Touring different places is what I like best, simply packing my bags and hitting the road is what I prefer. Being a travel junkie, after visiting Bhavani islands, the next day I decided to travel to Mangalagiri, Vijayawada. The town Mangalagiri is located on the national highway of Chennai- Kolkata between Vijayawada and Guntur districts of Andhra Pradesh. The town area is just 10.49 sq. km.
The meaning of the word Mangalagiri is “The Holly Hills” and on this auspicious hill are located three Narasimhaswamy temples. On the hills is Panakala Narsimha Swamy temple, the Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple is at the foot of the hills and Gandala Narisimha Swamy temple at the top of the hill. From any direction one looks at the shape of the hills is the same, it is elephant shaped. A Telugu inscription stone pillar is located near the stone flights. This pillar relates to the tale of the capture of Kondavidu and near the temple is another stone with inscriptions on all the four sides. Inside the temple is the Gopuram which is eleven storied high and was erected in 1807-1809 by Raja Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu. It is one of the oldest temples of southern India belonging to the Vaishnavites and is a main attraction for tourists as well as pilgrims. Millions of devotees from all around the world come here every year in full faith to seek the blessings of god.
Fresh water facilities for drinking and cleaning were available for everyone and the voices and chants of the priests seemed very soothing to my ears. Hand-loom weaving is the main occupation of the local people as 50% of the population works on this cottage industry.The architecture and sculpture of this temple is mesmerizing and by simply looking at it one comes across the fact that this ancient hill temple has no equal and also is testament to the fact that ancient civilization was quite superior in the fields of art and architecture. Looking at this marvelous temple one is simply enthralled. The temple committee should be saluted for their management and organizing skills. This visit has proved to be very peaceful and spiritual experience.