Sri Uma Maheswara Swamy

Temple History

Yaganti in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh is famous for Sri Yagantiswamy Temple (also called Uma Maheshwara Temple) dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The temple dates back to 5th and 6th centuries with contributions from Pallavas, Cholas, Chalukyas and Vijayanagara rulers. The temple received significant contribution from Vijayanagara Kings Harihara & Bukka Rayalu, who finished the construction of several structures in and around the temple. The Uma Maheshwara Temple at Yaganti houses the idol of Shiva & Parvathi (Ardhanareeswara) carved out of a single stone. This is probably the only place where Lord Shiva is worshiped in an idol form instead of Shiva Linga. It is believed that Sage Agastya performed penance for Lord Shiva at this place and requested Shiva to appear in Ardhanareeswara form which is worshiped here. Another unique feature of the temple is Nandi statue which has been growing in the size. An amazing feature of this temple is its Pushkarini with very pure water. No one knows how the water flows into Pushkarini in all the seasons. Devotees consider that a bath in the holy Pushkarini before visiting Shiva is highly beneficial. It is also a belief that people performed Pradakshinas, rounds around the idol of Nandi years ago. One of the pillars of the temple has been removed due to the increasing size of the idol. Following sage Agastya, Potuluti Veera Brahman, the 17th century A.D. prophet also measured the Nostradamus prediction of India. He resided in Yaganti for quite a period of time and Yaganti Temple caves are also remarkable about the place. As per the Potuluri Veera Brahman, the Basavanna which is the idol of Nandi will come alive and bellow when Kaliyuga ends. There are three caves near the temple. Agastya Cave, Sri Venkateswara Cave and Sri Potuluri Veera Brahman Cave.

Legend says that when saint Agastya was performing penance towards Lord Shiva at Yaganti, crows around the temple disturbed his penance. Irritated by crows, the sage Agastya cursed the crows that it cannot enter the place. And even today, we cannot find crows in the temple premises of Sri Uma Maheswara temple.
Yaganti Uma Maheswara Temple Akasha Deepam: The temple priest used to lit lamp using 4 litres of oil and 2-meter thick wick on an everyday basis. This was done in the evening on a ledge behind Veerabhadra Swamy Temple. The lamp burns from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm in an open air on the top of the hill.


Additional Information

Nityannadanam is organised here by the temple board. Private accommodation is also available for those who want to stay here(Yaganti). Devotees can also stay at Nandyal.
The best time to visit Yaganti is from October to March while the Peak Season is from February to March.

Yaganti temple is connected with the cities like Nandyal(47 km), Kurnool (84 Km), and Hyderabad (311 Km). Frequent bus services are organized by APSRTC to the temple. Nandyal Railway Station is just 47 km from the temple and connected to major cities like Secunderabad and Kurnool. Banaganapalli Railways station is 14.4 km from here. The nearest airport to Sri Uma Maheswara Temple is Rajiv Gandhi International airport, Hyderabad which is about 297km from the temple.
  • morning 6.00 AM to 1.00 PM & evening 3.00 PM to 8.00 PM.
  • Contact Person: Temple Office
  • Contact Number: 094403 10038, 094403 34003