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Kumararama – Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

Kumararama – Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

Sacred to the great Lord Shiva, Kumararama Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple is one of the Pancharama Kshetras in India. It is located in Samarlakota of East Godavari at Andhra Pradesh.  The other four temples are Amararama, Draksharama, Ksheerarama and Somarama.  It has been written in the Puranas, that to visit a Shiva temple a person has to have the “yogam” / “Yog”(opportunity given by god/boon). So if you are seeking Moksha you should visit this place blessed with pure sanctity.

Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

History of Samarlakaota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

There is an interesting legend regarding the name of the place and with the existence of Lord Shiva manifesting here. During the legendary Tarakasura vadha, the Shiva Linga which was in the throat of Tarakasura broke into five pieces and one of the pieces fell here. Thereafter, it came to be known as Kumararama. Lord Bhimeswara Swamy was placed here by Kumara Swamy (son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati) and hence the temple is called Kumararama. This temple was built in Dravidian style, by the King Chalukya Bhima. Hence the name came to be known as Bhimeswara.

Significance of the Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

  • The temple has carvings of apsaras on its walls.
  • The Chalukya king built this temple to record his history of 300 victories in wars.
  • Mantapam is supported with 100 pillars can be seen.
  • Eka Shila Nadi is placed opposite to the Shiva Lingam at the entrance.
  • The main entrance of the temple is also called as Surya Dwaram. The main shrine is a free standing monument lying at the centre of the inner enclosure. The temple is a rectangular structure and has two stories.
  • The lime stone Lingam, placed on the shrine, is 14 feet tall, such that it rises from the pedestal on the ground floor and enters the second floor by piercing the roof, where the Rudrabhaga is worshipped.
  • One can see the sculpture design of both Turpu chalukyas’ and kakatiyas. Here the Goddess knownas Bala Trupura sundari.

Timings of rituals at Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

  • From morning 6:00 a.m to afternoon 12:00 p.m.
  • In the evenings from 4:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m darshan takes place.

Festivals at Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

  • During Karthika and Margashira months that are November/December, Abhishekams are carried out every day.
  • During the months of February/March, Kalyana Mahotsam Magha Bahula Ekadashi day is celebrated reverently.
  • Dusherha is also celebrated in the months of October.
  • Till Maha Shivarathri, a lot of grand celebrations in the temple can be seen especially the car festival. These festivals are a grand spectre for visitors.

How to reach Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

  • By road: Samarlakota is 15 Kms from Kakinada, 49 kms from Rajahmundry, and 125 kms from Visakhapatnam, so frequent trains are easily there for transportation. Busses are available connecting this place through the National Highway.
  • By rail: it is on the Vijayawada-Howrah broad gauge railway line of South – Central Railway, a lot of trains stop here.
  • By air : Vishakapatnam is the nearest international airport and Rajahmundry nearest domestic airport .

Hotels near Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

  • Theatre Royal Hotel on 81, Seddon Street has themes rooms with antique furnishings that please all those who stay here.

Places near Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

  • Bhavanarayana swamy temple is a great place to visit that is believed to belong to Mauryas and the presiding immortal deity is Bhavanarayanaswamy.
  • Sri Golingeswara Swamy temple was built by the Eastern Chalukyas in the 9th-10th centuries. The temples are a fine example of the architectural grandeur that was prevalent in the Dravidian style.  A stone sculpture of Ganesha in the village shows true mastery of Chalukyan craftsmanship.
  • Ayyappa Swamy Temple is also called Andhra Sabarimala. In 1989, Swamy Ayyappa Panchaloha idol was installed in Dwarapudi temple in Mandapeta mandal of East Godavari district, by Shri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal, and also the largest Harihara statue. The holy eighteen steps and cluster of shrines are the attraction for this Ayyappa temple.
Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy temple

Ksheerarama – Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

Located in the West Godavari district of Andhra, Palakollu is a place famous for its grand temple of Lord Shiva that is considered to be one of the Pancharama temples. This temple is called Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy temple profoundly. The presiding deity here is Lord Shiva whose form was established by Lord Vishnu. Locally this temple is also known as Pedda Gopuram.

Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy temple

History of Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

The temple was constructed during the reign of Chalukya Bhima of Chalukya dynasty in the 9th century. Sri Velupathi designed it’s Prakara during the 10th century. The architecture is a clear reflection of the art practised during the Chalukya dynasty reigns. During the 14th century, the Gopuram was built by Sri Alladu Reddy. During the 17th century, Kalyana mantapam (choultry) and Ashtha Bhuja Lakshmi Narayanaswamy alaya were constructed.

Significance of Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

  • It is known and revered that the Shivalingam at Ksheerarama temple is the tallest one and found to be of a very unique milky white in color.
  • The shiva lingam which is known moola virat can be seen from all four sides of the sanctum sanctorum or garbha griha. In addition several other gods like the Sun God, Devi Parvati and Lakshmi, Veera Bhadra, Kanaka Durga, Nataraja, Shankara, Radha Krishna can also be viewed from all four sides.
  • Locally there is a saying that staying for a day at Ksheerama is equal to staying at Varanasi.
  • The temple has 72 pillars made of black stones.
  • The mythology of the temple was that during Tarakasura vadha, it is said that the Shivalingam which was present on the throat of Tarakasura, a powerful asura, was divided into five pieces.

Timings of rituals at Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

  • The temple remains open from 6:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m throughout the whole week.

How to reach Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

  • By road: buses are frequently available from all parts of Andhra Pradesh moving towards Bhimavaram to Palakollu.
  • By rail: trains are very much available on a regular basis from Vijaywada railway junction.
  • By airport: nearest aiport is Vijawada from where regular flights are available.

Hotels nearby Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple 

  • Palavalli Boutique Resorts which is 12km from Palakollu town centre has a great location where guests enjoy their peace and solitude.
  • Falcon Nest Hotel behind the coastal city centre at Bhimavaram is a grand place to check in.

Places nearby Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

  • Sri Someswara Temple which is 117 km from Vijaywada is one of the Pancharama Kshetras where one can visit to offer prayers to the Lord. It is said that the main Lingam was installed by Lord Chandra.
  • Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple is another pilgrim place to visit during this trip. It is located on the top of the Seshachala hill in Tirumala. The self-manifested Idol of the Lord of the temple was founded by saint Dwaraka .
  • Shri Lingaraj Temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to lord Harihara, a form of lord Shiva and is one of the oldest and largest temples in Bhubaneswar, the capital of the East Indian state of Odisha (formerly Orissa). The temple is the most prominent landmark of the Bhubaneswar city.
Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

Somarama is one of the Pancharama Kshetras which is located in Bhimavaram of West Godavari district. Somarama Temple Bhimavaram is also called as Someswara Temple and Bhimavaram. The existence of this temple can be traced to 4th century and was believed to be constructed by the King Chalukaya Bheema. The Shiva Lingam of the temple called as Someswara was believed to be installed by Lord Chandra (Soma). A tinge of modernity becomes conspicuous due to the coloured paintings and sculptures on the wall.

History of Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

The mythology of the temple was that during Tarakasura vadha, it is said that the Shivalingam which was present on the throat of Tarakasura, a powerful asura, was divided into five pieces. The Pancharama Kshetras are built on the place where the five pieces fell.

There are two famous legends about the temple. First one is widely illustrated in Hindu mythology as one of the PanchramaKshetras. The legend says that, the Shivalinga was owned by Rakshasa King Tarakasura and he was so powerful that no one could win over him due to the power of Shivalinga. Lord Kumara Swamy used his powers (Sakthi Ayudha) to kill Tarakasura into pieces but failed as they reunited again and again. On the guidance of Lord Sriraman Narayana who informed him to break the Shiva lingam worn by Tarakusura into pieces first and then place them in five different places forming the sacred temples (PancharamaKshetras). All these temples were formed by the power of Agniyasthra used by Lord Kumara Swamy. The Lord Chandra installed Shivalinga in Bhimavaram temple and hence the name SomeshwaraSwamy.

Another legend says that, Lord Shiva when destroyed Tripura’s during ‘Tripura Samharam’, all that was left was a Shivalingam in the throat of Lord of Tripuras was broken into five pieces and installed for worship in five different places as Pancharama Kshetras.

Significance of Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

  • The Pancharama Kshetras are: Amararama at Amaravati, Guntur Draksharama at Draksharama, East Godavari Somarama at Bhimavaram, West Godavari Ksheerarama at Palakol, West Godavari Bhimarama at Samarlakota, East Godavari.
  • Within the premises on to the left side of the entrance lie the shrines of Lord Hanuman, Lord Sriram, Lord Kumaraswamy and Navagrahas in a hall. On to the right is an open hall with a huge statue of Nandi.
  • One of the most special features of this temple is that the color of the Shivalingam will change its color regarding the lunar aspects, the shape of the illuminated (sunlit) portion of the Moon. And hence during Pournami (full moon days), the color of the Shivalingam will be in white and during Amavasya (dark nights), the color of the lingam will be shaded to black.
  • The other deities present in the temple are Goddess Adilakshmi, Lord Anjaneya Swamy, Lord Kumara Swamy, Sun God, Lord Ganesha, Navagraha (the nine planets) and Nandi (the mount of Lord Shiva). The Pushkarani (temple tank) of Somarama Temple is called as Soma Gundam Pushkarani.

Timings of Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

  • The temple remains open in the morning from 5.00 AM to 11.00 AM and in the evening from 4.00 PM to 8.00 PM.

Festivals at Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

  • Maha Shivaratri is a foremost festivals taking place in the months of February/March.
  • Sarannavarathri is another grand event that takes place during the months of September/October.

How to reach Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

  • By road: Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) runs buses frequently from Palakollu, Rajahmundry and Vijayawada.
  • By air: the nearest airport is Rajahmudry or Vijaywada from where flights can be availed.
  • By rail: the temple is 2km away from Bhimavaram railway station.

Hotels nearby Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

  • Visiv Stay-This lodge is located in Bhimavaram. It offers polished, sophisticated and a visual pleasure to its guests. The rooms are neat, well lit and are replete with all basic amenities.

Places nearby Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

  • Dwaraka Tirumala is visited for Chinna Tirupati Temple (Small Tirupati Temple), a Lord Venkateshwara Temple situated on the top of the Seshachala Hill.
  • Dindi is set about 80 kms from Rajahmundry and is characterised by a village character with virgin backwaters, palm-fringed canals, lakes, lagoons and rivulets around it.
  • Pithapuram and Draksharamam are two pilgrimage centres that are typically visited together with Kakinda as the base town for a stay.
  • The Bhadrachalam Temple Seetaramachandra Swamy temple is a 17th Century Lord Rama temple and a very important pilgrimage centre.
Pancharama Kshetras Temple Tour Draksharamam

Draksharamam

Draksharamam Bhimeswara Swamy Temple – Andhra Pradesh

Draksharamam Video 

Draksharamam Bhimeswara Swamy Temple in Andhra Pradesh is the abode of Lord Bhimeswara Swamy and Goddess Manikyamba. It is in Draksharamam, East Godavari District. The preceding deity is in the form of a “Linga”, 2.6 m tall of one large Crystal (known as the “Spatika Linga”). Another popular name of the temple is Dakshina Kasi Kshetram. The literal translation of Draksharamam is ‘Abode of Daksha Prajapathi’, the father of Sati and the father in law of Lord Shiva. Sati was the wife of Lord Shiva. The Draksharama Temple is one the Five Powerful Temples of Lord Shiva which are known as “Pancharamas” in Andhra Pradesh.

Draksharamam History

Bhimeswara Swamy temple or Draksharamam is 25 km from Amalapuram and 28 km away from Kakinada on the Eastern bank of Godavari River. The ‘Skanda Purana’ of Shri Vyasa exhaustively describes the history of this pilgrimage destination. According to mythology, when Dasksha decided to perform a Yagna, he made a trip to Kailash Parbat. He did so with an intention to invite the Gods and Goddesses to grace the occasion and sanctify the ‘Yagna’. However, the Lord was in a spiritual trance and did not realize that he had a visitor. Dasksha mistook this as being indifference on Lord Shiva’s part and returned without inviting the Lord and Sati. In spite of not getting the invitation, Sati expressed her desire to attend the pooja to the Lord. The Lord warned her that she will not be welcomed in her home but when Sati insisted, he let her go. As expected, Sati was not greeted warmly in her father’s house and everyone gave her the cold shoulder. Humiliated by this, Sati decided to give up her life instead of returning to her husband with a fallen face. She dropped down dead in her father’s house. When Shiva learnt about this tragedy, he sent his son Veerabhadra to break Daksha’s ego and he himself came down to Daksha’s home. Veerabhadra, along with other Siva Ganas, including Kali, brought down Daksha and destroyed the Yajna. Lord Shiva carried Sati’s dead body over his shoulders and danced the ‘Pralaya Thandava’ or the destruction dance. At this moment, Lord Vishnu descended and in order to redeem Lord Shiva’s grief, he cut down Sati’s body into 18 pieces with his ‘chakra’. The places on earth where the 18 pieces fell came to be known as the ‘Ashta Dasa Peethas’ and Sri Manikyamba of Draksharama is the twelfth of them and it is believed that the left cheek of Sati fell here.

Draksharamam Temple building is two storied and resembles a fort. There are 2 “Prakarams” or paths; outer and inner. The outer path has four entrances coming from four different directions. Each entrance has the most intricately carved Gopurams and is known to be in 4 different forms of Goddesses i.e. Gogulamma, Nookambika, Moodhambike, GhattambikeIn. The main deity of the temple is Lord Bheemeswar Swamy, in the form of a 2.6 mts tall Shiva Lingam (the tallest Shiva Lingam in the world) which is made of crystal and has black stripes on the upper portion. Legend has that these stripes were the markings of the tiger skin that Lord Shiva was wearing when he found with Arjun under the disguise of a hunter. The early morning sun light falls directly on the Shiva lingam. Visitors can take a flight of steps towards the upper level of the Sanctum to see the upper structure of Lord Bheemeswar Swamy.

Towards the back side of the temple is the shrine of Manikyamba Devi in the left corner. The Goddess is looking towards the left which signifies her as Vamachara Devatha.

Lord Vishnu, present at the temple with his consort Lakshmi Devi, is the Kshetrapalaka of Draksharamam. His shrine is at the entrance of main Temple.

There are other smaller shrines inside the main temple. Some of them are Praakara Bhairavudu, Viroopa, Natarajeshwar, Vaamana, Visheshwara, Dancing Ganapathi, Dundhi Ganapathi, Goddess Kanakadurga and Goddess Annapurna. The Kashi Vishweshwara Swamy temple faces south and is on the right side of Bheemeshwara Swamy temple.

The water from the Sapta Godavari Kundam (seven Godavari pond) is very sacred and is used for performing pooja. According to mythology, “Saptamaharishis” or the Seven Sages divided the Godavari River into seven streams in an attempt to end their penance. Of these seven streams, Draksharamam, Bharadhwaja, Viswamitra and Jamadagni streams known as the “Antarvahinis” and are believed to have gone underground. Later, these streams merged into a pond which is now known as Sapta Godavari Kundam.

Significance of Draksharamam Temple

  • The temple’s history can be dated back to the thirteenth century and it is one of the ‘Pancharamas’. It is an ancient and a holy pagoda and is a protected monument today. It is visited by thousands of devotees of Lord Shiva and Goddess Sati.
  • The Archaeological Department of India as taken the responsibility of restoring and renovating the beauty of the structure. Because of the inscriptions and epigraphs on the temple walls, this place is a paradise of historians and epigraphists.
  • The inscriptions date back to the 9th and 10th centuries during the reign of Chalukya King Bhima. During this time, the dynasty was under the attack by the Rashtrakotas. According to the inscriptions, Chalukyas had to fight over 360 battles. There are over 400 inscriptions that date back to the 11th Later this region was ruled by the Chola and Kalinga dynasty.
  • Devi Navaratrulu, Karthika Masam, Dhanurmasam, Birthday Celebration of Sri Bhimeswara Swamy varu, Subrahmanya Shasti, Maha Sivaratri and Kalyanam etc., are some of the important festivals celebrated at this Temple.
  • Draksharamam Temple follows an ancient South Indian Architectural style. Draksharamam Temple structure consists of 2 mandaps along with two walls. The sanctum or the inner garbhaalaya consists of intricate decor and crafting which showcases the work of master craftsmanship and represents cultural grandeur of the contemporary era.
  • The temple also serves as a library for students of archaeological architecture.
  • This inner sanctum consists of a pedestal which has been built for priests to perform their rituals. Aurangzeb, when he invaded the temple, plundered the diamonds that had been studded into the walls. Ever since then this sanctum remains dark as the diamonds acted as a light source.
  • Inside the temple, the ventilation and illumination are rather impressive and proves the sensibility of the contemporary architects of that time. One can feel the inflow of rejuvenating air and the lightning arrangements within the temple.
  • The inscriptions and scripts are written in Dravidian, Tamil, Devanagiri, Telugu scripts in Sanskrit and Telugu languages. The inscriptions speak of the Chola, Sathvahanas, Vijaynagara and Reddy dynasties that once ruled over this region.
  • The temple has been constructed in an area of over 12 acres and is surrounded by tall walls. 26 Lords reside in the temple as a family. The visitors are welcomed by Dundi Ganapati and Natya (Dancing) Ganapati at the main entrance. The trunk of Ganapati faces to his right similar to the Ganapati in Kasi. The temples of Lord Lakshmi Narayana Swamy, Goddess Annapurna along with Lord Visveswara Swamy and Virupaksha Swamy, Bala Bheemeswara, Saptha mathrukalu, Lord Suryanarayana Swamy, Lord Subrahmanyeswara Swamy, Lord Lakshmi Ganapati, Lord Brahma installed by Krishna Devaraya exist here. Also, present in the temple are the halls for Navagraha and Ashta Dikpalakas.

Draksharamam Temple Timings

  • The Draksharamam Temple opens at 6:00 AM and closes at 8:00 PM.
  • There is afternoon break between 12noon to 3pm during which the darshan is closed.
  • Once a month on Masa Shivaratri and once a year on Maha Shivaratri, the temple is open throughout the day starting from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Festivals celebrated at Draksharamam Temple

Maha Shivarathri is the busiest time in the temple. It comes in the month of February or March. Around the same time in the month, the marriage ceremony or “Sri Swamivari Kalyanam” is held on Bhishma Ekadasi. Following is the list of all the festivals that are celebrated at the temple, along with the months in which they are celebrated:

  1. Sarrannavarathri Festival from Asviyuja Suddha Padyami to Dwadasi every year (October)
  2. Kartheeka Monday Festivals and Jwalathoranam in Karteeka masam every year (November)
  3. Sri Swamyvari Birthday on Margasira Suddha Chaturdhasi every year (December).
  4. Shasti Festival in the Month of December every year
  5. Sri Swamyvari Kalyanam on Bhisma Ekadasi Day in Magha Masam Every year (February)
  6. Mahasivarathri Festival in Maghamasam every year (February-March).

Poojas and Rituals at Draksharamam Temple

  1. Laksha Patri Puja
  2. Laksha Kumkumarchana
  3. Laksha Vattula Nomu
  4. Surya Namaskaramulu
  5. Ekadasa Rudramu
  6. Mahanyasa Purvaka Abhishekamu
  7. Sahasra Kumkumarchana
  8. Laghu Vyasa Poorvaka Eka Vaara Abhishekam
  9. Ashtotthara Kumkumarchana
  10. Masa Shivaratri Abhishekam (Every month)
  11. Masa Shivaratri Kumkuma Puja (Every month)
  12. Abhishekam (Every Monday)
  13. Puja (Every Friday)
  14. Nomulu / Aksharabhyasam / Annaprasana
  15. Special Darshan Ticket (On Festivals)
  16. Keshakhandana
  17. Upanayanamu
  18. Abhishekam Ticket(Monthly)
  19. Kumkumarchana Ticket(Monthly)
  20. Abhishekam at the time of Dasara Festival(For 10 days)
  21. Kumkumarchana at the time of Dasara Festival (For 10 days)
  22. Rudra Homam
  23. Japam/Tarpanam /Nava Varaarchana
  24. Nitya Kalyanam
  25. Sthala Puranam
  26. Sri Swamy vari Archana
  27. Abhishekam/Kumkumarchana
  28. Ubhayam at the time of Dasara
  29. Nitya Samuhika Abhishekam, Kumkumarchana(For One Year)

How to reach Draksharamam: Road, Rail and Air

  • By Road: The bus route connects the temple well with the neighbouring cities. The temple is situated at a distance of 50 km from Rajahmundry, 28 km from Kakinada Town and 6 km from Ramachandrapuram and buses ply on a routine basis on these routes.
  • By Rail: The nearest railway stations are Kakinada, Rajahmundry and Samalkot Junction.
  • By Air: The nearest airport to the temple is Rajahmundry which is at a distance of 50 km from the temple.

Hotels near Draksharamam Bhimeswara Swamy Temple: Where to stay

In the Devasthanam, dormitories are available at a charge of Rs. 200.00/- per day. Devotees can also avail one of the two A.C. suites with attached Bathrooms at a cost of Rs. 700.00/- per day per suite. Other rooms are also available at reasonable prices and usually, the prices start from Rs.100 or 200 per day depending on the room sizes. Right in front of the temple, a choultry is also available. Here the devotees can relax for some time and also avail food, free of cost. Accommodations arealso available in near cities like Kakinada, Samalkota or Rajahmundry and from these areas, one can take a day trip via the bus to Draksharamam.

Where to eat in Draksharamam

In the front of the temple is the Choultry where free food is available to all the devotees. There are other small restaurants located around the temple where local and South Indian food is available.

Nearby Temples

  • Kumararamam at Samalkota is one of the Pancharama Kshetras and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The presiding deity is Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy and the Linga here is made up of limestone. It is located at a distance of 44 km or 1 hour from Draksharamam.
  • Sri Satyanarayana Swamy Devastanam at Annavaram is built in the Dravidian style. The presiding deity Lord Satyadeva, with his consort Sri Anantha Lakshmi on one Side and Lord Siva on the other. The temple is located at a distance of 75 km or 1 and a half hour Draksharamam.
  • Sri Uma Markandeyeswara Swamy Temple at Rajahmundry is dedicated to Markandaya, the miracle child of a Muni called Mrukhanada. It is located at a distance of 48 km or 1 hour from Draksharamam.
  • Ashta Someswarulu – Lord Chandra, in an attempt to calm Lord Shiva, installed 8 Shiva Linga’s around the main Draksharamam temple in 8 directions. The collection of these lingas is known as Ashta Someswarulu. These 8 Lingas are Kolanka, Venturu, Kotipalli, Vella, Korumella, Someswaram and Penumalla.

Amaravathi

Amaravathi Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple

Located on the banks of River Krishna, Amaravathi Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple is a pilgrimage for the stressed minds and hearts. This historic shrine is in the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, on the Amaravathi Road; the nearest city being Vijayawada. The road is also known by the name of Dhanyakataka or Dharanikota. It is a belief that the temple was built during the reign of the Satavahanas when Amaravathi was their capital. The temple is dedicated to Shri Amareswara Swamy or Amaralingeswara, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. There is a huge Shiva Lingam that is worshiped here. Another deity of the Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple is goddess Bala Chamundika, known to be the consort of Amaralingeswara Swamy. Bala Chamundika is also believed to be the fourth of the 18 goddesses. There are other several deities worshiped at this temple.

Amaravathi Temple exhibits the Dravidian style of architecture, built on a small hammock, known as Krouncha Shaila. There are four gopurams encircling the shrine along with a Vimana, all built in the Dravidian way. The walls of the temple are adorned with inscriptions, which are similar to that of the Kota chiefs of Amaravathi and Sri Krishnadevraya, monarch of the Vijayanagara Empire. The inscription on the Mukhamantapa pillar was inscribed by the wife of Proli Nayudu, the then minister of the Kota king, Ketaraja.  The temple is built in three concentric circles. While the first circle houses the temples of Mahishasura Mardini, Veerabhadraswamy, Omkareswara Swamy, Guru Dattareya, and Agasteswara Swamy, the second circle contains the temples of Vinayaka, Kalabhairava, Anjaneya, Nagendraswamy, Kumaraswamy along with the statue of Lord Krishna under a tree. The third circle is a bit above the second circle and comes with the temples of Kasi Viswanatha, Mallikarjuna, Pushpadanteswara Swamy and Kalahasthiswara. At the heart of these three circles is located the deity of Amaralingeswara Swamy.

Besides engagement in the daily worship of the Lord, the temple trust of Amaravathi Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple is also engaged in various charities for the overall development of the society.

Amaravathi Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple

Amaravathi History

Amaravathi Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple is a popular South Indian temple and has several myths surrounding it. The Kshetra Mahatmyam and the Kshetramurthy Mahatmyam also treasures many legends related to the temple.

  • The most popular legend that revolves around the temple is that the 15 feet Shiva Lingam here was nailed to stop its growth. There is a red mark at the top of the Lingam which is believed to be blood stain that oozed out when the nail was hammered into it.
  • The Skanda Purana narrates a unique story of the Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple. As per the Purana, at the end of Dwaparayuga, almost 5053 years ago, the Sounakadi saints asked the way to liberation to Maharishi Narada. Maharishi informed that River Krishna was created by Lord Krishna so that saints can bath in its water and attain salvation. Any devotee, who stays here for three days, bathes in the holy waters of the river and worships Lord Amareswara, shall attain liberty. Anyone who dies here shall be absorbed into Lord Shiva; hence, the importance of the place led to the construction of the temple.
  • Another legend states that when the demons defeated the gods at Varanasi, Lord Shiva appeared to defeat the demons. At this time, Lord Shiva resided at this place and hence was named as It is also believed that God Indra established the Shiva Lingum at this temple.
  • According to some, the Shiva Lingam was actually an Ayaka Stambha or pillar, which was later termed as a Shiva Lingum.
  • As per some, the temple was actually a Buddhist stupa and hence the base of the Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple is still in Buddhist architectural form. The Mula Virat within the sanctum is in the form of a white marble lotus medallion, which is a feature of the Buddhist architecture.
  • It is also believed that the temple was erected to bring peace during the reign of Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu. After the death of thousands of tribesmen who were plotting against the king, Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu built the temple on an advice of his ministers.

Significance of the Amaravathi Temple

Besides its beautiful architecture and large, marble Shiva Lingum, Amaravathi Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple has the special place in the lives of the locals.

  • Amaravathi Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple is dedicated to the incarnation of Lord Shiva, as the destroyer of the universe. It is one of the five Pancharamas, or holy sites, the other four being, Kumararama, Ksheerarama and Bheemarama and Draksharama.
  • The Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple is believed to fulfil the good wishes of the people. Worshiping at this temple is believed to resolve family issues.
  • Amaravathi is an important site of Hindu and Buddhist religion. It was a centre of Buddhist art and still bears many relics of the same.
  • River Krishna is considered pious and devotees often dip in its holy waters to cleanse their souls.
  • The Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple is also unique in its style of worship. Unlike other Shiva temples, Abhishekam (the custom of pouring libations) is performed from upstairs as the 15 feet Shiva Lingum is too high to be reached from the ground floor.
  • Besides its religious significance, the temple is also historically important. The inscriptions which are engraved on the walls of the shrine describe the ruling kings of the region.

Amaravathi Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple Timings

As in most of the temples of India, the day starts early at the Amaravathi Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple.

  • The temple opens at 6 am in the morning and remains open till 1 pm.
  • The temple is again opened for visitors at 4 pm and remains open till 8.30 pm.

Amaravathi Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple Dress Code

  • The temple committee encourages traditional get up of men and women while visiting the temple. Short dresses are not permitted.
  • Footwear is strictly not allowed within the temple premises.
  • Photography is also not allowed within the temple.
  • Mobile phones are asked to be switched off as well. Visitors can keep their belongings at the temple office.

Festivals celebrated at Amaravathi Temple

The Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple is crowded with devotees during different festivals and it is one of the best times to experience the true South Indian rituals.

  • Maha Shivaratri is the major festival of the Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple. Celebrated during the Hindu month of Magha Bahula Dasami (which is generally the month of March), during this festival devotees bathe the Shiva Lingum with milk on all the four phases of the day.
  • Navaratri is also celebrated with great pomp and show at the temple, during the Hindu month of Ashwin (September- October)
  • The Kalyana Utsavs are celebrated throughout the year at the temple. These are marriage festivals and hence, visitors can witness the typical South Indian style of the wedding during the wedding months at the temple.
  • Janmastami, the celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna is also celebrated at the temple. This festival generally takes place during the month of Bhadon (July or August).

Poojas and Rituals at Amaravathi Temple

Besides the festivities, there are regular rituals performed at the Amaravathi Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple.

  • During the ritual of Dhoopa, Deepa, Naivedyam, the air of the temple complex is filled with the aroma of incense and the sound of bells create a celestial environment.
  • Abhishekam is another important ritual of the shrine. Milk is poured over the Shiva Lingum, chanting the holy mantras or just ‘Om Namah Shivai.’
  • As the Shiva Lingum is very high, hence pedestal has been arranged for the devotees so that they can perform this ritual with ease.

How to reach: Road, Rail and Air

Amaravathi Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple is an important tourist destination of Andhra Pradesh and hence easily accessible.

  • By Air: The nearest airport to the Amaravathi Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple is the Vijaywada It is located 82 kilometres from the temple.
  • By Train: The Pedakurapadu is the nearest railway station to the temple; located just at 19 kilometres from Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple.
  • By Road: Guntur is located at 35 km from Amaravathi. There are several state buses, APSRTC which ply non-stop between Amaravathi and Guntur headquarters and is a journey of just 45 minutes. These buses also connect the temple city with other cities of the state, like Vijaywada, Mangalagiri, Sattenpalle and Hyderabad. Tourists can also opt for a private air-conditioned buses for a comfortable journey to the temple. There are cabs and auto rickshaws available from Guntur which takes you to the temple. The road to the shrine is in good condition.

Hotels in Amaravathi: Where to stay

Tourists can avail decent hotels at Amaravathi. For luxurious accommodation, they must arrange for a stay at Guntur.

Amaravathi Temple trust has also special guest houses for the tourists. Special arrangements also have been made by the government for the thousands of pilgrims that visit the temple and they can be accommodated at the PWD travellers’ bungalow.

Where to eat

There are several vegetarian hotels available near Amaravathi Temple. The food comes with the unique South Indian flavour. The food stalls are clean and the food is tasty.

Nearby Temples

  • Venugopala Swamy: This 1800 years old temple is located near Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple and is dedicated to Venugopal, an incarnation of Lord Narayana.
  • Sai Baba temple: One of the most popular temples of Andhra Pradesh, this temple is also known by the name of Shirdi Sai and is dedicated to the saint, Sai Baba.
  • Lalitha peetham: Dedicated to Goddess Lalitha Devi, this temple is an abode of peace. Be here during Rama Navami and Vijaya Dasami to enjoy the colours of festivals.
  • Srirama temple: The temple is one of its kind, was built by Bhakta Ramdas, a devotee of Lord Rama in the 17th Beautifully lit in the evenings, it is a lifetime experience to visit this temple.
  • Buddha stupa: Also known as the Amaravathi Stupa, this Buddhist relic depicts the wonderful art and architecture of ancient India. This stupa is adjacent to the Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple.
  • Buddha statue: Located at Hyderabad, this serene idol of Lord Buddha is a popular tourist destination. With a height of 17.5 metres, this statue is located on the banks of the Hussain Sagar Lake.

Hence, a trip to Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple is not only a pilgrimage to cleanse your soul and mind, but also an excursion to the ancient art and architecture of India. The site of Amaravathi depicts a wonderful fusion of Hinduism and Buddhism, amazing the tourists.