Lord Vishnu is in the form of Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy and Ananthagiri is named after him. Padmanabha is another incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Here he is lying on Anantha, the snake that floats upon the cosmic waters in Vaikunta. Mythology has it that Brahma was born out of the navel of Padmanabha. His wife, Lakshmi is with him.
The temple of Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy is located on Ananthagiri hills of Ranga Reddy district, Telangana which is 75 km from Hyderabad.
History & Mythology:
According to Skanda Purana it is believed the temple is installed by the Rishi Markandeya in Dwapara Yuga. Attracted by peaceful atmosphere of Ananthagiri hills Markandeya Rishi came here for yoga sadhana . Every day Markandeya used to go to Kasi from Ananthagiri to take a holy bath in the Ganges through a cave due to his yoga sadhana. On one day he was not able to go to kasi as Dwadasi enter the early hours of the morning. Lord gave Darshana in dream and arranged the Ganges to flow to perform a holy bath for Rishi.
Rajarshi Muchikunda after fighting for years with rakshasas came to Ananthagiri to take rest and went into deep sleep, He got a boon from devendra that who ever spoils the sleep of his can be killed by burning to ashes.
Kalayavana rakshasa took control of Dwaraka and followed Lord Krishna and Balarama to Ananthagiri and spoil the sleep of Muchikunda and was killed. Lord Krishna gave darshana in the form of Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy to Muchikunda and blessed him to take a permanent place in the world in the form of river. The same river today is supposed to be Moosi which flows through Hyderabad.
Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy also gave darshana to markandeya and converted into a charka to swamy. 400 years ago Nizam Nawabs used to come here for hunting and to take rest in the peaceful place of Ananthagiri hills, one day lord Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy came to Nawab dreams and asked him to build the temple for him. The main temple of lord is constructed by Hyderabad Nawab.
How to reach ?
Buses are available from MGBS and you can also hop on those buses coming from MGBS in Mehdipatnam and langerhouse, Drive to this place is a 2hour ride and is enjoyable with a scenic view.
Tips from my Perspective:
1. This is one of the best weekend getaway for all the Hyderabadi’s. It is the nearest hill resort we’ve around our place.
2. If you are looking for stay options then APTDC’s Haritha Resort is the best bet. Though I didn’t visit this resort, I am suggesting you by my friend’s words that it has the best view.
3. You can also go to Kotapalli project which is a 20-25mins drive from Ananthagiri hills.