Tungabhadra river is a holy river of South india. It passes across the deccan platue. Mythology says that Tunga panam is equal to Ganga snanam. That means, drinking Tungabhadra river water is as holy as taking bath in Ganga river.
Tungabhadra Puskaralu will comes once in 12 years for a period of 12 days. This period is very holy to take bath in Tungabhadra river. Lakhs of People will dip in the river ghats to get rid off their sins. There are so many temples and historical places of interest around Tungabhadra river. This is a brief description of these temples.Ganga moola / Tunga moola :
This is also called as Varaha parvata. This is the birth place of Tunga river, Bhadra river and Nethravathi river. Nethravathi river goes to west and merges in Arabian sea. Tunga river and Bhadra river goes in two seperate directions and joins at Koodli to form Tungabhadra river. Shringeri :
It is on the bank of Tunga river and is famous for Shringeri Sharada muth
.It is started by Adi Shankaracharya. When Adi shankaracharya was roaming in India he saw a snake protecting a pregnent frog here. He was inspired by that sean and started a muth and named it as Sharada muth. Rishya shringa also establishes Shrinkala mata here in the form of several local dieties. Koodli :
This is the place where Tunga river and Bhadra river Combines to form Tungabhadra river.Harihar :
Harihareswar temple is present here. In this temple Moola virat is in the combined form of Lord vishnu and Lord shiva.This previosly called as Guharanya and ruled by Guhasura.Lord Vishnu and Lord shiva combinely forms Harihar rupa and kílls Guhasura. From that onwards That place is called as Harihar.Ankasamudram :
It is about 25 kms away from Hampi. Here we can see many monuments of Vijayanagara empire. Virupaksha temple :
It is the main temple in Hampi. In this temple main Diety is Lord shiva in the form of Virupaksha. He is also called as Pampa pathi.
Pampa is another name of Tungabhadra river
This the original capital of Vijayanagara kingdaom present in the north side of Tungabhadra river. Opposite this town there is a temple of Lord Vishnu called Vittala temple. Mantralayam :
It is in the border of Andhrapradesh and Karnataka states. It is famous for Sri Guru Raghavendra swamy muth. Raghavendra swamy Samadhi is present here. Kurnool :
It is a major city in Andhrapradesh , and it is the first capital of Andhrapradesh state. River Indravathi (Handri) meets Tungabhadra here.Alampur :Alampur
is a small village near Kurnool [about 25 km away]. It is one of the 18 shaktipeethas. Jogulamba
is the main diety here. Lord shiva is in the form of Bala Brahmeshwara swamy. This village is also called as City of Temples. The temples in that village has very beautiful sculputers. All the temples in the village are under control of Archeologica department. Sangameswaram :
This is about 10 kms away from Alampur. This is the place where Tungabhadra river merges into Krishna river. This is a place of Saptanadi sangamam. A temple of Lord shiva called Sagameshwar is present here. But now it was covered by back waters of Srisailam dam. People can visit this temple when only the water level falls down.