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MOKSHAGUNDAMMokshagundam is a small village in Andhra Pradesh, Situated in the Giddalur Taluk of Prakasam Dist. Nestled between two small hillocks, Mokshagundam lies 12 miles away from the Giddalur Railway Station and foisted of its own mini canyon and also its own water falls.
Why this Quaint surrounding name, Mokshagundam there is a small interesting behind this name in this village here are five little ponds, and also a small temple dedicated to lord Mokshagundam. This temple is Shiva believed to have been built around 1770 A.D.

MOKSHAGUNDAM1It was widely believed that if one bathed in these five ponds (called “Gundalu in Telugu) one can achieve the ultimate salvation of moksha.
Hence the name Mokshagundam.Mokshagundam was a settlement of a few brahmin families of the Mulkanadu street. Some of these families moved over to the kolar dist. of the erstwhile Mysore state in the eighteenth century. Vidweswaraya belonged to one such family.
MOKSHAGUNDAM2Mokshagundam is not a large village but is mentioned here as the seat of native astrologers who calculate the native Panchangams (Calendars) in this part of the country. About a mile to the east of Village there is a Shiva temple on a small hill called Muktaswaram, where the annual festival is attended two or three thousand people.
Moksha – salvation and gundam = pool, or of salvation the village takes its name from a sacred pool near it bathing in which is believed to procure salvation to the bathers.


Sri Ramalingswara and Bheemalingeswara temples are situated at Satyavolu Village, 7 Kms. away from Giddalur Town, A.P. It was established by King Janamejaya. The son-in-law of Pandavas and the temple was built by Chalukya’s. The sculpture of Mahanandiswara temple, Alampur temple and Ramalingeswara and Bheemalingeswara temple at Satyavolu are built with the Chalukya style of art. Thousands of people used to visit the temple during the Maha Shivarathri Festival and offer Abhishekams and Prayers to Lord Shiva.


Sri Bhairaveswara temple was situated at Papulaveedu. 5 Kms away from Burujupalli Village, Giddalur Mandal, A.P. Samantha King Rayadeva of Manumasiddhi emperor built Bhairaveswara temple in 1214 A.D. as per scriptures. Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy, the foremost freedom fighter, ruled the Kothakota port before 1857 Sepoy mutiny. He renovated the Bhairaveswara temple. There are several statues of Gods like Bharaiveswara, Bharani, Sarvamangala and Veerabhadra. Every year during the time of Maha Shivarathri festival, Kartika and Maghamasams, people used to visit Bhairaveswara swamy offering prayers and Abhishekams to achieve their desires and to wash their sins.


NEMALIGUNDLASri Ranganayaka Swamy temple is situated in the Nallamala Forest, which is 6 Kms. away towards west to J.P. Cheruvu, Racherla Mandal, Giddalur Taluka, Prakasam Dt., A.P. Nemaligundam : Mayura Maharshi established an Ashram in the Nallamala Forest. He was meditating to see the divinity of Sri Maha Vishnu.
He dug pool with the tip of his nose. The very next morning it become a water poor filled full of water. The poor is formed in the shape of peacock’s face and so it is called “Nemaligundam” Ranganayaka Swamy temple was established beside Nemaligundam. Hence it is named Nemaligundla Ranganayaka Swamy Kshethram.

NEMALIGUNDLA1Nemaligundla Kshetram is situated in the midst of steep mountain in Peaks of Nallamala hills. There nature is beautiful, and serene. This holy place is famous for piety, purity and divinity of God. It is believed there one should not speak lies.
If any one speaks lies, God will impose severe punishment. People used to visit sri Ranganayaka Swamy and offer their prayers with pious heart. Then God must bless them as per their prayers.


Siddhi Bhairavesara Swamy temple is situated on the North – eastern hills of Ramapuram Village, near Somidevipalli Railway Station, Giddalur Taluka, A.P. Maharshi Jamadagni used to live at the Pilgrimage Kanaka Surabheswara temple. Parashurama, in obedience to the advice of his father Jamadagni killed Karthya Veeryarjuna. Then Siddhus could not stay there.They moved towards the cow-hill (Avulakonda) and they were fascinated by the beauty and screnity of the trees on the hills. They wanted to stay there and established “Shivalingam” to perform Pujas and tapassu. The Shiva linga was established by Siddhus for attaining Moksha. Hence it is called Siddhi Bhairaveswara Swamy temple.

People used to celebrate functions (Thirunallu) in every Karteekam and Magham, Sivarathri festival of every year. All people from different places, irrectune of caste and religion, used to visit this holy place. People who worship Lord Shiva, will definitely attain their desires and wishes.


Kanaka Surabhewara Temple is situated on the bank of the river Gundlakamma, near Thrimella Village, Giddalur Taluka, A.P. It is 3 Kms. away from Thurimella towards west. Jamadagni, one of the seven Rushis, sitting on the bank of river Gundlakamma, began Meditation for Shiva for many years with Sevear Deeksha. He used to take only fruits but not food. After some time he used to take only water but no use. Shiva did not appear to him. Ultimately he stopped to take even water except taking air to lie and to immediate. Thus he did stem meditation. Consequently fiery waves of Tapassu spread to all directions and all living creatures were frightened. Some of the animals and birds were died of fiery waves. Life become very difficult to all living creatures on the earth. Soon Devatas went to Lord Shiva and prayed to Shiva to give Darshan to Jamadagni.

Then Shiva appeared before Jamadagni Maharshi asked Jamadagni felt happy for the fruitfulness of his mediation. He looked at the divine from of Lord Shiva who appeared before him and offered Satsanga Namaskarams to Lord Shiva. Then lord Shiva assured Jamadagni a boon. Then Jamadagni felt joy and implored Lord Shiva to keep Shiva’s Divyamangala Rupam in that holy place forever. Then Shiva stayed there in the form of Shiva linga on the request of Jamadagni. Jamadagni used to offer Abhishekam to Shiva lingam with milk which is obtained from the divine cow named ‘Surabhi’. But there was no temple for Shiva lingam to protect from rains and the heat of the sun. So Jamadagni thought of building a temple, but he had no money. Then he chouted sthothrams to Goddess Lakshmi for financial assistance. Soon Golden rain was (Kanakavarsham) showered by Goddess Lakshmi for one week.
KONA2Gold coins spread every where.Maharshi Jamadagni constructed a divine temple for Lord Shiva by using gold coins. Jamadagni became popular among the seven Rushis on account of offering archana to Shiva, with the milk of Surabhi (divine cow) and showering of Golden coins (kanakavarsham). Thus this place become Kanaka Surabheswara Temple. Kanaka in (Showering gold Coins) Kanaka Varsham, and Surabhi in the milk Surabhi cow and Eswara (Shiva) Every year Maha Shivarathri festival is being celebrated gloriously at this Surabheswara temple. Thousands of people from different places used to visit the divine form of Shivalingam and worship Shiva to get blessings of Shiva. Anyone who visits and worships Shiva on he day of Maha Shivarathri, will definitely attain Moksha, as per Shiva Puranam.


One hundred and fifty seven years ago a Hazarath from Nagoor Shariff a village in Tamilnadu, who was a disciple of Khadar Vali Swamy of eleventh century came to Giddalur and went on “Diksha” for over fourty days on the banks of the river Sagileru under a neem tree. After the completion of the Diksha he went to Nagoor Shariff Village and brought the belonging of Khadar Vali Swamy’s Hand Stick, items and etc to Giddalur and established the well known Darga in Giddalur.


One hundred and fifty years ago Dr. Robert, Dr. Banyan,Dr. Smith, Dr. Punitham and Dr. Martin were established S.P.G (Society of Propagation of Gospel) compound and a hospital named Central Rafael. On 26th October –1932 Mr. Inmen, engineer, Mr. Britan Dora and Mr. Ramshe  Dora established a church in Giddalur.


Cumbum lake is also known as Gundalakamma lake built on Gundalakamma rivulet upon Nallamalai hills and it is one of the oldest man made lakes of Asia. It is said that the lake was built by sage Jamadagni adjoining opening between two hills of Nallamala range. But history records that the anicut was built by the Gajapati kings of Orissa in 15th. Century AD when the area was under their control. It was subsequently renovated by the Vijayanagar princess Varadharajamma. The lake in its present form is about 7km long and on average, about 3.5 km wide As per the Imperial gazette of India at the turn of 20th century the height of the dam was 57 feet (17 m) and the drainage area was 430 square miles (1,100 km2). The direct irrigation land was about 10,300 acres (42 km2) in all.



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