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Ayyappa Swamy Temple Dwarapudi

This is a temple complex where Swami Ayyapa temple and four floor high Eswara temple is located side by side. Popularly known as Sabarimala of Andhra Pradesh this temple is visited by many devotees of nearby places and those who can’t afford to visit Sabarimala in Keral state conclude their Swami Puja here. This Ayyapa Gudi of Dwarapudi is located in East Godavari district.

Ayyappa Swamy Temple Dwarapudi History

The Idol of Ayyappa Swamy was installed in the year 1989 by Kanchi Peetadhi Pathi Swamy Jayendra Saraswati. This idol was prepared using five metals gold, silver, lead, copper and iron which is called Panchaloha. There are 18 holy steps to the shrines similar to Sabarimala steps.Devotees who practice Ayyappa Deeksha will their Deeksha by visiting this temple. Unlike Sabarimala, there is no age restriction for female devotees, anyone can visit this holy shrine. Devotees who can’t travel long used to end their Deeksha by visiting this temple. This temple will be heavily crowded during Makara Sankranti day. Thousands of devotees who were in Deeksha used to visit this temple to watch Makara Jyoti and Makara Vilakku which marks the ends of their Deeksha. On Makara Sankranti day, Lord Ayyappa will be taken out in a procession on a Hamsa shaped chariot.
There are many other temples located within the temple complex. There is a shrine for Lord Siva, Venkateswara Swamy and Saibaba. Huge Statues of Anjaneya, Ganesha, Nandi, Nataraja in the premises attracts devotees.
By road this temple is connected by a bypass road to NH 5. This bypass road starts from Katipudi Jn on NH 5. Katipudi is 130 KM from Visakhapatnam on NH 5. From Katipudi after travelling 21 KM on Kakinada road at Pithapuram you need to take a right turn at a four road junction towards Samalkot . At this junction at Pithapuram, towards your left side will be famous Sri Kukkuteswara Swamy temple. From here Samalkot is 12 KM and from Samalkot Dwarapudi temple is 32 KM. Further from Dwarapudi temple the same road will join NH 5 at Dowlaiswaram barrage at Rajahmundry ( 15 KM ). The eastern delta canal will be flowing at your left side upto the Dowlaiswaram barrage where it originates from river Godavari.
Ayyappa Swamy Temple Dwarapudi Timings:
  • Morning Hours: 6:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Evening Hours: 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Address:

  • Kakinada-Rajahmundry Canal Road, Dwarapudi, Dwarapudi Village, Andhra Pradesh 533341

Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari Temple Penugonda

Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameshwari temple is located  in Penugonda,West Godavari District.Penugonda is a Birth Place of Goddess Sri Vasavi Kanyaka arameswari Devi. This Temple is considered as the “Kasi of Vysyas” and is a holy place for vysyas.The Birth Place of Vasavi Matha. The holy Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari temple which finds mention in various ancient religious texts. Penugonda is 35km from Tadepalligudem, 15km from Tanuku, 15km from Palakollu, 50km from Rajahmundry.

History:

                  The land of Vysyas with its capital Penugonda, known as garden of peace plunged in sorrowDuring the middle of tenth century, the two tall temple gopurams of Sri Nagareswara and Sri Janardhana exhibited the tolerance and amnity between the two great religions Saivism and Vaishnavism. It was during this time; Kusuma Sresti was ruling the city of Penugonda. His rule was considered as a golden era. His wife was Kusumamba, they were an ideal couple and great devotees of Sri Nagareswara. Penugonda was a part of Vengidesha, which was ruled by Challukya King, Vishnu Vardhana.
                 They had spent many happy years of their married life, but had a worry because they didn’t had any children. They performed putrakameshti yagam and were blessed by Goddess Sarvani with twins, a boy and a girl. Twins were born in the month of vaisaka at twilight during coincidences of Uttara and Kanya nakshatra. They named the boy as “Virupaksha” and the girl as “Vasavamba”. Sri Baskaracharya was the teacher and guiding star of the community. Vysyas took his advice on religion, cultural and social matters. Under his guidance, Vasavi learnt all the fine arts and got mastery over philosophical subjects and Virupaksha learnt horse riding,martial arts,Vedas,fencing and other qualities to rule the country.
  Once, Vishnu vardhana went trip to extend his empire. On the way, he visited city of Penugonda and was welcomed by King Kusuma Sresti. The people looked at him with awe and reverence. Among the crowd, Vishnu Vardhana spotted Vasavi who was glittering with her beauty after when Manmatha (god of love) threw his sweet arrows on him, which influenced him a lot. His hawkish eyes again and again sought for the enchanting figure of Vasavi. He made up his mind to marry her and sent his ministers to talk to Kusuma Sresti.
              Kusuma Sresti was neither in a position to accept nor to deny. He could not show any anger or disturbed mind and told the ministers that Vysya community has certain norms to follow regarding the marriage of its daughter. The minister’s response is that the king wanted to marry Vasavi and that should take place. He consulted with the Vysya elders to discuss the situation. They all decided to give most importance to the views of Vasavi. She expressed her feelings to be a virgin throughout her life and intended to meditate upon endless problems.
                 The King Vishnu Vardhana rose into anger when heard the denial of Kusuma Sresti to give his daughter. As a result, he sent his big army to attack Penugonda and to get Vasavi. There was a big fight and the brave Vysyas defeated Vishnuvardhana’s army by using the techniques of Sama, Dhana, Veda and Dhanda. At this stage, Vasavi decided to enter the Homagundam to stop the atrocities. She indicated she will be the first one to enter the homogundam and others may follow her, such a noble act will glorify the peace loving Arya Vysysa sect of generation.
                   On the banks of Godavari, 103 Agnigundas were constructed and then filled it with sandalwood, ghee and herbs was spread in to that. Everyone decided to act in accordance with Vasavi. The couples of 102 Gothras were joining Vasavi to plunge into the holy fire.All the people realized that Vasavi was the incarnation of Goddess Parvathi. Vasavoi smiled and revealed her true self the Vishwa roopa dharsan of Kanyaka Parameswari, the incarnation of Dharmaraksha and Ahimsa.
                 When Vasavi entered the homagundam of raging fire, suddenly the fire became a cool breeze and Agni Deva came out with folded hands and said that he could not bear Vasavi who was hotter than him. Vasavi told Agni Deva that she do not want to perform Agni pariksha, she would grow cooler to him and he can transport her and others to Kailash through her transplanatory prowess. She performed Agni Pravesam to reach kailash and others followed her.
               After the sudden demise of Vishnuvardhana, his son Prince Rajaraja Narendra visited the land of Penugonda with a retinue of peace loving citizens. Vasavi was worshipped as Kanyakaparameswari. The first temple for Vasavi was built in Penugonda.

Famous Temple Near to Vasavi Temple:

Sri Nagareshwara Swamy temple:
           The other Famous Temple is Nagareshwara Swamy temple,it is dedicated to Lord Shiva. One of the rarest feature of this temple is  here we can find 2 bulls(Nandi) in front of the lord (Normally there will be only one bull in front of the lord.)

Temple Timings:

Morning : 06-00 AM to 12-00 PM Evening : 03-30 PM to 08-00 PM

Address:

Sri Vasavi Temple,
Penugonda – 534 320
West Godavari Dist., AndraPradesh

Lord Rama Temple Gollala Mamidada

Gollala Mamidada in East Godavari district is renowned for historic temples: SRI SURYA NARAYANA SWAMI TEMPLE and SRI KODANDA RAMA AALAYAM. The beautiful village of G MAMIDADA is well connected from near by towns like Kakinada (20 kms) or Rajahmundry (58 kms)or Amalapuram (65 kms).

Incepted by late Sri Kovvuri Basivi Reddy Garu in 1920, the Gollalamamidada Rama temple is a popular Hindu shrine in Southern India. The temple is popular all over the state of Andhra Pradesh and is known as Gopurala Mamidada. A special attraction of Gollalamamidada Rama temple is its 170 feet high Gopuram. April 19 is a special day at the Gollalamamidada Rama temple and wedding ceremony of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita is held on this day every year at the temple. The temple is situated in an area of 16 acres and the temple complex is being aesthetically maintained by the management committee.

Archanas or regular Pooja is conducted at the temple daily. The ceremony of Abhisheka is conducted as enlisted in the sashtras and thousands of devotees from all over the region make it a point to attend the Pooja festivities. Devotees have a firm belief in Lord Rama and make vows to return to the temple, once their wishes are fulfilled. Executive officer has been appointed by Government of Andhra Pradesh to look after the affairs of the temple since 1991. Prior to that, the management of the temple was being looked by the family of late Sri Kovvuri Basivi Reddy Garu.

Gollala Mamidada (East Godavari): Sri Kodanda Rama temple, which is located at Gollala Mamidada village in East Godavari district, was decked up on the eve of Sri Rama Navami festival. The temple houses the idols of Lord Rama, Goddess Sita and Lakshmana. The temple has an impressive Gopuram which is at a height of over 170 feet. Gollala Mamidada is a well-known place in the district where Srirama Navami will be celebrated in a grand manner. The temple was constructed in 1889 by Dwarampudi Subbi Reddy and Rama Reddy. Celestial wedding of Lord Rama and Sita will be performed at the temple on April 19 on a grand scale. The Kalyanam attracts thousands of devotees as Gollala Mamidada is also known as Chinna Bhadradi. The nine-day celebrations will start on April 19, according to temple authorities. Elaborate arrangements have been made for the devotees to protect them from scorching summer heat. Notably, Ms Dwarampudi Mahalakshmi is the acting hereditary trustee of temple.

The Kalyanam of Sita and Rama will start at 12 noon followed by chariot procession and other ceremonies. The Kalyanam here is popular after Bhadrachalam Kalyanam. Hence, scores of devotees throng the temple to witness the celestial wedding. East Godavari Collector Neetu Kumari Prasad, Anaparthi MLA Nallamilli Sesha Reddy along with their spouses will offer silk clothes to the presiding deities on the occasion. Therefore, devotees arrive at the more than 100-year-old temple on Thursday night. The temple committee made arrangements accordingly. The committee will organise ‘Annadanam’ for the devotees on the occasion. The speciality of the festival is the celebration of ‘Ooyala Seva’ and ‘Sri Pushpa Yagam,’ which will be conducted on a grand note. The Kalyanam will be performed under the supervision of temple main priests Rejeti Venkat Kurma Ranganathacharyulu, Rejeti Narsimhacharyulu and Ponduru Satyanaranacharyulu of Kakinada Notably, the devotees believe that their wishes would be fulfilled if they witness the Kalyanam and childless couples would beget children.

Gollala Mamidada Temple Timings :
Morning : 6 am to 12 pm
Evening : 4 pm to 8.30 pm

Gollalamamidada rama temple address: 

Gollala Mamidada, Peddapudi Mandal, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh

Pin code: 533344.

Veerabhadra Swamy Temple Pattiseema

Pattiseema is one of the beautiful places, located around 40 km from Rajamahendravaram and is a popular among Indian film makers. The major attraction of this place is Shri Veerabhadra Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located on a hill in the centre of the Godavari River. The temple has a huge sculpture of Goddess Bhadrakali wearing many ornaments and a sword.
History of Veerabhadra Swamy Temple Pattiseema:
Apart from this, Pattiseema is home to another beautiful temple, which was built in the memory of Sri Bhavanarayana Swamy Built in the 16th century, Veerabhadra Temple is a Dravidian structure with lots of paintings and carvings on exposes surfaces. Look for the colorful depictions of Rama and Krishna–these are scenes from the Ramayana and other epic stories. Nearby, you’ll also see a large statue of a bull (Shiva’s mount), cut from a single block of stone. Arrange your visit to Veerabhadra Temple and discover more family-friendly attractions in Lepakshi using our Lepakshi travel itinerary planner.
The place held a pleasant surprise for city dwellers. The famous temple of Sri Veerabhadra is picturesquely located on a hillock known as Devakuta Parvatha situated in the middle of the river Godavari. The backdrop of hillocks, the golden sand, undulating waters, the floral tips of wild grass waving in the cool breeze set the mood as one get ready for the visit to the ancient temple, considered to be one of the Panchakashi Kshetrams of the Shivaites, with a peaceful bent of mind.
The temple belongs to 12th Centuty. The temple has a beautiful Nandi Vigraha. Carved images of dancing people adorn the walls.In the bed of the River Godavari, near Rajamundry, are two hillocks lying in the opposite direction of one another separated by a distance of approximately three miles. The northern hillock is known as Mahanandi Swaram, and the southern hillock was named Pattiseema, getting its name from the prior mythylogical story. This hillock is surrounded by Papi hills and abounds in natural beauty and situated in the middle of the river Godavari it is also called as Devakutadri. Sri Veera-bhadra Swamy Temple, which is picturesquely located on a hill known as Devakuta Parvatha in the middle of the Godavari river.

Temple Timings: 06.00 am to 08:00 pm.

Address:

Pattiseema, Andhra Pradesh 534341 West Godavari district

KADIRI LAKSHMI NARASIMHA SWAMY TEMPLE

Sri Kadiri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple at a distance of 1.5 km Kadiri Railway Station, 100 km from Anantapur, 113 km from Kadapa, 458 km from Hyderabad, 476 km from Vijayawada, and 174 km from Bangalore, Sri Kadiri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple is located in Kadiri town in Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh. The temple is dedicated to Lord Narasimha, a Man-lion form and is one of the 10 avatars of Lord Vishnu.

Kadiri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple History:

It is known from the inscriptions on the Temple walls, that Swamy appeared in the dream of Veera Bukka
Rayalu of Vijayanagar dynasty and revealed his whereabouts. King along with his staff then recovered the Idol (Saligramam) from the roots of the tree and built the temple.

Phase Construction Details:
First Phase Bukka Raya I completed Gopuram Construction in 1353 AD
Second Phase Harihara Raya made additions during 1356 – 1418 AD
Third Phase Sri Krishna Devaraya renovated in 1509 – 1529 AD

Lord Narasimha in this temple is swayambhu emerging from the roots of Khadri tree (Indian mulberry). The specialty of this temple is that after the daily Abhishekam is performed, the idol of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha oozes sweat continuously even after repeatedly wiping off sweat by the temple priests.

  • Distance (From Anantapur): 100 Kms
  • Visited From: Anantapur
  • Trip Duration (Including Travel): 4-6 Hours
  • Place Location: Between Anantapur And Madanapalle
  • Transportation Options: Bus / Cab

The construction of this temple is said to have been commenced during the Western Chalukya rule but it was completed during the time of Vijayanagara rulers. The inscriptions in the temple relate mostly to the Vijayanagar period. One of them states that the temple was built by a Nayaka during the reign of Bukka I in 1332 AD. The raja gopuram was built by Harihararaya. The popular king of Vijayanagara Sri Krishna Devaraya and Maharashtra King Shivaji visited this famous temple and constructed sub temples and Mahishasuramardini Temple respectively.

The temple is enclosed in large walled compound with 4 entrances having a gopura over each entrance. On the eastern entrance one can see the idol of Anjaneya. Garbgriha is decorated beautifully with four lions in corner. There is an idol of Prahalada standing beside the lord. Sri Mahalakshmi, the Lords consort is known here by the name of Sri Amruthavalli. The procession image of the deity is in the form of Vishnu made of metal with Bhudevi and Sridevi on either side. The temple is facing east; with a large pushkarini (temple tank) in the north east corner of the temple.
Inside the temple, every wall is covered with beautiful and delicate carvings of gods and puranic scenes.

Annual chariot festival or Rathothsavam is conducted every year in this temple in grand manner. On this holy day a huge Chariot with Lord Lakshmi Narasimha presiding in it is pulled by hundreds of devotees on the streets. Lakhs of devotees attend this Rathothsavam to participate in the festival.

Accommodation at reasonable rates is available in temple premises and is managed by temple administration.

Timings: 6.30 AM – 12.30 PM and 4.30 PM – 8.30 PM

RAGHAVENDRA SWAMY TEMPLE IN MANTRALAYAM

Mantralayam is associated with the famous saint Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy, renowned Hindu saint and philosopher. At a distance of 20 Kms from Mantralayam, Panchamukhi Anjaneya Temple is situated at Panchamukhi in Karnataka, on the other side of River Tungabhadra. Panchamukhi is said to be the place where Raghavendra Swamy has performed meditation for 12 years before settling in Mantralaya. This is an important pilgrimage site for devotees visiting Mantralayam.

HISTORY OF MANTRALAYAM

Mantralayam is associated with the famous saint Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy, renowned Hindu saint and philosopher. Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy, lived between 1595 and 1671 was an influential saint in Hinduism. Followers of the saint consider him to be an incarnation of Bhakta Prahallada, who was saved by Vishnu in the avatar of Narasimha. Sri Raghavendra Swamy is said to have performed many miracles during his lifetime and has a large following even today. Mantralayam is a small and peaceful town situated on the banks of the River Tungabhadra and gets thousands of devotees from all over the country. He also served as the head of Sri Mutt of Kumbakonam from 1621 to 1671.

Darshan Timings: 6 AM to 8:30 AM, 9:30 AM to 2 PM & 4 PM to 9.30 PM.

  • Nearest city to MantralayamKurnool (74 Kms), Hyderabad (253 Kms).
  • Best Time to Visit MantralayamAugust to March
  • Peak SeasonAugust to September
  • StateAndhra Pradesh
  • DistrictKurnool
  • Mantralayam WeatherSummer: Maximum – 41°C & Minimum – 22°C
    Winter: Maximum – 30°C & Minimum – 15°C
  • Ideal Trip DurationFull Day
  • Base StationMantralayam, Kurnool (74 Kms)

Mantralayam is also popular for Manchalamma Temple located near the Samadhi Temple, inside the Mantralayam Mutt complex. It is a custom at Mantralayam that the devotees offer prayers at the Manchalamma Temple before visiting the Samadhi Temple. As per records, the barren land around Mantralayam along the river banks of Tungabhadra was handed over to the Mutt of Sri Raghavendra Swamy by Nawab Siddi Masud Khan of Adoni. Panchamukhi Anjaneya Temple, Chinna Tumbalam, Bichchali and Alampur are the nearby attractions to Mantralayam.

The male devotees who want to perform Pooja themselves have to wear dhoti. While male devotees paying normal visit have to remove their shirt and female devotees have to wear Sarees or other traditional cloths.

Accommodation is provided by the Mutt near the temple and room charges vary between Rs. 200 to Rs. 1000 per day (online booking not available yet). Private hotels and lodges also provide accommodation. It is advised to book the accommodation in advance as the place attracts devotees throughout the year.

Hyderabad Airport is the nearest airport, 236 km from Mantralayam. The nearest railway station is Mantralayam Road Station on Madras-Raichur route, which is about 15 km away from Mantralayam town. It has train connectivity with Bangalore, Coimbatore, Varanasi, Aurangabad, Ahmedabad, Tuticorin, Shirdi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Dadar, Nagarcoil, Chennai, Kolhapur, Kanyakumari, Nanded, New Delhi, Gulbarga, Mysore and Tirupati. Mantralayam is well connected by bus with Bangalore, Kurnool, Raichur, Hyderabad, Tirupati and Chennai.
Usually it takes one full day to visit Mantralayam and nearby places.

Suggested Plan:

  • Try to reach Mantralaya before 7 a.m .There are quite a few choultry/accommodation available.
  • Take tickets for “Sevas” as early as possible.
  • People generally take a dip in Tungabadhra before doing the Seva
  • Get ready by 8 a.m to do Sankalpa of Sevas.
  • Get the Darshanam of Panchamrita, Kanaka Pooja and other Sevas.
  • Then do Pradakshina and Namaskara .
  • Around noon,adjacent to the Brindavan,watch the Mahapooja to Moola Rama,Mukhyaprana and Brindavana
  • Tiirtha prasada [lunch] is served around 1 p.m.

ADDRESS/LOCATION:

Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt, Cro Office, Mantralayam Kurnool Dist, Andhra Pradesh, Adoni Yemmiganur Mantralaya Road, Mantralayam, Kurnool – 518345

 

Kolletikota Peddintlamma Temple At Kolleru

Kolleti Kota Peddintlamma Temple It takes 55 minutes to travel from Eluru to Peddintlamma Temple. Approximate driving distane  between Eluru and Peddintlamma Temple is 46 kms or 28.6 miles or 24.8 nautical miles . Travel time refers to the time taken if the distance is covered by a car.Kolleti Kota Peddintlamma Temple is located near Akividu, Kaikaluru Mandal in Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh. KolletiKota is just 20 KM from Eluru and 10 KM away from Akividu.

History of Kolleti Kota Peddintlamma:

It is said that this temple had been constructed by a king named Ammadevarayulu from Orissa during the 11th century. Peddintlamma is the elder of all the 108 Grama Devatas so had been named Peddintlamma and as she is located near huge water body of Kolleru she had also been devoted as Jala Durga Devi at the same premises of Peddintlamma. Both Peddintlamma and Jala Durga Devi Sharing the same Garbha Gruha is a very rare and the speciality of this temple.

The tourists would be provided darshan at Sri Peddintlamma Devastanam in Kolleti Kota village, said Andhra Pradesh Project Facilitators and Consultancy Services Limited (APPFCS) Chief Consultant K. Lakshminarayana.During boat ride tourists can visit Upputeru canal which flows into Bay of Bengal separating Krishna and West Godavari districts, Peddintlamma temple, wooden bridge and the bird sanctuary. As part, the consultancy is planning to construct resorts at Alapadu village. Similarly, the tourism circuit would be developed in Visakhapatnam district with Rs. 250 crore and Konaseema Tourism Circuit in East Godavari district.

Kolletikota is a hamlet which comprises five villages and is located in the Krishna district. It is famous for the Kolleti Kota Peddintlamma Temple, which is a highly revered temple of the area which draws a large number of devotees from many parts of the district as well as the state. The presiding deity of this temple which is believed to have constructed in 11th Century is Goddess Peddintlamma. The 9 feet high idol of the goddess is kept in the temple which is very pleasant to watch. It is also famous about the residents of this village that even the snake bite from a cobra has no effect on them due to the presence of a special plant that grows in the area.

  • Which is the perfect time to visit Kolletikota?

It is recommended that you plan your trip to Kolletikota in the winter season when the weather and atmospheric conditions are favourable. The winter season falls in December to February.

The annual festival begins from palguna suddha padyami to pournami. kalyanam is on palguna suddha dwadasi. on palguna dwadasi every year kalyanam will be for jaladurga and gokarneswara swamy by peddintlamma thalli. gokarneswara swamy temple is in gokarnapuram away from kolletikota by 3miles distance. this temple was constructed in 11th century by langula gajapathi raju a surya vamsi of kaasi gotra (VADDI RAJULU). with the help of elephants. on the occassion of kalyanam pedda praba and chinna praba(radhams) will come to kolletikota from pandiripallegudem(kotalanka).                                                                                                                                                                 The villagers of this village believe that poisnous snake bite of indian cobra does nothing to them beacause of thella gilledu plant in underground of the island. before these plants are on the surface of island due to sand sedimentation and sand over turns happend in ancient days merged the plants inside the ground.

TEMPLE TIMINGS:

6 a.m to 1 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

ADDRESS:

Kolletikota, Andhra Pradesh 521340 Krishna district

Kumararama Bhimeswara Temple Samarlakota

Samalkot is located at a distance of 12 km from Kakinada, 52 Km from Rajahmundry. Bhimavaram (Lat. 17o 02’N, Long. 82o 12’E), which now forms part of Samalkot town, is known as Bhimavara Kshetram with its famous temple of Kumararama Bhimesvara. The village was known in the past as Chalukya Bhimavaram according to the inscriptions found in the temple. It is situated at a distance of about 11 kilometers to the North of Kakinada in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh and is on the Chennai Howrah broad gauge railway line of South Central Railway.

  • Distance (From Kakinada): 12 Kms
  • Visited From: Kakinada
  • Trip Duration (Including Travel): 2 Hours
  • Transportation Options: Bus / Cab

Kumararama Bhimeswara Temple Samarlakota History:

Demon Tarakasura theft Amrutha Atma Linga which emerged out during Ksheerasagar Mathanam (drillingOcean of Milk). Tarakasura wearing this Linga around his neck, with its supernatural powers, he was unbeatable. Kumara Swamy son of Siva and Parvathi, who was the commander-in-chief for deities came face to face with Tarakasura in the war. Kumara Swamy used his Sakthi weapon to kill Tarakasura.Kumaraswamy repeatedly broke Tarakasura body into pieces and it was reunified again. Kumaraswamy was confused and sought advice from Vishnu.Lord Maha Vishnu advised Kumara Swamy to break shiva linga into pieces, only then the demon can be killed. Maha Vishnu also said that even after breaking the shiva linga, the pieces will try to reunite again.To prevent this reunion, all these broken pieces should be fixed in those places where they fall, by worshiping and building temples on top it.As advised by Maha Vishnu, Kumara Swamy used his Agni weapon to break the Siva Linga worn by the demon. The Atma Linga broken into five pieces, the broken pieces tried to reunite by making the chant ‘om’. To prevent this Indra, Surya (Sun), Chandra (Moon), Vishnu and Kumara Swamy worshipped the Linga’s at the respective places. Kumara Swamy had installed the Siva Linga here.From inscriptions, it is known that this temple was built by Eastern Chalukyan king Bhima during 9th and 10th centuries.

This place was known as Purva Chalukya Bhimavaram as the Eastern Chalukyans ruled this place. The temple was built by Chalukya Kumara Rama during the end of 9th century as a celebration of his victories in more than 300 wars. A mantapam supported with one hundred pillars is built here along with Eka Shila Nandi (Single Stone Bull) at the temple entrance opposite to Shiva Lingam. Goddess Shri Bala Thripura Sundari is also worshipped in this temple. Pushkarni Lake is situated to the east of temple. The main entrance to the temple is called Surya Dwaram.

Festivals:

  • Kalyana Mahotsam & Mahashivratri are most celebrated festivals here.
  • Maha Shiva Ratri(February/March)
  • Saran Nava Rathrulu(Dessara 10 days)
  • Karthika Masam(October/Novermber)

There are quite a good number of devotees visiting this temple. The total maintenance activities are taken care by the Government of Andhra Pradesh. Several parts of the temple are in a very bad shape and renovation activities are going on. Along with this activity, a garden is also being made for visitors to make this place a picnic spot. During November-December (Karthika and Margashira masam) months daily Abhisheka is carried out. There will be Utsavam (Kalyana Mahotsam) during February-March (Magha Bahula Ekadashi day) time. Till Maha Shivarathri grand celebrations in the temple can be seen. There will be a car festival during Sivarathri. Lord Bhimeswara Swamy is installed (Prathishthapana) by Kumara Swamy (son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati) and hence the temple is called KumaraRama. Temple timings are from morning 6.00am to 12.00 noon and after noon 4.00pm to 8.00pm.

Additional places of interest around Samalkot include Draksharama, Annavaram, Thalupulamma Thalli and Rajahmundry. Budget hotels are available in Samalkot to stay. Travellers can also make Rajahmundry as the center place for their trip.

Accommodation:

Guest Houses available are:
1.R & B Guest House is available at Peddapuram which is at a distance of 5 Kms.

Timings: 6 AM to 12 PM & 4 PM to 8 PM

Address:

Sri Chalukya Kumararama Sri Bhimeswaraswamy vari Temple
Ryali,
East Godavari District
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Sri Kanaka Mahalakshmi Temple Visakhapatnam

Shri Kanaka Mahalakshmi temple, is a historical place with strong religious background connected to the city. Kings of Visakhapatnam were great devotees of Shri Kanaka Mahalakshmi, who is believed to be the personification of Shri Lakshmi. The divine idol is admired and worshipped by the local people as Ammavari. It is believed that Goddess Shri Kanakamalahshmi is considered the family deity of rulers of this area and the present location of the temple was in the ramparts of their fort.  This temple area is known as Burujupeta, ever since the statue of Ammavari was found from a well close to Buruju, which means fort.

MAIN DEITY:

The lady devotees have staunch belief that the Goddess blesses them with “Sumangali bhagyam”(to live with their husbands for long) . The devotees of Goddess bring their newly born babies to the temple and keep them at the feet of Goddess and seek blessings.

Sri Kanaka Mahalakshmi Temple Vizag Entry Fee:

  •  20 per person for Special Darshan
  •  200 per person for Ksheerabhishekam (only on Fridays / 8:00 AM)
  •  50 per person for Samuhika Ashtothara Kukumarchana
  •  516 per couple for Panchamruthabhishekam
  •  10 per person for Kesakhandan
  •  200 per person for Margasiramasa Special Darshan
  •  100 for Heavy Vehicles (4 Wheeler) Pooja
  •  25 for Two/Three wheeler Vehicles Pooja

Every year, a month long Margasira Masa Mahothsvam is celebrated.  During this time, Goddess blesses with Annadanam. Almost 300 people are fed with prasadam and food every day, and on Thursdays the number of devotees increases to 600 which are known as Saswatha Annadanam, which is the right day to have Shri Kanaka Mahalakshmi’s blessings.  On the final day of the festival, almost 10000 people are fed, and  this entire one month festival is carried on with the collections from the devotees and philanthropists.  Recently, Maladharana celebration has started with two vital poojas, Margasira Deeksha and Mandala Deeksha, during which devotees throng to get specially blessed by the deity.

On Ugadi day, which is the New Year in Andhra, the Goddess  is decked with ornaments of silver, giving a heavenly darshan.  On Navrathri occasion, on the 5th day, Goddess is decorated with Laksha kumkumarchana marking Sarannavrarathri.  Since our Hindu almanac has festivals lined up through the entire year, devotees visit 365 days, to pray to their miraculous Goddess,  to save and protect them. Burujupeta is definitely a divine place to retreat.

Sri Kanaka Mahalakshmi Temple Vizag Timings:

Day Timing
Monday 5:00 am – 5:00 am
Tuesday 5:00 am – 5:00 am
Wedesday 5:00 am – 5:00 am
Thursday 5:00 am – 5:00 am
Friday 5:00 am – 5:00 am
Saturday 5:00 am – 5:00 am
Sunday 5:00 am – 5:00 am

Note:

Temple is closed from 11:00 am to 11:30 am & 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm for Cleaning

Daily Pooja / Sevas Timings:

Name of the Seva Timings:

Panchamruthabhishekam, Sahasranamarchana, Balabhoga Nivedhana5:00 am to 6:00 am
Sarva Darsanams 6:00 am to 11:00 am
Panchamruthabhishekam, Astotharanamarchana,
Rajabhogam, Mahanivedhana
11:30 am to 12:00 pm
Sarva Darsanams 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Panchamruthabhishekam, Astothara Sathanamarchana,
Sayamnivedhana
6:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Sarva Darsanams 6:30 pm to 5:00 am
KumKum Pooja 7:00 am to 9:00 pm
Ksheerabhishekam Pooja 8:00 am to 9:00 am (Performed on
every Friday)

Address:

Town Kotha Rd, Burujupeta, Chengal Rao Peta, Jagadamba Junction, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh 530001

 

Sri Jagajjanani Temple Nandyal

“Sri Jagajjanani Temple” is one of a kind temple, located at Nandyal in the state of Andhra Pradesh. which is 40 Kms from Nandyal. Veerabrahmendra Swamy Temple and Matam is famous in Banaganapalle.Just 25 km away from BanaganPalle, there is a 2nd largest cave in India. The name of cave is Belum Cave. Hindu pilgrimage place, which is named for Sri Yaganti Uma Maheswara Temple. This is 14 km west of Banagapalle on the Banaganapalle-Peapully road.As the name suggests, the temple is dedicated to the Mother of theworld including all Gods and Goddesses. A lot of people come here every year to visit and pray to the goddess of entire universe.

Importance of Sri Jagajjanani Temple

Importance of this temple can be understood from the fact that this is the only second temple of its kind in the whole world. The first one of this kind is located in Himalayas near Lake ManasaSarovaram, which already collapsed and that’s why this is the only temple which is consisting of Sri Jagajjanani Idol in entire world.A temple dome or top is known as Gopuram in Telugu. Gopuram of this temple consist of all the forms of Gods and Goddesses including “Kalpa Vrukshamu”, “Holy seven sages”,” Holy seven mothers” (Saptha Matrukalu), “Mukkoti Devathalu”, “ Crores of living beings”, “Ashtadasa Sakthi Peetalu” and “Nava Durgas”. This gopuram makes it rare and sacred in itself.

The idol situated here is one of the rarest idols in the world. The architecture of the idol indicates that the entire universe, including all Gods, Goddesses and life, has emerged from the Goddess herself. It consists of 8 hands and 5 faced Shiva in her Stomach, 4 faced Brahma in her left 3rd hand and Sri Maha Vishnu at her Feet. On the right hand side, she holds Moon in 1st hand, Earth in 2nd hand, Sun, Lakshmi Devi in 3rd hand, 3rd eye, The Trisulam in the 4th hand. Brahma came from the stomach navel in thread of Lotus of Vishnu. And also she is sitting on her vehicle “lion”, under a Big Snake which contains 17 heads as an Umbrella.

Legend associated with the temple states that, when Sri Jagajjanani Matha decided to start the life on earth, she came to earth and incarnated herself in Himalyas near ManasaSarovaram Lake. All gods and goddesses used to come and take a bath in the same lake and to pray the mother goddess. Sri Jagajjanani forms both the Husband and wife forms when she needs them and do not have a separate form for each of them. To start life on earth she gave her male forms as Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and female forms as Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati to produce, develop and stop life on earth. It is believed that the Goddess incarnated herself in Nandyal after Himalyas.

About Poojas and Festivals in Sri Jagajjanani Temple

Pournami Poojas, Rahu Kala Poojas and Amavasya are performed on regular basis in the temple. These poojas are performed here every day as per the schedule. There is a belief among devotees that if someone starts a pooja on a particular day, he should perform the same pooja on same day for 21 weeks.

Darsan Timings:

  • 06:00 AM to 01:00 PM and from 02:00 PM to 09:00 PM (Everyday)
    Not Allowed: The Children below and equal to 15 years of age are not allowed into Inner Room (Garbalayamu) of the Sri Jagajjanani Temple.

Address:

  • Sri Durga Friends Unit, Sri Jagajjanani Nagar, Kurnool, Nandyal, Andhra Pradesh 518501