Mahanandi (Telugu: మహానంది) is a village located east of the
Nallamala Hills near Nandyal, Kurnool District, Andhra Pradesh,
India. It is a picturesque village surrounded by thick forests. Within 15
km of Mahanandi, there are nine Nandi shrines known as Nava
nandulu. Mahanandi is one of the Nava Nandis. The
Mahanandiswara Swamy Temple, an important shrine, is located
here. This ancient temple dates back over 1,500 years. The
inscriptions of 10th century tablets speak of the temple being
repaired and rebuilt several times.
These nine temples are Mahanandi, Shivanandi, Vinayakanandi,
Somanandi, Prathamanandi, Garudanandi, Suryanandi,
Krishnanandi (also called Vishnunandi) and Naganandi.
A festival is held here annually during February and March to
celebrate Maha Shivaratri, the Great Night of Shiva.
Mahanandi is about 21 km from Nandyal. The nearest airport is at
Hyderabad, which is about 215 km from Kurnool, and the nearest
railway station is at Nandyal.