There are many holy places all along the rivers: primarily temples of Saiva Cult on the banks of the Bhadra and all the cults on the banks of the Tunga. Sringeri Sarada Petham established by the Adi Shankaracharya is the most famous one on the left bank of the Tunga, about 50 km downstream of its origin. This is a special story for Tungabhadra Pushkarams 2020.
Manthralayam Sree Raghavendra Swamy Muth in Kurnool District and Alampur in Mahaboobnagar District, Jogulamba is the presiding deity, known as Dakshina Kashi are the other important pilgrimage centres. There is a cluster of Nava Brahma temples constructed by the early Chalukyas.
An important feature of the river banks is the flood protection walls all along the rivers, constructed by Sri Krishna Devaraya between 1525 and 1527 AD. They are found wherever there is a possibility of land erosion during the floods. It starts at Sringeri and ends at Kurnool, just few kilometers from its mouth. They are stone constructions and still intact.
Temples on Tungabhadra River Banks, Karnataka
- The Huligema Temple on banks of Tungabhadra River at Koppal district, Karnataka.
- The Markendeshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva on banks of Tungabhadra river at Shivapur village, Koppal district, Karnataka.
- Sri Shringeri Sharadamba Temple dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi on the banks of the Tunga River in Chikmagalur district, Karnataka.
- Pampapati Temple in Kampli of Ballari district, Karnataka.
- There are a number of ancient and holy sites on the banks of the Tungabhadra River. At Harihara there is a temple dedicated to Harihareshwara. Surrounding the modern town of Hampi are the ruins of Vijayanagara, the site of the powerful Vijayanagara Empire’s capital city and now a World Heritage Site. The site, including the Vijayanagara temple complex ruins, are being restored.
Temples on Tungabhadra River Banks in Andhra Pradesh
- The Moola Brindavana of Guru Raghavendra Swamy is located on the banks of the Tungabhadra river at Mantralayam, Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh.
- Sri Dakshina Shirdi Sai Baba Temple dedicated to Sai Baba, known as Dakshina Shirdi on banks of the Tungabhadra River at Kurnool, Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh.
- The Sangameswaram Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva at place where several holy rivers meet in Sangameswaram, Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh. According to the myth, once the Pandavas of Mahabharata came to Kurnool during their exile. They decided to install a Shiva Linga in this region after visiting Srisailam Mallikarjuna Temple. So, Dharmaraya (Yudhishtira) told his brother Bhima to bring a Shiva Linga from Kashi. Later, they consecrated the Linga at the confluence of the Krishna River and Tungabhadra River along with other five tributaries. Hence, the Linga was named as Sangameshwara (Sangama, where the rivers meet).
Temples on Tungabhadra River Banks in Telangana
- Sri Jogulamba Temple dedicated to Goddess Parvathi, known as Dakshina Kashi in Alampur about 25 km from Kurnool, where the early Chalukyas built a cluster of temples on the left northern banks of the Tungabhadra river. The Nava Brahma Temples complex is one of the earliest models of temple architecture in India.