Boyakonda Gangamma Temple: Overview
Sri Boyakonda Gangamma Temple is located near Diguvapalli in Choudepally mandal, Andhra Pradesh. This is one of the famous hill temples of this state. Thousands of pilgrims visit the presiding deity of the temple Gangamma every day.
Devotees from neighbouring Karnataka and Tamil Nadu also worship the goddess. Boyakonda Gangamma Temple is situated on a picturesque hillock with serene surroundings.
History of this Temple
About two centuries ago the bird-hunting tribesmen – ‘Boyas’ and ‘Yelikas’ lived in the forest area around the hill. They stood up and opposed the oppressive and autocratic rule of the Nawabs. They retaliated against the Muslim soldiers and chased them away. The then Golconda Nawab sent additional troops to crush the rebellion.
The Boya tribals could not face the onslaught of the Muslim army and went into the forest and bent down near the hill and prayed to the Almighty to save them. The spirit of Goddess ‘Shakti’ descended from the hill and protected the tribals and crushed the Nawab’s army.
The local people say that ‘Shakti’ has tied the heads of the soldiers with the branches of the banyan tree. Goddess Gangamma is the incarnation of ‘Shakti’. The local people believe that the water of ‘Pushkarini’ is very powerful and sprinkling it in the field brings good harvest.
Devotees can test whether their wish will be fulfilled by placing a flower on the deity’s head. The local people believe that if the flower falls on the right side, then it is positive and if it falls on the left side then it is negative. Many devotees who worshiped the Goddess were blessed with children.
Boyakonda Gangamma Temple Timings
Boyakonda Gangamma Temple is open at 6:00 am in the morning and close at 6:30 pm in the evening.
Place to visit near Boyakonda Gangamma Temple
Vijayawada is a famous tourist destination situated on the banks of river Krishna. Bhavani Island, Unadavalli Caves, Mogalarajapuram Caves, Akkanna and Madanna Caves, Kondapalli Fort, Kanaka Durga Temple, Suryalanka Beach etc. Are also the major tourist places of Vijayawada.
Surrounded by the Palakonda and Nallam hills, Cuddapah is a popular place to visit in Andhra Pradesh. Gandikota Fort, Belum Caves, Sidhaut Fort, Pushpagiri are the attractive tourist places of Cuddapah. Here you will get to see historical and natural scenes.
In the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh this is a unique temple located at this place. This temple is also known as ‘Hanging Pillar Temple’ because one of its pillars mysteriously hangs in the air. It is said that no one has been able to know its secret till date. A large number of people come here to roam and are surprised to see that ‘Hanging Pillar’.
How to reach Temple
By Road- Boyakonda Gangamma Temple is 110 km away from Tirupati and From Chittoor, the temple is 88 km away. Direct buses to this temple are not mostly not available so to reach this temple you should first reach Punganur from Tirupati. APSRTC buses runs for Punganur.
By Train- The nearest railway station is Pakla railway station which is located at a distance of 21 km from this temple. From here you can easily reach this temple by using local transport services.
By Air- The nearest airport from this temple is Tirupati railway station which is located at 150 km from this temple. From here you can easily reach this temple by using local transport services.
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