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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