Nela Mattam (Banaganapalle)

Nela Mattam

         Sri Pothuluri Veerabrahmendra Swamiji, with the permission of his fostering mother Veera Papamamba, toured the entire country, undertaking pilgrimage to several temples and finally, on reaching Banaganapalle in Kurnool Dist., lived at the house of Garimireddy Achchamma, taking care of the cattle there. He wrote his Kalagnanam in the nearby location Ravvala Konda. On completion of writing Kalagnanam, around the period 1627 Garimireddi Achchamma had built Nela Mattam in accordance with the wishes of Swamiji. There is evidence in his work Kalagnanam that for about 23 years Sri Pothuluri Veerabrahmendra Swamiji performed his penance here. When Sri Swamiji moved to Kandimallayapalle from Banaganapalle, he installed his Aatma Lingam here i.e., in the Nela Mattam and entrusted the daily performance of rituals to him by his first disciple Annajayya. One can see here the tomb of Annajayya also along with the Aatma Lingam of Swamiji.

How to reach Nela Mattam, Banaganapalle

Nela Mattam, Banaganapalle Village and Mandal is a famous Piligrimage Center in Kurnool Dist. In the state of Andhra Pradesh in India.

Mattam Bus

By Road: Banaganapalle is located 130 km from Kadapa. It is well connected by road. The preferable route is Kadapa-Mydukur-Proddutur-Banaganapally. From Mydukur the distance is 37 km. From Hyderabad the route is Hyderabad - Kurnool - Bethamcherla-Banaganapalle. Direct buses are available from Badvel, Mydukur, Proddutur, Kadapa, Nandyal and Kurnool. Distance from Kurnool to banaganapalle is around 59 km. Guest houses are available at Banaganapalle.

Mattam Train

By Train: Kurnool City Railway Station in Andhra pradesh is served by the South Central Railways. It is located in the city center and is on the Chennai-Bangalore line. Chennai Express, Sampathkranthi Express, Venkatadri Express, Thungabhadra Express and Kanyakumari Express pass through this station. Computerized reservation facility is provided. Going east, the main station next to Kurnool is Ananthapur Railway Station (165 km) and moving west, the next main station is Nandyal Railway Station (157 km.)