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Located 9 km from Kollapur & 158 km from Mahaboobnagar, this place is famous for the ancient Agasthyeswara Swamy temple built between 10th & 16th century A.D. Festivals like Sivarathri, Kartiha Pournami, Masa Sivarathri and Toli Ekadasi are celebrated with great fervour. This temple was shifted to Jetaprolu when the Krishna waters threatened to submerge the villages after the construction of the Srisailam dam. Another temple 15 km from Kollapur, is the Madana Gopala Swamy temple built by the Rajas of Jetaprolu during the 16th century A.D. The pillars, beams and the walls of the temple are richly adorned with beautiful sculptures.
Srirangapur is situated at a distance of about 12 km from Wanaparthy, which is 100 km from Mahaboobnagar. Here you will find a Sri Ranganayakaswamy temple built during the 18th century A.D. According to legend, King Krishnadeva Raya once visited Srirangam and desired to construct Sri Ranganayakaswamy temple in his kingdom. That night, he dreamt that Sri Ranganayakaswamy told him that He is at some place in his kingdom and an eagle would lead Krishnadeva Raya to that place. Next day, the king followed the eagle and the temple was built on the banks of Ratnapushpakarni lake, between the Kothakota & Karapakala hills.
This town is situated 120 km from Mahaboobnagar and 10 km from the Kollapuri Someswara Swamy temple. There are 15 temples, all housing Shivalingas where Shivarathri & Karthika Pournami are celebrated with much fervour. The Pushkar Snanam during the Krishna Pushkaram, which occurs once in 12 years, is auspicious. The temple was shifted from old Somasila village to higher land to protect it from being submerged in Krishna waters. With beautiful surroundings, it is also an ideal picnic spot.
The Madhava Swamy temple at Kollapur was originally built by the 16th century A.D., on the left bank of river Krishna, at Manchalakatta. The architecture of the temple is exceedingly beautiful. All around the temple walls, beautifully carved sculptures depict the 24 aspects of Vishnu and Dasavathars of Vishnu. Various pillars supporting the mandapa, the Garudalaya, add beauty to the temple complex. Due to the submergence under the Srisailam project reservoir, this temple was shifted and re-constructed at Kollapur. This temple is located 180 km from Hyderabad and 110 kms from Kurnool and Mahaboobnagar.
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