The Mahanandiswara Swamy Temple is also famous for many rituals that are held during the Maha Shivaratri. As per the tradition and belief, a dip in the Mahanandi temple Pushkarni on the auspicious day has the power to wash away one’s sins. One of the ancient stories about the temple is that in the beginning of Krita yuga, A Parvatha king had 2 sons named Nandi and Silada. Silada did tough penance and gave up food and had only stone, the god got pleased by his devotion and made him the holy hills and started living there. The other son, Nandi then did penance for Lord Shiva, so God converted him also into his Vahanam.
The spot where Nandi did penance is where The Mahanandi Temple exists today. A rather unbelievable fact is that not even the outgoing water of Mahanandi Temple is wasted as it is used for irrigation purposes. Mahanandi Temple is known to attract a lot of tourists and pilgrims to Andhra Pradesh.