Religious Shrines in Nellore Region (Temples, mosques and churches in Simhapuri Tourism Circuit)

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With ancient temples from vedic times, saiva and vaishnava tempes, famous dargahs and churches, the Simhapuri Circuit in Nellore region is one of the most famous pilgrimage centers in India.

Talpagiri Ranganadha Swamy Temple, Nellore
The 600 year old temple on the banks of Pennar river is located within the Nellore city and is very close to Nellore Railway Station. The 29 meter tall galigopuram with seven gold kalasams is famous for its architectural splendour. The annual Rath Yatra of the God is a much awaited event in Nellore. Read more…

Sri Mulasthaneswara Swamy Temple: Nellore.
The Temple of Sri Mulasthaneswara Swamy was built, 1400 years ago, to the west of Nellore, just about 3 KM from Nellore RTC bus station. Manumasidhi rulers constructed the Raja Gopuram (Royal tower of the temple). Legend goes that the poet Tikkana Somayaji translated Mahabhratam into Telugu only after making his obeisance to the deity. Read more…

Kamakshi Tai Temple, Jonnawada
Sri Mallikharjuna Swamy Kamakshi Tai temple located in Jonnawada on the banks of river Pennar river, is about 12 KM from Nellore RTC bus station. This temple was constructed in 1150. A ‘Sri Chakram’ was installed here by Sri Jagadguru Sankaracharya. Pilgrims take a holy dip in the lake known as Kasyapateertham, near the temple, which washes away all their bad karma. Read more…

Vedagiri Narasimha Swamy Temple, Narasimhakonda
Vedagiri Lakshminarasimha Swamy temple is located on a beautifull hillock called Narasimhakonda, on the southern bank of the river Pinakini (Pennar), just about 15 KM away from Nellore RTC bus station. According to the rock inscriptions, this temple was built by the Pallava king Narsimha Varma in the ninth century. The seven tanks (Konerulu) on Narasimhakonda stand for the yagnam (Sacrifice)  performed by the seven sages (Saptarishis) as revealed in the Vedic scripture Brahmapurana. Every year “Brahmotsavams” are celebrated here in the month of May. Read more…

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Bhagavan Sri Venkaiah Swamy Mandiram, Golagamudi
A sage called Venkaiah Swamy lived during middle of the 20th Century and got Mahasamadhi at this place, about 15 KM from Nellore city. Devotees gather here every Saturday to worship the Swamy. Aradhana or the annual function is celebrated during August of every year. It is one of the popular pilgrimage centres in the district. Read more…

Penusila Narasimha Swamy Temple, Penchalakona
Lord Narasimha manifested Himself here as a huge rock in “Yoga mudra” (in an entwined contemplative posture) and hence it acquired the name of “Penusila” (huge rock) and in course of time became famous as “Penchalakona”. Legend has it that after slaying the demon Hiranya Kasipa, Lord Narsimha bathed in Penchalakona and withdrew that “Avatara”(incarnation) of Narasimha, shedding His anger and ferocity. The Lord here is one of the Nava Narasimhas (nine manifestations). Narasimha Jayanthi is celebrated every year in the month of May.


Penchalkona lies at the foothills of Veligondalu (in Western Ghats), at a distance of 80 KM from Nellore. Don’t miss the trek to the nearby waterfalls behind the temple. Read more…

Sri Subramanya Swamy Temple, Mallam
Mallamu village lies on the Nayudupeta – Dugarajupatnam road, about 96 KM away from Nellore. The temple was constructed by the Chola rulers of the 10th and 11th Centuries. The Vasantala Mandapam here is a shining example of sculptural excellence. It was sculpted in the form of a chariot drawn by a pair of horses.


The 64 pillars of the Vasantha Mandapam are tastefully decorated with pictures of creepers and tales from Ramayanam, Bharatham and Bhagavatam. The Veera Kallulu of the veera saivas are also found here. Don’t miss the interesting story behind the temple and the mandapam. Read more…

Chengalamma Temple, Sullurupet

Goddess Chengalamma Parameswari manifested Herself in Sullurupet town, 100 KM away from Nellore on the Kolkata-Chennai highway (NH5), on the banks of the Kalangi river. History tells us that it was established during the fourth and fifth centuries. Devotees turn up in large number to witness the annual Chengalamma Jatara (fair). Devotees visit the place and fulfil their vows, referring the goddess as the mother who grants boons liberally. The naturally-formed image of the goddess adorning the hanging roots (vooda) of the banyan tree is an awe-inspiring spectacle. Read more…

Krishna Swamy Temple, Mannarpoluru
Alaghu Mallari Krishna Swamy temple is in Mannarpoluru Village near Sullurupet, at a distance of 103 Km. from Nellore. It was built in the 17th century by Bangaru Yadama Nayudu, in this place once famous for malla yodhas (wrestlers). According to a legend, it was here that the Lord Sri Krishna defeated Jambavantha in a duel and married his daughter Jambavati and the Lord Maha Vishnu deflated the bloated ego of Garutmanta. Apart from the idols of Satyabhama and Jambavati (the two consorts of Lord Krishna), the idol of Jambavantha shedding tears are bound to amaze the viewer with their sculptural splendour. Read more…

Bhairavakona Rock Cut Siva Temple, Near Udayagiri
Bhairavakona, situated in the dense Nallamala forests in Prakasam district bordering Udayagiri in the Nellore district, is a true natural wonder with beautiful caves, ponds and waterfalls. It is also a big attraction for devotees and tourists who come in large numbers to the Kalabhairava temple. According to a legend, Lord Siva and goddess Parvati once visited the place and were captivated by its beauty. They left behind a Siva lingam that resembles the one at Amarnath.

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bhairavakona cave temple


According to archaeologists, this temple belongs to the 7th or 8th century AD. Kalabhairava is said to have once reigned over this region giving it the name Bhairavakona.

Kalabhariva temple is sometimes called the temple of the Holy Trinity. This is perhaps the only temple in India where Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara are worshipped at one place. An interesting feature of this place is that eight temples were carved out of one rock. Lord Siva appears in eight different forms of Shashinaga, Rudra, Visweswara, Nagarikeswara, Bhargeswara, Rameswara, Mallikarjuna and Pakshamalika Linga. Devotees also come to Bhairavakona to see the moonlight fall on the idol of goddess Durgadevi on the days of Kartika Pournami and Maha Sivaratri.

Bara Shaheed Dargah, Nellore
Bara Shaheed Dargah (mausoleum) is located in Nellore, just about 3 KM from Nellore RTC Bus Station. The tombs of 12 warriors who died at the battle are located here. An annual three day festival called Rottela Panduga is celebrated during Moharram. Visitors leave rotis into the water to fulfill their wishes.

Masthana vali Dargah, Kasumuru
The tomb of Syed karimulla Khadiri lies in Kasumuru village, situated about 35 KM away from Nellore. Devotees refer to him as kasumuru Masthanayya, a great Fakir supposed to have belonged to 18th century. The ailing, the planet harassed, and the children, worship at the Fakir’s tomb. Every year, on the 26th day of the auspicious period of kabbiul-aval, Urusu (fair) is celebrated with fervour. Read more…

Khaja Rahamatulla Dargah, A.S.Peta (Anuma Samudram Peta)
This ancient dargah is located at about 60 KM from Nellore city. It is one of the unique places where Hindus and Muslims blend together and stand as an illustration of National integrity. Devotees from different parts of the country visit this place without distinction. The ornamental work of the dome is notable. Every year Urusu is celebrated where large number of devotees gather here for blessings. Read more…

Shaik Dawood Dargah, Venadu
Shaik Dawood Dargah (mausoleum) is located near Vaynad village in Sulurpet, about 100 KM from Nellore. It is an open dargah measuring 144feet long. Shaik Waheeda’s Dargah is also situated nearby. Ideal time to visit the dargah is on Amavasya day to stay there over night and bear witness to the miracle.

St. Mary’s (Velangani Matha) Church, Koduru Beach
This popular church is located about 20 km from Nellore city on the mesmerizing Kotha Koduru beach.

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