The temple is 140 odd kms away from Bangalore and it falls in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. On the way to the temple, about 200 meters away, one comes across a huge Nandi (bull) which is built from a single rock. It is believed to be said that, the day the Nandi utters a word; it’d be the end of the world.
Though there are many stories around the history of the temple such as details pertaining to who built it and the adversities faced by the workers during the construction, I suggest one to do little homework before visiting the place which could avoid appointing a tourist guide. One can find complete information on the history of the temple and its surroundings on the Internet. The priest of the temple was also considerate to explain the story of the temple in detail in multiple languages.
Hanging pillar – Didn’t I say India is a place of miracles and mysteries? It truly is. A mysterious pillar is hung in the air without any support from the ground. Slide a paper or a note, it’s guaranteed that one can pull it out from the other side of the pillar. Spend some time, look closely; one will be astonished at the mystery of it.
Giant Footprint – There are speculations around a giant footprint in the temple premises. Few believe it to be of Lord Hanuman’s and few think it is of Sita’s. An astonishing fact besides the footprint itself is that, there is always fresh water restored in the toe of the giant foot. It is to be noted that all the speculations are based on different versions and there is no evidence for any of the sources. However, it doesn’t take out the fun in paying a visit and by having an experience in real.
The paintings and the architecture each tell us a story of the history of Mahabharata & Ramayana period. Further inside the temple, Lord Shiva’s Linga is seen consorted under a large serpent on a huge boulder. At the rear end, one can spot carvings of Lord Ganesha on a single rock.