Mahanandi is a holy Shivaite pilgrimage center located in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh. At a distance of 15 km from Nandyal, 80 Kms from Kurnool and 290 Kms from Hyderabad, it is located near Gopavaram village. Located to the east of Nallamala Hills, Mahanandi is a picturesque village surrounded by thick forests. Within 15 km radius from Mahanandi, there are nine Nandis (Bulls) known as Nava Nandis. Mahanandi is famous for the Mahanandiswara Temple and it houses one of the Nava Nandis. This 7th century shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva is very famous and sacred place.The gopuram over central sanctum is built in Badami Chalukyan style of architecture and other structures in the temple are in Vijayanagara style.
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