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Toli Ekadasi at Palanka Kshetra in Andhra Pradesh

Palanka Kshetra is a temple dedicated to Lord Veerabhadra Swamy and Goddess Bhadrakali in the dense Nallamala forests on the border of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Special pujas and rituals are observed on the Toli Ekadasi day (July 17, 2024). The temple is located around 45 km from Yerragondapalem in Prakasam District in Andhra Pradesh. The shrine attracts devotees from Guntur, Prakasam, Kurnool, Mahabubnagar districts.

Chenchu tribes reside in the region and it is only with their help can the devotees reach the temple safely.

The temple is located under a protruding rock (Pedda Konda) on the banks of Krishna River.

The temple was constructed during the reign of Sri Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagara. He built this temple after defeating the Gajapati kings.

Devotees offer prayers in the temple after taking a holy dip in the Palanka Kunta, which joins the river Krishna downstream.

Thousands of devotees undertake the annual pilgrimage braving the tough terrain. It is believed that the prayers offered to Lord Veerabhadra Swamy never go unanswered. People are blessed with health and wealth after offering prayers at the shrine.

Couples in large number visit the temple on the occasion for getting healthy progeny. Couples name the child born thus after the deity.

The annual pilgrimage is observed on the Toli Ekadasi day, which falls on the 11th day during the Shukla Paksha of Ashada month in Telugu calendar.

The temple comes under the area covered by the Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve. After having darshan at Palanka Kshetra, devotees trek up a hillock to reach Srisailam to have darshan of Bhramaramba Mallikarjunaswamy. There is also another option to reach Srisailam via Patalganga – this is through boat.