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History of Gandi Anjaneya Swamy Temple (Sthala Puranam)

History of Gandi Anjaneya Swamy Temple, Sthala Puranam of Gandi Hanuman Temple is explained here..

The Temple of Anjaneya swamy here is built on the foot of a hill on the western side of the river Papagni. It has gained a great name and fame as vayukshetra and situated on vempalli – Rayachoti road. It is 55 km from Kadapa and 8 km from Vempalli. Papagni river flows at this place frm south to north in between two hills.

A legend says, that Lord Rama visited this place in his return journey frm Lanka and stayed for sometime attracted by its natural beauty. To welcome Rama Vayu the father of Anjaneya hung a wreath of golden flowers across the ravine. There is a belief among the people that it is visible to the sacred souls at the approach of their death time.

Sir Thomas Manro the farmer British Governor, was fortunate enough to see it when he passed near the ravine. His followers grieved much for this for they knew that he would shortly die. Before leaving this place Rama carved the figure of Anjaneya on a rock. The stone Prakaram around the sanctum sanctorum is said to have been built by one Thirupathi Seshanna in 1911, A retired dist judge, Tadimarrl Bhujanga Rao built a choultry at this place for pilgrims, this temple attracts devotees from far and wide especially on Saturdays and in the Shravana Masam of Telugu calendar.

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