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Nagalooty Srisailam Address: 28 km from Srisailam, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, 518432, India
Nagalooty is located around 28 km away from Srisailam town. It used to be referred as Longalooty during medieval period. Most of the travelers to Srisailam also visit this place, as it is a home to many ancient temples. Positioned in the midst of rich flora and fauna of a dense forest, Nagalooty is a perfect combination of religious aura, historical and architectural excellence and breathtaking scenic beauty.
A historic place, it is the location from where paths to the holy town of Srisailam started. This path to Srisailam from Nagalooty is still used by many devotees. The paths to Srisailam from the southern and the western sides started from Nagalooty. Remarkably constructed steps of stone slabs dating back to 1326-35 A.D, shows that these paths were well developed during the ancient era as well. These paths connected regions of Karnataka state to Srisailam.
In Nagalooty, there are many ancient temples that can be visited. Although a few of the sculptures and structures are in dwindling condition, one can easily see glimpses of the glorious past that this place once boasts of. Construction of these temples can be traced back to 13th to 15th century.
Once you reach Nagalooty you will see a vast temple complex dedicated to Veerabhadra Swamy. It consists of various parts such as Mukha Mandapa, Garbhagriha and Antharalaya. There is also an 18-pillared mandapa. To the left side of Garbhagriha, one can see idol of Goddess Bhadrakali. On the eastern side of the temple, you will see Rajagopuram.
The pillars of the Mandapams are carved with sculptures of various deities such as Natya Ganapathi, Mahishasura Mardhini, Goddess Kali, Tandava Murthy, etc. The sculpture of Lord Ganapati with ten hands, located around 10 meters away from the main temple is also worth noticing. Many devotees visit this temple on their Srisailam tour.