|Two Gali Gopurams facing WEST on the|
PONNUR to GUNTUR HIGHWAY
|Sahasra lingeswara swamy gudi, Ponnur|
Also known as Veyyi Lingala gudi inside the
temple complex of Veeranjaneya swamy Aalayama
|The Hanuman statue is one of the tallest >30 feet|
hence the enclosed temple looks like a tall
building During Aarathi we will have a
magnificient darshan of Lord Veeranjaneya
Ponnur Temples are very famous in our region as the 30 to 40 feet high monolithic statues of Hanuman and Garud are in the temple along with Sahasra lingeswara swamy (1001 Shiva Lingas)
The present form of the temple is elegant and it has a few rooms for the devotees who want to stay over night.
Anjaneya swamy is 35 feet tall and main Pooja is performed and aarathi on all days. The Garud deity is 40 feet tall. and Garud temple is facing the Anjaneya swamy temple.
In 1970's I used to see both the statues in the horizontal position since erection was not done. The Head of Hanuman with head of Rama and Sitha is broken due to over weight so the statue is made smaller by carving again the head of Hanuman within the body area. I visited this temple recently when my father died since it is customary for us to spend a night after the 9 day cermony and before the end of a month. My father died on October 19 2006 so i stayed one night around 30th October 2006 in the temple. Again, my mother died on 19 October 2008, so on 30 October 2009 I stayed a night in the temple premises. Aftr one night's stay, early morning took bath and performed prayer and then returned to Hyderbad. both times. My relation P Nageswararao helped me book the room each time.
It is really one of the important temples to be visited in this region.