Hindus and Muslims Worship Together in Harmony in this Andhra Pradesh Temple


Hindus and Muslims worship together in harmony.  (Image: News18)

Hindus and Muslims worship together in harmony. (Image: News18)

The Nagendra Swamy temple, at Navuluru village of Mangalagiri mandal in Guntur district, was situated in a half-acre Mango orchard very close to Mangalagiri railway station.

A Hindu temple in Andhra Pradesh has reflected communal harmony where Hindus and Muslims worship the main deity with devotion and religious fervour.

Going into details, Nagendra Swamy temple in Navuluru village of Mangalagiri mandal in Guntur district was situated in a half acre Mango orchard very close to Mangalagiri railway station.

While Hindus are offering pujas to the main deity as Sri Nagendra Swamy, Muslims worship the same as Nagul Meera.

Devotees of both faiths gathered at the place of worship every Thursday and Sunday. Devotees made special offerings to the deity such as head tonsure, ear piercing, naming their new born babies daily in the temple premises.

The temple used to witness a heavy rush of devotees every year during the auspicious month of Karthika. Since the name of the presiding deity Sri Nagendra Swamy is a snake god, there is a huge surge of devotees on Nagula Chavithi day (worshiping snake gods and snake goddesses) as compared to other days of Karthika month. It is believed that Sri Nagendra Swamy became Vasuki for Lord Shiva and Adi Seshu for Sri Maha Vishnu Murthi on Nagula Chavithi day. With this, a large number of devotees visit the temple and make special offerings to the presiding deity, believing that this will cure their ailments without a trace.

It is believed that a childless couple will be blessed with children after visiting the temple with a special offering to Sri Nagendra Swamy.

The temple authorities built the Kalayana Mandapam (marriage hall) in 2008 where most of the devotees perform their marriages in front of Sri Nagendra Swamy.

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