesh)
  7. Panchamukhi Anjaneya Swamy Temple , Mantralayam (Andhra Pradesh)
  8. Manchalamma Temple, Mantralayam (Andhra Pradesh)
  9. Srikakulam (Andhra Pradesh)
  10. Draksharamam Temple, Rajahmundry (Andhra Pradesh)

1. Venkateswara Temple, Tirumala - One Of The Richest Temples In The World

Venkateswara Temple, Tirumala - One Of The Richest Temples In The Worldsource: wikimedia.org

Dedicated to Lord Venkateswara (an incarnation of Vishnu), the Venkateshwara Temple in Tirumala  is a landmark vaishnavite temple. The Temple is constructed in Dravidian architecture and is believed to be constructed over a period of time starting from 300 AD. This is the richest temple in the world, everyday around 50,000 to 100,000 pilgrims visit the temple.

HolidayIQ Traveller Pawankalyan Gk from Kalyan shares, “It is the second largest temple in world, here travellers should come for preplanned / Special Darshan available 300 per person. Pilgrims can come here in a passage of footsteps from lower Tirupati, buses are available from lower Tirupati at Rs 45 for adults and 25 for children. I finally advise travellers to come to this place through package trip only.”

2. Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Simhachalam

Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Simhachalamsource: holidayiq.com

Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, also known as the Simhadri, is a beautiful Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Narasimha. Situated on a hilltop, the shrine is believed to be the holy abode of Varaha Narasimha Swami, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

HolidayIQ Traveller Muralitharan Venkataraman from Tiruchirapalli shares, “I had the blessing to have the darshan of Lord Narasimha on 24.12.13. It is one of the 18 Narasimha avatars. Lot of buses available from Vizag bus station. The place is indeed lovely and the sculptures are awesome. But you can't take pictures while you are inside the place.”

3. Kanaka Durga Temple, Vijayawada

Kanaka Durga Temple, Vijayawadasource: wikimedia.org

As per the Vedas, the deity of this temple is considered as 'Swayambhu' or self-manifested and thus considered very powerful. Navaratri, Saraswati puja and Theppotsavam are the main celebrations held at this temple.

HolidayIQ Traveller Srinivas Gs from Hyderabad shares, “A lovely location on the banks of River Krishna on Indrakeeladri Hill. Abode of Goddess Durga Devi and famous after Tirupati and Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh. Easy access from all means of transport - rail, road, car or local transport. Not much rush except during dussehra navratri days and a place to see.”

4. Satyanarayana Swamy Temple, Nellore

Satyanarayana Swamy Temple, Nelloresource: juridicious.com

The temple is the replica of the Sri Satyanarayana swamy Temple which is situated in Annavaram, East Godavari District. 

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5. Abhaya Anjaneya Temple, Bhadrachalam

Abhaya Anjaneya Temple, Bhadrachalamsource: bhadrachalam.telanganaonline.in

The Abhaya Anjaneya Temple is another popular temple of Bhadrachalam mostly popular for its ancient culture. This temple is dedicated to the famous disciple of Lord Rama, Hanuman. The speciality of temple’s architecture is that it gives a feeling of wood but they are actually made out of a one of its kind cement without cutting a single tree.

HolidayIQ Traveller Sambit Ghosh shares, “It's located on the top of a hill and just 5-6 km from Namchi and is a very nice place. One can see the huge statue of Guru Rinpoche and the other attraction is the Tulip Garden and the entry fee is INR 30.”

6. Sun God Temple, Arasavalli

Sun God Temple, Arasavallisource: myhinduethics.com

As per legends, an idol of Lord Surya was installed here for the welfare of mankind by Kasyapa, the famous sage. Surya is believed to belong to the Kasyapasa Gotra. The temple is believed to have been established by Lord Devendra as per the Sthala Puranam of the temple. The idol of the Sun God is installed in such a way that the rays of the rising sun fall on the feet of the idol.

HolidayIQ Traveller Pratibha Regula from Srikakulam shares, “It's a very rare temple of god Surya, large number of devotees visit this temple at the time of Rathasapthami, the sun rays directly falls on god this miracle is in this temple, on that particular day thousands of devotees visit this temple. Just 3 km nearer to Srikakulam, and its main famous all over India because of there is no such a temple in India.”

7. Panchamukhi Anjaneya Swamy Temple, Mantralayam

Panchamukhi Anjaneya Swamy Temple, Mantralayamsource: raichuronline.in

Panchamukhi Anjaneya Swamy Temple is located about 23 km away from Mantralayam, atop rocky terrain near Bichali.

HolidayIQ Traveller Gurulingam Gowd shares, “Here is where Sri Raghavendra Swamy did puja. This is very good place and also important place to visit while visiting Mantralayam.”

8. Manchalamma Temple, Mantralayam

Manchalamma Temple, Mantralayamsource: holidayiq.com

It is believed that Sri Raghavendra Teertha requested land for the ‘Brindavana’ from Manchalamma and she granted it to him. Hence, it is a custom at Mantralayam that the devotees offer prayers at the Manchalamma Temple before visiting the Samadhi Temple.

HolidayIQ Traveller Manickavasagam Thangavelu from Karur shares, “Good to see Manchalamma Temple. But Crowd is there in the morning time. We visited on saturday.”

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9. Srimukhalingam Temple, Srikakulam

Srimukhalingam Temple, Srikakulamsource: merinews.com

Sri Mukhalingam is one of the famous Hindu pilgrimage centers in Andhra Pradesh. Sri Mukhalingam was also capital of Eastern Ganga kings of Kalinga (ancient Orissa). The temple of Srimukhalingam was built by Karmanova II in 8th century AD of the Eastern Ganga dynasty. It is beautiful place located on the banks of River Vamsadhara.

HolidayIQ Traveller Mallepula from Rajgangpur shares, “Srikakulam is one of the good pilgrim place. The famous Suryanarayana Temple is located just 3km from the town 'Arasavalli'. And there is one more famous pilgrim 'Srikurmam' about 15km from this place. you feel a good sunrise just we feel like the 'God Sun' coming on a seven horse chart.”

10. Draksharamam Temple, Rajahmundry

Draksharamam Temple, Rajahmundrysource: templedarshan.in

The Draksharamam  temple has many inscriptions carved on its building, which include edicts of sculptural traditions of Chola and Chalukya dynasties.

HolidayIQ Traveller Surya Chandu from Amalapuram shares, “The temple is planned and build, one of the pancharama, it's a large temple. You can find river bay, you really enjoy it, nice place in konaseema, people are also very respectful here.”

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