Nava Nandi Darshan Yatra -

Nava Nandi Darshan Yatra

Dedicated to his loyal devotee

He is the mount of Lord Shiva. He is the gatekeeper of the Lord's abode in Kailash. He resides in the front of the sanctums of Lord Shiva, devoted to his God.  Along the banks of Kudlu river, surrounded by hills in the city of Nandyal  stands the nine temples of Shiva wherein the divineness of his loyal devotee, Nandi is also celebrated. Among them, the most famed is the shrine of Mahanandi, which houses the world's largest sculpture of the sacred bull.  In a a radius of 15 to 20kms around the temple of Mahanadi lie the other Shiva shrines that form the part of Nava Nandi darshan. The yatra begins and ends at Sakshi Ganapathi, following with the darshan of Nandi temples in a traditional sequence of Prathama Nandi, Naga Nandi, Soma Nandi, Surya Nandi, Siva Nandi, Krishna Nandi, Garuda Nandi, Mahanandi and Vinayaka Nandi. The Yatra is supposed to be completed in one day.


Please with the devotion of sage Shivada who performed penance to  Shiva for 1000 years, the Lord blessed him with the boon of an immortal child. Sage Shilada performed yagna  and a child appeared from the sacrificial fire who was named Nandi. By the age of seven, the boy grew well versed in Vedas and sacred texts. One day, Mitra and Varuna who chanced upon the boy remarked to the Sage that the boy would die at the age of eight. Unable to bear his father's sorrow on hearing this, the boy prayed to Lord Shiva. Shiva adorned the boy with a necklace and made him immortal. He also blessed that the boy would be worshipped along with him. Nandi got divine powers, transformed  into half-bull half-human and along with his father went to the Lord's abode. The nine shrines in the Nandyal region of Andhra Pradesh has been from the time of Vijayanagara empire, the circuit of the holy darshan which forms the Nava Nandi darshan yatra.

Deity - Temples

Deity :- Lord Shiva, Nandi

Temples Covered:-
Chandrashekara Swamy temple - In the this temple near the Gudipatigadda area, is the shrine of Sakshi Ganapathy. It is important to visit the temple to get his blessings before undertaking the Nava nandi yatra.

Pratham Nandi - Among the Nava nandis in and around Nandyal, this is the first Nandi temple in the sequence of yatra. Kedareswara Devi is the consort of Prathama Nandeeswara in this temple.

Naga Nandi - The idol of Naga Nandi is situated in the Anjaneya temple near the Nandyal bus stand.

Soma Nandi - Soma Nandi is towards east of Nandyal, near the Jagajanani temple.

Surya Nandi - This is a small shrine situated on the way to Mahanadi, amidst fields, beautiful trees and greenery

Shiva Nandi - This is an ancient and beautiful temple built with stones in the Chalukyan architectural style.

Vishnu Nandi(Krishna Nandi)
- A  serene shrine, just before Mahanadi temple, with beautiful sculptures dedicated to the divinity of Lord Shiva.

Garuda Nandi -  This is a very small temple on the main road itself, opposite the Mahanadi temple.

Vinayaka Nandi
- This shrine is situated on the same campus as that of Mahanandishwara temple.

Mahanandiswara Swamy Temple


Devotees whisper their prayers in the ears of Nandi, with belief that he will carry those prayers to the Lord himself. The visit to these shrines is believed to wash away the sins and bestow the devotees with prosperity

Who can go?

Any one with pious faith can undertake the Yatra.

Yatra Preparations

The Yatra is not very strenuous and can be easily completed. Choose a tour package that would cater to your needs. It is advisable to contact local tour operators in Nandyal for the tour details.

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Area Covered

Andhra Pradesh
Language spoken :- Telugu

Auspicious Days

Visiting these shrine during the month of Karthika are considered specially auspicious. Shivratri is a major festival in these temples.

Best time to Travel

The temples are opened throughout the year and the Nava Nandi darshan can be undertaken any time of the year. Hot summers are best avoided.


The journey can be completed in one day.

Travel Method

All the temples are accessible by roads. However some of the routes are narrow mud roads and an auto might be the best option.

Crowd Expected

As these shrines are open throughout the year there is not much crowd on regular days. However, on Sivratri and Karthika month, a large number of devotees visit these shrines.


Visiting these shrine during the month of Karthika are considered specially auspicious. Shivratri is a major festival in these temples.

Must Haves

Use light cotton clothing during the journey and traditional attire for the temple visits. Water bottles, light snacks, sunscreen etc should be carried in the daypack.

Health Awarness

Nandyal has medical facilities available. However, it is advisable to carry first aid kit and essential medicines during the travel

Additional Info

Sakshi Ganapathi at the Chandrasekhara Swami Temple should be visited before and after the darshan of the Nandi temples without which the pilgrimage is deemed incomplete. Some devotees also take a fast on the day of Nava nandi darshan.


The summers are extremely hot with temperatures in the high forties. Winters are pleasant with temperatures in the twenties and an ideal time to travel to these regions.

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