A Pilgrimage to Guntur
Guntur is a very ancient town. References to Guntur are found in inscriptions of 922-929 AD and 1147, 1158 AD. The region has been historically known for Buddhism. It is a major commercial and educational centre.Some of the major places of tourist interest are. 4.MANGALAGIRI is a well known Shrines of Lord Narasimha. Panakam (solution of jaggery in water) is offered to Lord. The offering is poured in to the mouth of the rock cut image of the deity.
1. SRISAILAM,the shrine of Lord Mallikharjuna picturesquely located on a flat top of Nallamala Hills, SriSailam at 90 km from Markapuram Railway Station. It is on the right bank of river Krishna in Kurnool District.
Deity Lord Mallikharjuna Swamy is one of the 12 Jyothirlingas and Goddess Bramaramba Devi is one of the 18 Mahasakthis and both are self manifested and exist from time immemorial.Speciality of this Kshethra is any body can touch the deity and perform Abhisekham and Archana irrespective of any caste and religion. Srisailam Hydel power project is located at a distance of 5 km from the temple on the bank of Krishna river.
2.MAHANANDI ,is a beautiful temple town close to Nandyala at the foothill of Nallamala forest ranges. The ancient temple here dates back to over 1500 years
3.AMARAVATHI ,About 30 km from Guntur, on the banks of River Krishna, stands the ancient
There is a holy tank of sixty square feet near the temple. Inlet and outlet of the tank are so arranged that water is constantly kept at 5 feet depth for comfortable bathing. Source of water to this is not traceable even now. Water in this tank is pure and crystalline.
Here one can see 2000 year old Stupa with its intricately carved pillars and marble surfaced dome which is richly carved. During the time of Acharya Nargarjuna, the Buddist philosopher, Amaravathi was a renowned seat of learning where a Buddhist University flourished
Budhist Centre Amaravathi, the former capital of Sathavahans. Here is famous ancient Amaralingeshwara Temple that houses the Swayam Bhu Linga of Lord Shiva, which is one of the famous Saiva Pancha Aramas.
It is believed that exactly half the panakam is regurgitated by the image. Interestingly, despite the liberal use of jaggery, there are no ants or flies in the temple premises.
5.KOTAPPAKONDA, the temple abode of Trikoteswara Swamy is 13 km South West of Narasaraopet Railway Station. The name is derived from Trikota Parvatham i.e., 3 peaked hills nearby. The 3 peaks are named after Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara
6.Uppalapadu located 10 km from Guntur, is a bird sanctuary, home to 60 species of migratory birds. The number of birds touches 20,000 during the peak season – between September and February. Some of the attractive species include spotted Pelican, painted Stork, white ibis, horn and cormorant. Migratory birds like Rosy Pastor travel hundreds of kilometers to come to this place. The unique aspect of this place is that the birds can be spotted here throughout the year.
7. NAGARJUNA SAGARis a massive irrigation project on River Krishna about 30 km from Macherla station. This was a valley in the Nallamala range of Eastern Ghats. Today this is a home
for the world’s tallest masonry dam that irrigates over 10 lac acres of land. It was during building of this dam, that ruins of ancient Buddisht Civilisations were excavated here. Some of the unearthed relics have been preserved on a picturesque island called Nagarjuna Konda located in the center of a manmade lake.