Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Gandi Kshetram – Veeranjaneya Swamy Temple

The scenic beauty of the water flowing through the mountain region makes the historic temple a nice recreation centre for the people

Hanuman's Gandi Kshetra

On The bank of river pampagni, the range of Palakonda makes a small valley with Marellamadaka village as entrance. Marellamadaka is a little village situated at the entrance of the gorge through which the Papagni pierces the Palakonda rage of hills.

The valley like place is popularly known as 'Gandi', meaning a narrow valley with a running river in Telugu. The river Papagni wends it's through the Palakonda hills which are about 200 feet in height and emerges in the plains of Cuddapah region. In Gandi kshetra the river Papagni enters north-east from between hills and flows from south towards north.

Sri Ramakrishna Anandha Swamy of Boomanandha Ashram had given the name Gandi kshetram to this place.

Sri Anjaneya at Gandi Kshetra

On the right bank is the temple of Veera Anjaneya situated in serine atmosphere presenting a picturesque scene. The legend of how the temple of Lord Anjaneya had come to being here is very interesting.

During the Ramayana period Sri Vayudeva was on mediation here. Sri Rama had passed through this place while going southwards in search of Sri Sitadevi. While Sri Vayudeva wanted Sri Rama to stay here as his host, Sri Rama had told that he will accept his hospitality on his way back to Ayodhya from Lanka.

On hearing of Sri Rama's victory over Ravana in Lanka, Sri Vayudeva had prepared this place to welcome him and flung a wreath (festoon) of golden flowers across the ravine through which the conqueror should pass on his way northwards to Ayodhya.

Sri Rama's drawing

At the earnest request of Sri Vayudeva, Sri Rama halted here with his troops. Sri Anjaneya had then gone northwards for informing Sri Bharatha about return of Sri Rama. Sri Rama thinking about Sri Anjaneya, before leaving this palace had impressed the mark of figure of Sri Anjaneya with his arrow on a rock. Before he could complete the figure Sri Rama had left for Ayodhya. The figure of Lord Anjaneya is complete in all respect except the little finger of lord's left hand.

Incomplete figure of Sri Anjaneya and Sri Vyasaraja Sri Veera Anjaneya Swamy, Gandi, Cuddapah Dist, Andhra

The figure of Sri Anjaneya drawn in a thin line by Sri Ram was sculptured by Sri Vyasaraja. The blooming figure of the Lord as we see today is the contribution by Sri Vyasaraja, as a blessing from Sri Rama himself. An interesting thing happened during the time when Sri Vyasaraja had sculptured the figure. As a true Hanumath devotee Sri Vyasaraja wanted the figure of Sri Anjaneya complete and had sculptured the little finger of left hand also. To the astonishment of the great saint the little finger broke and blood started oozing. The great Hanumath devotee then understood the true intention of Sri Rama Bakth, and left the figure as drawn by Sri Rama. On a sacred and auspicious day 22.04.1447, Sri Anjaneya was consecrated by Sri Vyasaraja in this kshetra.

Sir Thomas Manro and Gandi Kshetra

The golden flowers arranged in the thoranam form by Sri Vayudeva for welcoming the victories Sri Rama are true and could be visible between the two hills. Even in this Kaliyuga it was visible for those who had faith on Lord. It is believed that those who had done their karma during this janma in full and truly are blessed to see the golden thoranam during their last days. It is also believed that for those who had the dharshan of this golden festoon are free from rebirth.

It is in record that Sir Thomas Manro the District Collector of Cuddapah was one of the blessed to have seen the golden festoon (Bangaru thoranam) during his last visit to "Gandi". It has been recorded in the Madras District Gazetter Cuddaph District Vol I - Chapter I - Page 3 and Chapter XV - Page 217 dated 01.10.1914.

Temple of Sri Anjaneya at Gandi Kshetra

Swami Vasanthaacharyalu, follower of Sri Madwa cult had constructed the temple for Lord Sri Anjaneya in this kshetra and brought the glory of the Lord of kshetra to the lime light. An odorant devotee of Lord Anjaneya he later came to be known as Udgavi Gandi Acharya. As a mark of respect for this saint an idol of the Acharya was installed by the Cuddapah Madwa Sangam in the temple on the right-side of the main hall. Even today the Prasadam offered to Sri Anjaneya is next taken to Swami Vasanthacharyalu and offered before distribution to the public.

Lord Anjaneya of Gandi Kshetra

The Lord of this kshetra is seen a thejasvi as bright as raising sun. His pingaksham - eyes are bright and radiating. He is holding lotus in one hand and with the other He gives abhaya sign - do not fear - to His devotees. Lord here is seen as a figure who will guide His devotee with valor, nirbhaya and hence victory. In every inch of the Lord one could see and feel the valor.

Location of the Temple

The temple is located in Andhra Pradesh, Cuddapah (kadapa) Dist, Chakrayapetta mandal, Veerannagattupalle village. Place is popularly known as Gandi kshetram and is about seven kilo meters from Vempalle village in Rayachote Road. Buses are available from Rayachote and also Vempalle.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

VONTIMITTA Sri Kodandarama Swamy temple.

Moolavirat of Temple in Sri Kodandarama Swamy temple is Single Stone carved SITA RAMA LAKSHMANA Statue which is a marvelous  Moorthy(Statue). The Temple architecture is feast to Eyes.   Vontimitta is in Kadapa district, Andhra Pradesh, India.which is located about 25 kilometers from the city of Kadapa and close to the town of Rajampet.
Vontimitta is located on the Highway between Hyderabad and Tirupati. Vontimitta is 117 Kms from Tirupathi , on the Hyderabad Route..Piligrims passing through this road i.e., Hyderabad to Tirupathi, Maharastra to Tirupati, North Karnataka to Tirupathi make it a point to visit this temple at ontimitta and derive great sense of happiness with the blessings of Sri Kodandaramaswamy, and enjoy the architecture of temple.
 It is a place of historical and cultural importance and is home to a 450 year old temple of Bhagawan Sree Rama known as the Sri Kodandarama Swamy temple.
 According to the legend, the temple had been constructed by two devotees (once they where burglars and they are transformed in to devotees) of Lord Rama, named 'Vontudu' and 'Mittudu', in one single day. After constructing the temple, they sacrificed their lives and turned into statues. You can find those statues, even now, at the entrance of the temple. Lord Rama statue was established by Lord Jambavanta. And it is the only place in India,where the Sree Seeta Rama kalyanam will be held in the night.
The great devotee of Sri Rama and composer Annamacharya is associated with this legendary temple and lived in Tallapaka located nearby. The temple is also associated with Jambuvantha of the Ramayana. The temple is noted for its sculpture and is notified as an Ancient Monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. The composite image in the garbhagriha of the temple is that of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita is  carved from a single rock. An Anjaneya or Hanuman temple is located close by.
Kishkindakanda, one of the 7 skandas of the Ramayana, is believed to have occurred in this region. The Anjaneya Swamy Gandi may also be part of the Ramayanam; it is believed that the Anjaneya Swamy Vigraham in Gandi is made by Sri Rama on a hill stone with his arrow's point to acknowledge Anjaneya's help him in finding Sri Sita Devi.
The main mandapam, built by the Vijayanagar kings, has a dancing Vigneswara. Saint-poet Tallapaka Annamacharya is said to have visited the place and sung in praise of the deity in his keerthanas. All the Sankaracharyas of the Advaita Mutts, heads of Ahobila Mutts and Mahakavi Kshetrayya have visited the temple, which was recently taken over by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD). The Sri Kodandarama temple at Vontimitta is said to be the only Rama temple in the country without Anjaneya beside the main deity.
The idol of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita is said to have been installed by Jambuvantha. The walls and pillars of the temple are embellished with intricate carvings. Near the temple is a Rama theertham, a Lakshmana theertham and a meditation hall. It is said that Rama and Lakshmana struck the earth with arrows to bring out the Pathalaganga to quench the thirst of living creatures.
Mahakavi Bammera Pothana born and belong to bammera village of warangal district in telangana region spent his some short time at Vontimitta and dedicated his Mahabhagavatham to the deity. Vavilakolanu Subba Rao, known as Andhra Valmiki for translating Valmiki’s Ramayana into Telugu, is immortalised in the annals of Andhra Pradesh. He has dedicated his work to the deity in Vontimitta.
Tallapaka, six kilometres from Rajampet town, is the birthplace of Annamacharya who wrote 32,000 keerthanas in praise of Venkateswara. The place has Chennakesava and Siddheswara temples, a Srichakra, an idol of Eka Tatayya, an ardent disciple of Parasurama, and the Annamayya Dhyana Mandir.
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One can stay at Kadapa and visit this place, the other places to visit in Kadapa Town include Devunikadapa, Ameer Peer Dargha which is 400 years oldlocated 3kms from Bus Stand . .   
 

Saturday, 20 September 2014

History of Devuni kadapa Temple

History of  Devuni kadapa Temple

Devuni Kadapa is additionally called Tirumala TholiGadapa. Sri Lakshmi Venkateswara Swamy Devasthanam. The place Kadapa is called once the word Gadapa that is originated from the word “Devuni Gadapa” means that “Entrance for The Lord Venkateswara Swamy”. The Idol of the Lord Venkateswara has been established by Kripacharya, thence the traditional name of Devuni kadapa is additionally mentioned in puranas as “Kripavathi Kshetram”. Pilgrims WHO are on the point of visit Lord Venkateswara `this is because 1st they need to hope Annamacharya and potuluri veerabramhendra swamy. This temple is extremely far-famed in kadapa district, people from numerous places visit this temple, and this temple is mostly crowded on Saturdays.

Another feature of this temple is its individuality of lord venkateswara options AN idol of lord anjaneya in its reverse. Devuni kadapa is made in vijayanagara kind of architecture; This temple has spectacular sculpture and design of dance lord Ganapathi at mukha mandapam.

This temple is simply 7km  from kadpa railway station, 4.5km away from kadapa town bus terminal. This temple has kasi balli which individuals believe that if there’s any dosham (ill effects) due to balli (lizard) those doshams shall be clean by touching the kasi balli on the roof of temple.

This  Temple additionally has padmavati ammavaru, that usually pilgrims visit once visiting lord venkateswara. Prasadams like laddu and pulihora are offered here at Temple. The Temple also has the ability of tonsure, a custom in Hindu faith to induce head clean-shaven.

The place wherever Devuni kadapa is settled now’s additionally called patha kadapa (old kadapa). Utsavas and each puja would be done as same in tirumala. Pilgrims from numerous countries and states in India who would like to go to Venkateswara swamy temple in Tirupathi will shall visit devuni kadapa temple, generally, Devuni kadapa temple is extremely crowded  at the time of Utsavas. Devuni Kadapa is an archaeological treasure.

DEVUNIKADAPA-Sri Lakshmi Venkateswara Swamy Temple

Devunikadapa a place in Kadapa city, far-famed for the Devuni kadapa temple of Sri Laxmi Venkateshwara swamy. It’s traditionally called the entry to the temple of Venkateshwara, the presiding god of Tirumala. Additionally referred to as as Devuni Gadapa , it derives its name from Gadapa , a Telugu word, which suggests Threshold or entry or doorstep . Such is that the importance of this Devuni kadapa temple, from the past days it absolutely was believed that each pilgrim who visits the temple of Sri Venkateshwara  swamy at Tirumala, ought to visit this temple on their thanks to Tirumala only then it’s believed that their visit to Tirumala is complete.
Sri Laxmi Venkateshwara swamy Temple stands as an excellent example of Vijayanagar design. The terrible sight of the temple, with nice sculptures and carvings adorning it, takes you back to the Vijayanagar area. there’s a sculpture of dance Vigneswara (Lord Ganesha), a master piece of these times, within the Mukha Mandapam (main hall). Sri Laxmi Venkateshwara temple is popularly called Hanumath Kshetram as there’s Associate in Nursing idol of Anjaneya (Lord Hanuman) behind that of Lord Venkateshwara in the sanctum sanctorum. it’s believed that Sage Kripacharya had put in the idol of the presiding immortal.
It is same that Tallapaka Annamacharya visited this Temple and every one the Sankaracharya of the Advaita mutt, heads of Ahobilam mutt and Mahakavi Kshetrayya additionally visited this place. Recently, this Devuni kadapa temple has been undertaken by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam.
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Thursday, 18 September 2014

AMEEN PEER DARGAH

AMEEN PEER DARGAH - KADAPA
AMEEN PEER DARGAH (Asthana-e-Magdoom Ilahi Dargah complex) (Badi Dargah, Pedda Dargah) in Kadapa Andhra pradesh (Cuddapah) is an example of the communal harmony preached by great saints and sages in ancient days. Come Thursday and Friday, scores of pilgrims cutting across religious faiths, throng the the 300-year-old shrine seeking blessings of saints Peerullah Hussaini and Arifullah Hussaini II who lie buried here.
Followers of the dargah believe that any wish that one makes at the shrine is always fulfilled. A large number of Hindus, Muslims and people of different faiths are disciples of the shrine. The family’s descendants identify themselves with a saffron dresss and the disciples wear a saffron cap.
Khwaja Peerullah Hussaini (popularly known as Peerullah Malik), a devout Muslim born in Bidar (Karnataka), founded the Aasthana, in 16th century. Peerullah Malik was a linage to Prophet Mohammed. He visited mausoleums of all Sufi saints of India, as also that of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti at Ajmer, where he received instructions to move to the kadapa region. On the way, he stopped on the banks of Pennar River (near Chennur). Nawab Nek Naam Khan, the then Nawab of Sidhout Taluk also presented himself to the Sufi and paid his respects. Following the instructions of the saint, the Nawab named the town as Nek Naam Abaad, which later became Cuddapah, over a period of time. The saint devoted his life to spread the message of peace, love and communal harmony.
Legend has it that once some people demanded that they would trust him only if he could show them a miracle. The Sufi accepted their challenge. The earth opened for him and he descended into it alive, thereby attaining Jeeva Samadhi (1716 AD)here on the 10th day of Muharram month (first month of Muslim calendar). Three days later, people saw him performing prayers in the same place. After his death, Nawab Abdul Hameed Khan Mayana got his mausoleum built. Just to the east of the mosque, Peerullah’s tomb is found in a closed room with two entrances, one each in the western and southern walls. Flocks of pigeon descend on the tomb complex and are fed by the pilgrims. Peerullah’s Urs is celebrated on the 10th day of Muharram every year.
Khwaja Peerullah had two sons. One of them died childless. The other son Arifullah Hussani-I attained higher levels of mysticism and spirituality. His son Ameenullah Hussaini-I, had three sons: Shah Peerullah Hussaini, Yadullah Hussaini-I, and Arifullah Hussaini-II.
Arifullah Hussaini II was a devout Sufi and he immersed himself in the love of God. Legend has it that he once paid a visit to his grandfather’s tomb at Bidar. The gateman asked for his credentials and refused to open the door for him. The saint called (Ya Jaddi, O’ father) loudly. Then a voice from the tomb (Marhaba Ya Waladi, Come, my son) welcomed him. The door automatically opened for him. Arifullah II spent some time there, and then shifted to the mausoleum of Ameenuddin Aala at Bijapur. He went to Ahmedabad and Ajmer, where he received instructions for going to Tadipatri (Anantapur District). He spent 40 years in deep meditation and prayers in the caves and forests of Tadipatri. It is also believed that a python used to stay guard outside his cave. He came to the forests of Gandi in Cuddapah district and spent his time in prayers till he turned 63. Besides being a saint of high order, he was also a great scholar, and an eminent poet.
There is a wide hall aligned along the east west axis containing a number of tombs. The highest tomb among them belongs to him, whose Urs is celebrated in Jamadi’ul Awwal (5th lunar month) of Muslim calendar. It is the biggest Urs of South India. The entire mausoleum complex is popularly known as Aasthana-e-Maqdoom’ullahi.
This Urs brings millions of pilgrims to Kadapa from every nook and corner of the country, from as far as Delhi, Agra, Ajmer, Chennai, Bangalore, Calcutta, Jammu, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Bhopal, and so on. The main festivities start with the sandal paste ceremony. It is taken out in the night and Fateha is offered at the tomb of the saint. The sandal paste is treated as Tabarruk (prasada) and is distributed to the devotees. The main Urs ceremony is held on the second day. Fakirs and devotees present Chadar at the tomb of the saint. Qawwali programme is held on both nights. A national-level Mushaira (poetry programme) is held on the third night which continues upto early morning. Masjid-e-Azam is an impressive mosque with Persian inscriptions. It dates back to A.D. 1691 and was built during the reign of Aurangazeb.
Disciples of Hazrath Amin Peer saab and Shah Meer saab school of thoughts.. exist all over Rayalseema and Coastal districts and carry out welfare activities on a large scale. When ever there was an outbreak of cholera in Kadapa town , residents use to consider Ali Murad saab as their savior and special prayers were conducted at his shrine; even todate (on a lesser extent though) this practice continues. Hazrath Rafeeq Shah Vali Saab is said to be a saviour of people suffering from mental illness and evil spirits.
The shrine is one of the most peaceful and serene spots in Kadapa, free from distracting noises. One should pay a visit to this shrine to savour the magic of silence, if not for anything else!

Ameen Peer Dargah is located  4 Kms From Kadapa Bus stand and 6 km from Kadapa Railway Station.. It is old and famous Dargah. Cine Stars like Amitabh Bhachhan, and family, AR Rehaman,, Sridevi, Boney Kapoor. allari Naresh , Politicians, Cricketers frequent this place.Peoples' problems are solved on  visiting and pleading with Baba in Darga and return to thank .

The location of Kadapa On Hyderabad to Tirupati Road and Rail Route, connected by Air, Well connected by Road make the place more accessable.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

PLACES OF INTEREST-1- GANDIKONDA FORT


GANDIKONDA FORT

            Situated on the banks of river Pennar, Gandikota derives its name from two Telugu words  "Gandi" meaning gorge and, "kota" meaning fort.  Also known as 'George fort',  it is a stone fort built upon a hill.  Guarded by a huge entrance gate that's 20 feet high and 101 bastions each over 40 feet high, it still remains a very imposing structure. Believed to have been built during the later half of the 13th century A.D.,  Gandikota impressed the French traveler Tavernier, so much that he opined that it resembles Hampi Vijayanagara in its massive monuments.

         Within the fort, there are many interesting places of worth seing.  The Ranganatha and Madhavaswamy temples, built during the 15th -16th centuries, are adorned with sculptures and are in an architectural style reminiscent of the Vijayanagara period.  The Juma Masjid, covering a huge area stands next to a large granary, used to stockpile food during the time of a siege.  An impressive 'Pigeon Tower' and a palace with plastered decorations are also interesting structures.

        From the top of the fort, you can have a breathtakingly panoramic view of the surrounding forests and valleys.  Nearby, is the picturesque Mylavaram Dam which is a popular picnic spot because of the sparkling waters, lush trees and cool breeze, which make you want to stretch out and relax.

How to reach : It is located 77 Kms from Cuddapah and 15 Kms from Jammalamadugu.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gandikota