Conveyance: The temple is located 75 kilometers from Hyderabad and 5 kilometers from Vikarabad. The buses to Tandur have a halt here. Also, we can avail buses to Vikarabad and catch a shared auto to reach the temple. The temple can also be reached by coming via train halting at Vikarabad Railway Station and have a different means of transport which 7 kilometers away from the railway station.
- Thick forest around compounded with multiple herbs.
- Lord Hanuman and Garuda statues at the entrance.
- Caves where Saint Markandeya performed his tapas(deep meditation).
Legend about the temple:
The immortal saint Markandeya prayed Lord Brahma for an effective place for his tapas in order the deity had shown him this place called Anantagiri. By his great tapas for thousands of years, Markandeya made Lord Anantapadmanabha Swamy to make his presence here. The same way he had brought Ganga devi into hislakes over there. There onwards, the lakes are named as “Bhavanasi”. Considering an auspicious day i.e., on Ashada shuddha Ekadashi, at the early morning Bhagiradhi shows her presence in Bhavanasi every year.
Saint got disappeared after the Kali’s entrance(Kaliyug). The Lord Ananta Padmanabha Swamy, he prayed had become an famous place. Almost a 400 years ago, one of the Nijam rulers had lived in a summer with his horse by making a hut for some days in Anantagiri considering it as a place where to fight with many kinds of animals.
In order to fetch food for the horses, the fellow beings use to get grass everyday and the horses use to be fulfilled. Nawab by observing this, questioned the people that where the grass is being fetched from as I observe the difference day to day. Even they dont know of it and told Nawab “nearby there is a place where we observe the grass getting grown the same amount which is been cut the before day and so we are fetching from the same place.” Surprised Nawab went to the auspicious place and observed the same and had digged there which in resulted with a vasudeva salagramam. He didnt understand and slept for that day and dreampt of the Lord asking for constructing a temple for the Lord and so you will be well blessed.Awaken Nawab had been to the same place and asked to remove the bullet from his leg thereby to contruct the temple for him. Soon he was out of it and the temple is been built by Nawab along with a guest house over there.
As Nawab had built, we observe their traditions over there and as it is thick forest and a home for wild animals, all poojas had been stopped.
Later the Lord came into Allampalli village officer's dream and asked to move him to his village buliding a temple followed by all pooja procedures so that the officer's wish will be fulfilled. The village officer gathered people and informed that “it is a good morning for us. Anantagiri Lord told he is going to show his presence in our village so that we have to go and get him here”. With a great enthusiasm, people got the Lord to their village, bulit a temple and pooja procedures are followed by there onwards.
Many medicanal herbs are present here.medical facilities are available since 1945 and now it had become easy for everyone to visit as the forest is been reduced.
Places nearby to visit:
- Forest near the temple
- “Markandeya maharshi tapovanam” next to the temple premises.
- “Bugga temple” (Rama Lingeswara swamy).The main attraction here is water that comes from nandi.On a great research of scientists even didn’t come to know from where the water had originated from.
Monday to Saturday:
Morning 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Evening 3:00PM to 8:00 PM
Morning 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Evening 3:00PM to 8:00 PM
Lord Hanuman at entrance of the temple
Markandeya maharshi tapovanam