Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

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.
mangalagiri panakala lakshmi narasimha swamy temple

Mangalagiri Panakala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple

Mangalagiri Panakala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple

The place Mangalagiri means “the auspicious hills”. It is of great significance as it is one of the 8 important sacred places or Mahakshetrams in India where Lord Vishnu manifested himself. Originally this place was known as Thotadri where Devi Lakshmi did her tapasya. There are three Narasimha Swamy temples in Mangalagiri-the Panakala Narasimha Swamy on the hill, the Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy at the foot of the temple and the Gandala Narasimha Swamy at the top of the hill.  During the Vijayanagara Kingdom, this place was also known as Mangala Nilayam.  The Mangalagiri Panakala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple is a sacre place where a devout person can find peace and bliss.

mangalagiri panakala lakshmi narasimha swamy temple

History of Mangalagiri Panakala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple

A very intriguing story revolves around how the hill or mountain came into existence. The hill looks like an elephant in shape. Hrasva Srungi who was the son of the king Pariyatra, visited all holy places for the purpose of regaining normal bodily stature. He finally came to Mangalagiri and stayed there for three years to fulfil his penance. His father came to take him back home but he to serve Lord Vishnu for eternity took the shape of an elephant and remained at the place. It is said that all the Devas asked him to stay at the place so that he can attain Moksha and salvation in his life.

Significance of Mangalagiri Panakala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple

  • The steps to the temple were constructed by Sri Channapragada Balaramadasu in 1890.
  • On the right side of the steps to reach the temple, there lies a stone inscription by Sri Krishnadeva Raya of Vijayanagar and further up, one can see the foot prints of Mahaprabhu Chaitanya.
  • A temple of Lord Panakala Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy can be found at midway of the steps where there is only the face with the mouth widely opened.
  • Behind the temple there is the abode of Sri Lakshmi, to the west of which there is a tunnel that is believed to lead you to the great Vundavalli caves on the banks of the Krishna.
  • Panakala Narasimha Swamy is the God Who Drinks Panakam.
  • The god is self-existent here. No staues but only the wide opened mouth can be seen.
  • The God takes jaggery water as an offering served by a conch.  When the Jaggery water is actually poured into the mouth of the Lord, a gargling sound is heard as if the Lord is actually drinking it.   The sound becomes shriller and shriller when the Lord is drinking.

Timings of Rituals and poojas at Mangalagiri Pankala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple

  • At 7:00 a.m in the morning the doors are opened for Darshan.
  • The morning Archana takes place from 7:00 a.m to 7:30 a.m.
  • 7:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m. special offerings especially the Panakam and a grand seva darshan takes place.
  • At 1:00 p.m the Mahanirvedana takes place.
  • At 3:00 p.m the temple doors are closed.
  • Since it is believed that during evenings Gods and Devathas worship the Lord so there are no sevas or archanas from the part of the devotees.

Festivals at Mangalagiri Pankala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple

  • The Panakala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Brahmothsavam is the grand annual festival. It is believed that the celebration was istarted by Dharmaraja at the behest of Lord Krishna. This festival is celebrated for 11 days during the months of February-March.
  • Srirama Navami, Hanumajayanthi, Narasimhajayanthi, Vaikunta Ekadasi, and Mahasivarathri are other festivals celebrated on a large scale. On Mahasivarathri, the Lord goes on a procession on a small chariot.
  • The Phalguna Suddha Purnima that happens on Chaturdasi, commences the marriage of Santha Narasimha Swamy, and Sridevi and Bhoodevi.

How to reach Mangalagiri Pankala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple

  • By air: the nearest airport Vijayawada is connected by Hyderabad and Vishakapatnam.
  • By rail: Vijayawada is connected with all major cities in India so the rail route is frequently availed.
  • By road: Vijaywada is well connected with Madras, Nellore, Vizag etc.

Hotels nearby Mangalagiri Pankala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple

  • Fortune Murali Park Hotel- this hotel is situated along the banks of the Krishna River and overlooks the Indrakiladri Hills. Fortune Murali Park Hotel is three kilometers from the Vijayawada Railway Station and 20km from the airport.
  • The Gateway Hotel, M.G.Road is another grand place to check in. It has an welcoming atmosphere with luxurious decorum.

Places to visit near Mangalgiri Pankala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple

  • Kanaka Durga Temple is a siginificant temple in Vijayawada. High up on the Indrakiladri Hill, the temple is boosted by devotees. On Friday evenings, when the goddess is dressed in silken finery, and she is at her glittering best, the place remains always crowded.
  • At Amararama Temple, Lord Shiva is worshipped as Amaralingeswara Swamy or Amareswara Swamy, along with his consort Bala Chamundika. This Temple along with the Draksharama Temple in Draksharamam, Ksheerarama Temple in Palakol, Somarama Temple in Bhimavaram and the Kumararama Temple in Samalkota, forms the holy Pancharama Kshetram.
  • The Undavalli Caves are a great architecture of cave complex. A cluster of 64 caves of black rock make the place truly magnificient. They hold lovely figurines made of monolithic black granite rock. The most notable is the stunning image of a reclining Vishnu.
srinivasa mangapuram

Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy Temple – Srinivasa Mangapuram

Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy Temple – Srinivasa Mangapuram

Srinivasa Mangapuram temple is regarded as the lord-prescribed alternative for Tirumala Devastana, and has been bestowed with great divine power.  It is an ancient Hindu Vaishnavite temple located at Srinivasamangapuram which is 12 km from Tirupati in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh, India.  The temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, a form of Vishnu and is referred to as Kalyana Venkateswara. The presiding deity of the temple is Venkateswara who is referred to as Kalyana Venkateswara. The deity will be facing west and is in standing posture with four hands with left two hands one in varada mundra and one holding Chakra and right two hands one in kati mudra and the other holding Shanka.

History of Srinivasa Mangapuram Temple

The temple itself is believed to have I existed from very ancient times and it is said that Sri Venkateswara is referred to even in the Rigveda. ‘Sri Venkatachala Mahatrnyam’ contains Puranic lores from the twelve Mahapuranas. After celebrating the marriage of Lord Venkateswara Swamy with Goddess Padmavathi, he did not immediately return to the Tirumala hills. But instead he visited the sage Agasthya’s ashram to seek blessings. Yes, even the lord is humble enough to seek blessings from elderly and wise. As it was scientifically wrong for the newlyweds to scale the hill for six months, the lord was unable to immediately return to the Tirumala mountain-temple. At this situation the sage Agastya suggested that Swamy Venkateswara along with his wife could stay at his humble ashram. The Lord graciously accepted this request and blessed with the ashram with his presence for the entire six months.

About the temple history, this is no substantial indication about its construction. It is believed that the ancient was ruined in 1324, during the reign of Sultans. As per the inscriptions on the temple, it is said that the grandson of Sri Annamacharya, Sri Tallapaka Chinna Tirumala Acharya had renovated this temple during 16th Century. It was maintained by the Tallapaka Family over a long period of time. Later it came under the administration of Archaeological Department, Government of India. Finally in 1967, it came under the control of TTD.

Significance of Srinivasa Mangapuram Temple

  • Considered next to only Tirupati Balaji Temple, Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy Temple is considered as an alternative to those devotees who are unable to visit the Balaji Temple on the Tirumala Hills. It is also visited by many newly-wed couples who come here to seek the lord’s blessing for a happy married life.
  • Sri Rama Temple, Sri Ranganayaka Temple, Sri Padmavathi and Sri Andal Temple are other shrines in this complex. Devotees can also find small shrines including Sri Sakti Vinayaka Swami, Sri Veerabhadra Swami, Sri Avanakshamma, Sri Parasareswara Swami and Sri Agastheeswara Swami.
  • According to Vaikhanasa Bhagavat Shasthram Lord Venkateswara’s idol is described as ‘Sthanaka yoga Viraha Murthy’. Sthanaka means Standing, Yoga means this idol is mainly for Rishis who wish to attain Mukthi, Viraha means without Sanka and Chakra. Here Panchamurhty Aradhana is followed which is the best amoung the Temples around world.
  • The idol at Srinivasa Mangapuram is consecrated by Srikrishna Devaraya with the help of Vaikhanasa Priests at Tirumala so that He will be always in touch with the Lord Balaji as he is a diehard devotee of him. So it is a Pratista made by Humans. Whereas in the Tirumala Temple Lord Balaji has self manifested himself and it is said that a self manifested idol is more powerful than a Pratistitha idol.

Timings of Srinivasa Mangapuram Temple

  • General Darshan timings are from 5:30 a.m to 7:30 p.m.
  • The Kalyanotsavam Timing: 11 AM – 12 PM every day.
  • Sahasranamarchana takes place at 7:30 a.m.
  • Sarvadarshanam takes place throughout the day at regular intervals.

Festivals at Srinivasa Mangapuram Temple

  • The premier focus of the Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy temple is the “Kalyana Utsavam” every day.
  • The “Bramhostav” held during the months of February and March.  On this occasion the Lord Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy ascends on a Simha Vahanam (Lion Carrier Ratham) to be a drawn-along with the devotees.

How to Reach Srinivasa Mangapuram Temple

  • By road: it is 12km from Tirupati. Local buses and autos are available making the journey easier.

Hotels nearby Srinivasa Mangapuram Temple

  • Hotel Fortune Select Grand Ridge is one of Tirupati’s five star hotels located at the intersection of Chennai-Bangalore highway, on the Tiruchanoor road. This hotel is located just beside Shilparamam Theme Park..
  • Situated at a distance of 17 km from Tirupati Airport, KVP Residency provides ample car parking space. Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vaari Temple is situated at a distance of 25 km from the place.

Places to visit nearby Srinivasa Mangapuram Temple

  • Kanipakum Temple:- You may visit one of the most important Vinayaka temple in south India, located at a distance of 86 KM from the Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple.
  • Tirumala Venkateshwara Swamy Temple:- Is located at a distance of 12 KM. These are connected with frequent buses at a frequency of 10 minutes. Or you can reach through private vehicles.
  • Srikalahasti Temple:- Is located a distance of 60 KM. This distance could be covered under one and half hours with a private vehicle or taxi cab.
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.
Govindaraja Swamy Temple

Govindaraja Swamy Temple – Tirupati

Govindaraja Swamy Temple – Tirupati, Andhra

Associated with Sri Venkateswara Swamy Tirupati, The Sri Govindaraja Swamy temple is one of the earliest proofs’s of the everlasting bliss of Sri Venkateswara. It is an ancient Hindhu-vaishnavite temple situated at the heart of the Tirupati city in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh state in India. The temple is one of the earliest structures in Tirupati and also one of the biggest temple complexes in Chittoor district. The Tirupati (down hill) city is built around this temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, who is referred to as Govindarajaswamy. Govindarajaswamy is believed to be the elder brother of Lord Venkateswara.

History of Govindaraja Swamy Temple

A large number of inscriptions found in this temple and in the Sri Venkateswara Temple at Tirumala help to locate its history. The earliest of the records belong to the year 1235 A.D when the Chola King, Raja Raja III was ruling the place. In the year 1239 A.D the queen of Viranarasinga of Yadavaraya made a gift for decoration of the chariot and carrying necessary repairs. The temple came in for greater importance in 1506 A.D. during the rule of Saluva dynasty of Vijayanagar and from then onwards different rulers in a different way developed the temple. It is built by the Nayakas, the successors to the Vijayanagar Empire.

Before consecrating Govindarajaswamy as presiding deity, Sri Parthasarathy Swamy was the presiding deity of the temple. Kotturu, a village at the foot of Tirumala hills was shifted to the vicinity of Sri Govindarajaswamy Temple which was later emerged into city of Tirupati.

Significance of Govindaraja Swamy Temple

  • It’s outer Gopuram which is visible from a quite a distance.
  • Govindaraja Swami Temple has two main shrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna. The shrine to the north is Sri Govindaraja and The shrine to the south is Sri Parthasarathi (Lord Sri Krishna as the charioteer of Arjuna).
  • The idols of Rukmini and Satyabhama (Krishna’s wives) are also found here. The original temple had Sri Parthasarathi on the main altar. ‘Sri Ramanuja’ added the Sri Govindaraja deity around 1130 AD.
  • Nearby shrine is dedicated to Sri Ramanuja and on the left of the second entrance is a ‘Kurma’ Deity, Lord Vishnu as a tortoise. There are carvings depicting the pastimes of the Ramayana and Lord Krishna’s pastimes on the second gopuram.
  • Sri Govindarajaswamy temple is a huge complex with many other sub shrines in it. Parthasarathy temples, Kalyana Venkateswara Temple are of more importance among the sub-shrines. There are also shrines dedicated to Pundarikavalli, Andal, Chakratalwar, Alwars, Lakshmi Narayana Swamy, Anjaneya, Tirumala Nambi, Bhashyakars.

Timings of Govindaraja Swamy Temple

  • The general timing for darshan is from 5:30 a.m to 9:30 p.m.
  • 5:30 a.m to 6:30 a.m takes place the Viswarupa sarva darshan.
  • 8:00 to 8:45 a.m takes place the Archanantharam darshanam.
  • From 1:15 p.m to 4:45 p.m takes place the Sarvadarshanam.
  • From 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m Sarvadarshanam again takes place.

Festivals at Govindaraja Swamy Temple

  • The Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple is home to many festivals of great perchance and importance. On every Saturday festival there is an onrush of visitors seeking blessings to gain health and immediate wealth.
  • All the festivals of this temple are held here with great aplomb. These involve Bramhostavam, Float festival, Rathasapthami and other utsavam’s that are held at Tirupati or surrounding temples.

How to reach Govindaraja Swamy Temple

  • By air: The nearest airport to Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple is Chennai international airport, Chennai which is 108 km away from Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple.
  • By rail: The nearest railway station to sri Govindaraja Swamy temple is renigunta train station which is 10 km away from Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple.
  • By road: bus and car services are available on a fair amount basis. This makes the journey to the temple easier.

Hotels nearby Govindaraja Swamy Temple

  • Hotel Bhimas Deluxe at G Car Street, Tirupati is Easily reachable from Tirupati RailwayStation (0.25 km). This hotel in Tirupati provides comfortable accommodation.
  • Hotel Fortune Select Grand Ridge is one of Tirupati’s five star hotels located at the intersection of Chennai-Bangalore highway, on the Tiruchanoor road. This hotel is located just beside Shilparamam Theme Park .

Places nearby Govindaraja Swamy Temple

  • Sri Kodandaramaswami Temple- This temple dedicated to Sri Rama is situated within a distance of about a kilometer from Tirupati Railway station. The Temple was built to commemorate the visit of Sri Rama, Lakshmana and Sita to tirupati, while returning from Lanka.
  • ·         Alamelumangapuram(Tiruchanur) Tiruchanur, also known as Alamelumangapuram, located about 5 kms from tirupati is also an ancient sacred place. The Temple of Sri Padmavathi Devi, the consort of Lord Venkateswara is situated in this place. It is said that the visit to tirumala is fruitful only after a visit to sri Padmavathi devi temple at tiruchanur.
  • Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy temple is situated at an easily commutable distance of 12 KM to the west Tiruapti. It’s regarded as the lord-prescribed alternative for Tirumala Devastana, and has been bestowed with great divine power.
  • An important Lord Krishna temple renowned as the Sri Venugopala Swamy Temple. This is the only Krishna temple located in the vicinity of Tirupati, depicting the Childhood of Lord Krishna. It is located at the town Karvetinagaram, located at a distance of 42KM from the Tiruapti.
bhadrachalam temple

Bhadrachalam Temple – Sree Seetha Ramachandra Swamy

Bhadrachalam Temple – Sree Seetha Ramachandra Swamy Temple

Bhadrachalam temple is the abode of Shri Sita Ramachandra Swamy. This temple is dedicated to Lord Rama.The temple is located on the banks of Godavari river. The area is called as Bhadrachalam and is the venue of grand celebrations on Rama Navami day, when the wedding anniversary of Lord Rama and his consort Sita takes place with much fanfare. Bhadrachalam Temple is mainly dedicated to Lord Rama (the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu). Bhadrachalam Temple is closely associated with the life events of Saint Kancharla Gopanna, who was a great devotee of Lord Rama lived in the 17th century. It is a place of pilgrimage for Hindus, considered to be one of the greatest holy shrines in South India with a very rich and unique historical background.

History of Bhadrachalam Temple

The temple in Bhadrachalam is closely connected with the life of the 17th century saint composer Kancharla Gopanna, who was known as Bhakta Ramadas.  Gopanna the Tahasildar of Bhadrachalam (second half of the 17th century), is said to have used money from the government treasury to build this temple, and was imprisoned in a dungeon at Golconda.  Lord Rama is said to have miraculously given the Sultan the money spent by Gopanna, after which he was released. Gopanna then became Bhadrachala Ramadasa and went on to compose innumerable number of songs in Telugu in praise of Rama.

Rama is said to have crossed river Godavari on his way to Shri Lanka to rescue Sita, at the spot where the Bhadrachalam temple stands, on the northern bank of the river.  Legend has it that, the son of Meru and Menaka, Bhadra, performed penances towards Rama here.  Kabirdas, a Muslim by birth is also closely associated with this temple. It is believed that the images of the deities miraculously disappeared when Kabir was refused entry into the temple and that they reappeared miraculously upon his being permitted to enter. Ramadasa heard the news that the villagers of palvoncha paragana were proceeding to witness Jatara at Bhadrachalam. Out of curiosity, he also visited Bhadrachalam.  He found the deities in an amazing appearance; and  Ramadas then asked the villagers to contribute liberally for the construction of the temple. The villagers appealed to him to spend the revenue collections for the construction of the temple with a promise to repay the amount after harvesting the crops.
When the temple reached completion, he had a problem of fixing the ‘Sudarshana Chakra’ at the crest of the main temple.  The Golconda king Tanishah, the then ruler of Qutub Shahi kingdom became a devotee of Rama, who realized the devotional spirit of Ramadas after his imprisonment and took over the charge of temple administration.

The Golconda king, Tanishah realized Ramadas’s devotional spirit and dedication towards Rama, when Rama and Lakshmana repaid 6 lakhs Mohurs in the form of Ramoji and Lakshmoji, the servants of Bhakta Ramadas for the release of their devotee from imprisonment. Thanisha gave voucher to these divine looking persons who approached him at his house during late night. Then they kept the voucher under the pillow of Gopanna where he was jailed.  Tanishah who woke up the next morning realized that those divine looking persons were none other than Rama and Lakshmana and made arrangements to get release of Gopanna and prayed to forgive him by placing all the Gold Mohurs received previous night at the feet of Gopanna.  But he refused to take back those mohurs except two as a mark of divine significance, and these two coins can still be seen in Bhadrachalam temple.

Influenced by Lord Rama, Golconda ruler Tanishah earmarked the income derived from the said Palwoncha paragana which came to Rs 20,000 and odd,  for the maintenance of the temple which was continued during Qutub Shahi’s reign and for offering pearls on the occasion of Kalyana mahotsavam (Shri Rama Navami) to deities on an elephant through a specially sent messenger. That procedure of sending pearls to the deities is still followed by present State Government during Shri Rama Navami festival.
Bhadrachalam attracts thousands of devotees from all over the world, every day. This hilly place that is encircled by holy river Godavari flowing towards southern direction is the famous shrine Bhadrachalam. The name is derived from Bhadragiri (mountain of Bhadra: a boon child of Meru and Menaka). The history of this shrine stands for the significance of Ramayana era. The coherent hill place existed in “Dandakaranya” of Ramayana period where Rama with his consort Sita and brother Lakshmana had spent their vanavasa. The vicinity of the temple had its incongruous mixture in another story,  which depicts the exigency of “Shri Mahavishnu” to manifest himself as Rama and shuffled again to the mortal coil,  after Ramavatara,  to fulfill his promise to his Bhakta Bhadra (a mountain king), a sage who had been continuing the intense penance to get grace of Lord Rama.

The history depicts that the need that emerged the incarnation of Vykunta Rama, which was to fulfill a long desire of his ardent devotee Bhadra. The saint Bhadra performed penance at the bank of river Godavari in Dandakaranya to get grace of lord Rama and in countenance of his beloved God.  The exulted “Rishi” implored Rama to be seated on his head, but Rama who was in search of his consort Sita,  gave promise to his Bhakta that his desire would be fulfilled on his way back, after finding Sita and accomplishing the process of punishing the wicked Ravana and establishing the ‘Dharma’.  Thus the sage had been in continuation of the frightened penance, as Rama could not accomplish the promise in Ramavatara. Then Shri Mahavishnu manifested himself as Vykunta Rama and rushed to his devotee Bhadra, signaling his arrival by blowing ‘Shanku’, accompanied by his consort Sita and brother Lakhsmana, resembling that of ‘Gajendra Moksham.’

Significance Bhadrachalam Temple

  • Shri Rama is represented as a charming person, of handsome beauty, and well-built physique, wearing in his two hands, the Dhanus and the Bana, and standing in the ‘Tribhanga’ attitude as opposed to the ‘Samabhanga’ pose.
  • Sita stands near him, also in the Tribhanga attitude, with a lotus in one hand and the other hand shown in the ‘Katyavalambita’ posture. If there is any temple in which the devotees are captivated by the sheer magic of the beauty of the icon of the Lord, it is at Bhadrachalam.
  • Temple exhibits the importance of Ramayana, one of the great canons of Hindu literature.
  • The location Bhadrachalam exists in Dandakaranya, the spiritual significant region where Lord Rama, Goddess Seetha and Lakshmana had spent 14 years of Vanavasam.
  • Lord Rama takes His abode on the head of the sage Bhadra (immovable hill) the shrine was came to be called as Bhadrachalam.
  • A sub shrine of Goddess Lakshmi is inside the temple complex of Bhadrachalam temple.

Timings of Bhadrachalam Temple

  • Abhishekam takes place from 00 AM to 8.00 A.M
  • Kesavanaamaarchana takes place from 8.30 A.M to 8.00 P.M
  • Sahasranamarchana takes place from 8.30 A.M to 9.30 A.M
  • Suvarna Tulasi Astotharanamarchana (on Saturdays) happens from 8.30 A.M to 9.30 A.M
  • Suvarna Pushpa Astothara Namarchana (on Sundays) happens from 8.30 A.M to 9.30 A.M
  • Sakalbhishtaprada Sree Ramapuja takes place at 8.30 AM
  • Nitya Kalyana Ubhayam happens from 9.30 A.M to 11.00 A.M
  • Rajata Ratha Seva takes place at 6.30 PM
  • Alaya Chuttu Seva takes place at 8.00 PM to 8.30 P.M
  • Vahana Seva (Garuda, Hamsa, Hanumantha, Rajadhiraja) lastly happens from 8.00 PM to 8.30 P.M.

Festivals at Bhadrachalam Temple

  • Vykuntha Ekadasi a religious festival that attracts lakhs (hundred thousand) of devotees from all over the country at this famous shrine Bhadrachalam, is celebrated in the months of either December or January in ‘Dhanur Masam’ on the day of either Pushya or Margasira shuddha Ekadasi. The ten day festival called Adhyayanotsavams and Dasavatara Mahotsavams (10 incarnations) of Sri Maha Vishnu are preceded to Vykuntha Ekadasi Fete.
  • Sri Rama Navami(the most popular one at Bhadrachalam) is being celebrated on every ‘Chaitra shuddha navami ‘ on the auspicious ‘Punarvasu’ -‘Janma Nakshatra’ (birth star), of Lord Sri Rama. The Kalyanamahotsavam of Sri Rama with his consort Sita is celebrated on the holy occasion which falls either in the last week of March or first week of April. This divine festival is celebrated in a resplendent manner amid chanting of hyms by priests in Kalyanamantapam, richly engraved and exquisite sculptures depicting events from our Itihasas and Puranas, at the vicinity of stadium, where lakhs of devotees congregate to witness it.

How to reach Bhadrachalam Temple

  • By air: Vijayawada is the nearest airport from where flights can be availed by.
  • By rail: The nearest Railway station is Bhadrachalam (Kothagudem) which is about 40 km from the place.
  • By road: The state bus service, TSRTC operates numerous buses connecting the town to various places like Kothagudem, Hyderabad, Khammam, Warangal, Tirupati, Rajahmundry, Nalgonda, Chennai, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam.

Hotels near Bhadrachalam Temple

  • The Sita Nilayam Cottage, Bhadrachalam at Sree Seetha Ramachandra Swamy Vaari Devasthanam is a good place to check in. It has nice accomodations that the travellors find to be refreshing.
  • Srinidhi Resdidency at Rajaveedhi is a great place that has excellent accommodations and closest to the temple entrance.

Places to visit near Bhadrachalam Temple

  • Parnasala is a significant and wonderful sightseeing destination of Bhadrachalam. Parnasala is a popular village located in the Khammam district of Telangana, India.
  • Jattayu Paaka (Yetapaka)- This Place is situated from 2Kms away from Bhadrachalam. According to Itihasas, the bird Jatayuvu, a devotee of Rama had obstructed Ravana while he was proceeding on the chariot after kidnapping Sita. After the fearful battle between Ravana and Jataayuvu, the heavily injured bird had waited at this place in search of Rama. A wing of this bird fell at Rekkapalli, about 55 Kms from here, in V.R. Puram Mandal.
  • Sabari in Bhadrachalam is the place where River Sabari joins River Godavari. The place also has mythological significance as a woman named Dhammakka used to live here that used to have dreams in which Lord Rama appeared.
Shani Shingnapur

Shani Shingnapur Temple

Shani Shingnapur Temple

Shani Shingnapur is the name of a village in Nevasa taluka in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra; the village is known for its popular temple of Lord Shani – Shri Shaneshwar Devasthan Shani Shingnapur the Hindu god associated with the planet Saturn.

Shingnapur is also known for the quality, that no house in the village has doors, only door frames. Despite this, no theft was reported in the village until 2010. The Shani Shingnapur temple is believed to be a “jagrut devasthan” that translates into “alive temple”, meaning that a deity still resides in the temple icon. Villagers believe that god Shani punishes anyone attempting theft.

“Swayambhu” is the presiding deity here. This means the ‘self-evolved’ deity. The temple has a promising purity in its atmosphere. It is significant and lately gained prominence because it lifted the ban on women’s entrance in the temple.

History of Shani Shingnapur Temple

Ahmednagar’s population is known popularly as the place of saints. There are four legends around this temple.

“There is God, but no temple.”
“There is a home, but no door.”
“There is a tree, but no shade.”
“There is fear, but no enemy.”

The story of the swayambhu statue handed down from generations through word of mouth, goes something like this: When the Shepherd touched the stone with a pointed rod, the stone started bleeding. The shepherds were astounded. Soon the whole village gathered around to watch the miracle. On that night Lord Shanaishwara appeared in the dream of the most devoted and pious of the shepherds.

He told the shepherd that he is “Shanaishwara”. He also told that the unique looking black stone is his swayambhu form. The shepherd prayed and asked the lord whether he should construct a temple for him. To this, Lord Shani Mahatma said there is no need for a roof as the whole sky is his roof and he preferred to be under open sky. He asked the shepherd to do daily pooja and ‘Tailabhisheka’ every Saturday without fail. He also promised the whole hamlet will have no fear of dacoits or burglars or thieves.

Significance of Shani Shingnapur Temple

  • The shrine for Shani consists of a five and a half feet high black rock installed on an open-air platform, which symbolizes the god Shani.
  • In the times of Acharya Udasi Baba, there would be only three people visiting the shrine. Namely, Dagdu Changediya, Hastimal Chnagediya and the mother of Badri Tokse. They too used to come only on Saturday. Now, daily there are over 13000 visitors.
  • Unlike other pilgrimage centres, devotees here can perform puja or abhishek or other religious rituals themselves.
  • One of the unique aspects of the village Shingnapur is that houses here have no door- frames or locks on them for safety.
  • A Trishula (trident) is placed along the side of the image and a Nandi (bull) image is on the south side. In front are the small images of Shiva and Hanuman.
  • Generally, the temple has 30–45,000 visitors a day, which swells to around three lakh (i.e. three hundred thousand) on amavasya (the no moon day), believed to be the most auspicious day to appease Shani.
  • According to a 400-year tradition, women are restricted from entering the inner sanctum. On 26 January 2016, a group of over 500 women, led by activist Trupti Desai, marched to the temple under the group “Bhumata Ranragani Brigade”, demanding entry into the Inner sanctum. They were stopped by the police.
  • In a landmark judgement on 30 March 2016, the Bombay High Court asked Maharashtra government to ensure that women are not denied entry to any temple. On 8 April 2016, the Shani Shingnapur trust finally allowed the women devotees to enter the sanctum.

Timings of Shani Shingnapur Temple

The temple remains open 24 hours a day throughout the whole week.

Festivals at Shani Shingnapur Temple

  • Shri Shaneshchar Jayanti, the special day of God Shani’s birthday, is celebrated with great gusto and devotion.
  • From ‘Chaitra Shuddha Dashami’ to ‘Chaitrya Vadya Pratipada’, continuously, the chanting of God’s name and ‘Granthraj Dnyaneshwari Parayan’ is being performed.
  • From 1991, on Aashadi Ekadashi of every year, from Shanishingnapur to Pandarpur, Shaneshwar Palki is taken on foot with great fanfare. In this, all the trustees and devotees participate.
  • Similarly, from 1991, during Ekanaathi Shashti of every year, all the trustees and devotees participate in taking Shaneshwar Palki on foot, with great fanfare, from Shanishingnapur to Paithan.

How to reach Shani Shingnapur Temple

  • By air: The nearest International Airport is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai, which is four and a half hour drive from Shirdi. Flights to major Indian cities like, Aurangabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Jaipur connect to the location and can be availed on a regular basis.
  • By rail: One can travel from any corner of India to Shani Shingnapur. For this, the suggested railway stations are Ahmednagar, Rahuri, Shrirampur and Belapur. From these railway destinations, there are S.T. buses, Jeeps, Taxis etc. facilities to Shani Shingnapur.
  • By road: one can utilize the State Transport Bus services, taxis, bus services. Shingnapur is a village situated at a distance of 6 kms from Ghodegaon on Aurangabad Ahmednagar road in Maharashtra. It is 84 Kms from Aurangabad and 35kms from Ahmednagar.

Hotels nearby Shani Shingnapur Temple

  • Daiwik Hotel, Shirdi near Pimplewadi road is a notable place to check in. It offers great dining experience and is reviewed to be a nice accommodating place.
  • The Temple View Hotel at Nagar Mnamad road is at close proximity to the temple. Travellers often checks in for its convenient location and well suited accomdation.

Places to visit near Shani Shingnapur Temple

  • At around 70 km from Shani Shinganapur, Shirdi is situated which is the famous place of Shri Sai Baba. Saibaba has spent most of him life in Shirdi Village. Millions of visitors daily visit Shirdi temple to take blessings from Sai Baba.
  • The Ajanta and Ellora caves are considered as the greatest historical monument in the Maharashtra, India; which are located at about 79 km southwest from Shinganapur.
  • 143 km from the Shani Shinganapur, Nashik city is positioned and is famous for its religious culture. There are many places to see in the Nashik city; some of which include Muktidham, Pandavleni Caves, Sula Vineyards, Kalaram Temple, Naroshankar Temple, Sundarnarayan Temple, Shri Kailas Math etc.
Golden Temple Vellore

Golden Temple Vellore

Golden Temple Vellore

The religious center of Sripuram, famous Golden Temple Vellore is located among the small green mountains in an area called Malaikodi at Vellore city in Tamil Nadu state, India. It is located at the south part of Vellore city, at the place of Tirumalaikodi. Located 8km south of the city of Vellore at Thirumalaikodi, the golden temple’s chief deity is ‘Sri Lakshmi Narayani’ where devotees from all religions are welcome to visit the temple and have darshan. The Sri Lakshmi Narayani temple inside Sripuram held its consecration (maha kumbhabhishekam) on 24 August 2007.

It is a sight to behold. Constructed by Sri Narayani Peedam and headed by Sri Sakthi Amma, a spiritual leader, the grand temple boasts of spectacular art work.

History of Golden Temple Vellore

The Sripuram Golden Temple is situated in 100 acres of lush landscape in the middle of the star-shaped path so that it absorbs more energy from nature, which creates an inner peace and relaxation to the devotees. Devotees walking through star-path were blessed to read the  messages of truth and justice, which allows them to develop and turn into powerful  creatures. The ultimate goal is to change in people.

Sripuram Golden Temple was built in a period of 7 years which is very short time. The Golden temple was inaugurated August 24, 2007 consecration ceremony was witnessed by thousands of devotees. The golden temple has attracted thousands of devotees. The entire temple was covered with 9 to 15 layers of gold foil. The temple is decorated with sculptures of the human person, richly decorated with columns and a roof.

Significance of Golden Temple Vellore

  • The significance characteristics of Sripuram are temple of Mahalakshmi or temple of Lakshmi Narayan who is Ardha Mandapam and Vimanam is coated with pure gold including both interior as well as exterior.
  • Renowned temple of Sri Lakshmi, prevalently called Golden temple, is recently constructed.
  • It has been designed by Vellore-based Sri Narayani Peedam, advancing by religious head Sri Sakthi Amma also known as Narayani Amma. The forehead with gold protecting has complex designs and art forms in silver.
  • The illumination is organized in such a way that the forehead papers even during evening. The development of the forehead was finished on Aug 24, 2007. More than 1500 kg of gold was used to build this forehead.
  • Every individual details was personally created, such as transforming the gold sections into gold foils and then increasing on the gold foils on birdwatcher.
  • Sripuram design symbolizes a star-shaped path(Sri chakra), in the center of the lushgreen surroundings, with a duration of over 1.8 km.
  • Sahasra deepam or 1008 lamps is a sacred installation here.
  • Messages by ‘Amma’ have been laid out along the path to the temple with messages from the Gita, Bible and Quran.

Timings of Golden Temple Vellore

  • The temple opens day at 4.00 AM and complete at 8.00 PM.
  • Abishekam starts from 4.00 AM to 8.00 AM.
  • General Dharshan starts from 8.00 AM to 8.00 PM.
  • Aarthi Seva starts from 6.00 PM to 7.00 PM.

How to reach Golden Temple Vellore

  • By air: airports of Bangalore and Chennai are the nearest airports with regular flights.
  • By rail: The nearest railway station is Vellore katpadi Jn railway station, which is only 12 km distance from Sripuram.
  • By road: there are many buses run from Bangalore, Chennai, Tirupati and some other main cities. Having reached at Vellore city new bus terminal , many buses run to Sripuram and some of the town buses run from old bus stand (fort) go to Sripuram (Golden Temple).

Hotels near Golden Temple Vellore

  • Hotel Gold located in the heart of the city on national highway no.1, is a renowned hotel that has a promising atmosphere and well suited accommodations.
  • Hotel Khanna Fiesta at Anna Sallai , Vellore is another place to check in during your visit. It is rather popular for its complementing decor and accommodations.
  • Hotel Surabi at Officer’s Lane also is reviewed to be a great place to tuck in. It has great staff and room service that has received much praise.

Places nearby Golden Temple Vellore

  • Vellore Fort was built during the 16th century AD by the Aravindu Dynasty of the Vijaynagar Empire. Later the fort’s ownership passed through the various dynasties like the Marathas, Bijapur Sultans, the Carnatic Nawabs and the British. The massive ramparts and moats have made the fort a strategic location, it was also known to have Tipu Sultan’s family and the last king of Sri Lanka as prisoners during the time of the British. The fort complex contains a church, a temple and a mosque.
  • Jalakandeswarar Temple is located within the Vellore fort complex and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Temple is one of the amazing specimens of the Dravidian architecture and houses one of the most intricately carved stone pillars. The temple also has a huge 7 tiered gopuram and adorned with various intricate carvings.
  • The Srilakshmi Golden Temple is also known by the name Lakshmi Narayani temple. The amazing feature of the temple is pretty evident as the whole structure is coated in gold leaf.
  • Yelagiri is a small hill station in Vellore. The town is located in the middle of flowery meadows, tea estates and orchards. The various lakes and waterfalls in Yelagiri attract a huge number of tourists.
Jambukeswarar Temple

Jambukeswarar Temple Thiruvanaikaval

Jambukeswarar Temple Thiruvanaikaval

The Jambukeswarar temple is a famous temple where we worship Lord Shiva in Tiruchirapalli or Trichy in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. This temple is also known by the names Thiruvanaikaval and Thiruvanaikal. The temple was built by Kocengannan (Kochenga Chola), one of the Early Cholas, around 1,800 years ago. It is located in the Srirangam Island, which has the famous Ranganathaswamy temple. Hundreds and thousands of devotees gather here every year to watch the Lord and get his blessings.

History of Jambukeswarar Temple

Intriguing stories surround the formation of the temple. It is told that once Devi Parvati mocked Lord Shiva’s penance for the improvement of the world. Shiva wanted to condemn her act and asked her to go to the earth from Kailash (Shiva’s abode) to do penance. Parvati in the form of Akilandeswari as per Shiva’s wish found Jambu forest (Thiruvanaikoil) to conduct her penance. She made a lingam out of water of river Cauvery under the Venn Naaval tree (the Venn Naaval tree on top of the saint Jambu) and commenced her worship. The lingam is known as Appu Lingam (Water Lingam). Siva at last gave darshan to Akilandeswari and taught her Siva Gnana. Akilandeswari took Upadesa (lessons) facing East from Shiva, who stood facing west.

Malyavan and Pushpadanta were two Shiva Ganas or disciples. They always were on conflict over something or other and once Malyavan cursed Pushpadanta to become an elephant on Earth and the latter cursed the other to become a spider. The elephant and the spider came to Jambukeswaram and continued their Siva worship. The elephant collected water from river Cauvery and conducted ablution to the lingam under the Jambu tree every day. Shiva, in the form of Jambukeswara, moved by the deep devotion of the two, relieved them from the curse. As an elephant worshipped Siva here, this place came to be known as Thiru Aanai Kaa (thiru means holy, aanai is elephant, kaa (kaadu) means forest). Later the name ‘Thiruaanaikaa’ becomes ‘Thiruvanaikaval’ and ‘Thiruvanaikoil’.

For committing the sin killing the elephant, the spider was born as the King Kochengot Chola meaning red-eyed king and built 70 temples and this temple is the one among them. Remembering his enmity with the elephant in his previous birth, he built the Shiva Sannathi (sanctorum) such that not even a small elephant can enter.

Significance of Jambukeswarar Temple

  • The sanctum of Jambukeswarar has an underground water stream and in spite of pumping water out, it is always filled with water.
  • It is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams, where all the four most revered Nayanars (Saivite Saints) have sung glories of the deity in this temple.
  • There are five enclosures inside the temple. The massive outer wall covering the fifth precinct, known as the Vibudi Prakara, stretches over a mile and is two feet thick and over 25 feet high. Legend maintains that the wall was built by Shiva working with the laborers. The fourth precinct contains a hall with 796 pillars. It also has a small tank fed by perpetual springs.
  • The main deity of the temple is Jambukeswara, representing the element water. Jambukeswara is depicted sitting under a jambu tree, which grows over a small stream that engulfs the deity during the rainy season.
  • The temple is also considered the abode of goddess Akilandeswari, one of the forms of the goddess Parvati.
  • The sannathy of the goddess Akilandeshwari and the sannathy of Prasanna Vinayaka are in the shape of the pranava manthra called “Om”.
  • The temples idols are installed opposite to each other – Such temples are known as Upadesa Sthalams. As the Devi was like a student and Jambukeswara like a Guru (teacher) in this temple, there is no Thiru Kalyanam (marriage) conducted in this temple for Shiva and Parvathi, unlike the other Shiva temples.

Timings of Rituals and Poojas at Jambukeswarar temple

  • Darshan time is from 6:00 am to 12 pm in the afternoon and 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the night.
  • The Ushakkala pooja takes place from 6:30 am to 7:30 am.
  • The Kaalashandhi pooja takes place from 8 am to 8:45 am.
  • The Uchikkala pooja take place from 11 am to 12 pm.
  • The Saayaraksha pooja takes place from 5 pm to 5:45 pm in the evening.
  • The Ardhajama pooja happens at 9 pm in the night. That is the last pooja of the day.

Festivals celebrated at Jambukeswarar Temple

  • Panguni Brahmmotsavam in March-April and Aadi Pooram in July-August are the festivals elaborately celebrated in the temple.
  • Purattasi is the Navarathiri festival taking place elaborately over 10 days.
  • Thai – Thai Poosam, Thai theppam (Float) festival. Special poojas are performed during Fridays of Thai month.
  • Vaikasi also known as Vasantha Urchavam is another significant festival that is celebrated for 10 days.

How to reach Jambukeswarar Temple

  • By air: the nearest airport is Trichy at a distance of 15km. One can avail flights on a regular basis.
  • By rail: the Trichy junction is at a distance of 8km and frequent trains are available on a daily basis.
  • By road: Thiruvanaikaval is situated in the middle of Trichy and Thiruvarangam is about 320 km on Chennai & Kanyakumari national highway. The temple is located 8 km from central bus stand and 3 km from Chathiram bus stand at Trichy. Government and private bus service is available to reach Thiruvanaikaval.

Hotels nearby Jambukeswarar Temple

  • Sri Maruti Pilgrims House offers accommodation in Tiruchchirappalli. The temple is 2.1 km away. It has a welcoming atmosphere.
  • Mayas Kem Pride at 75-I, Salai Road , Thillai Nagar is a renowned hotel that is liked by many.
  • Hotel Mayas at Hotel Mayas 46, Karur Bye Pass Road, Chatram Bus Stand features resplendent accommodations that are welcomed by many.

Places nearby Jambukeswarar Temple

  • Arulmigu saptharisheeswara Temple – The temple here has won a unique place among the temples of Tamil Nadu. It was here only the seven rishis, atri, brihu, pulsithar, vasistar, gauthamar, angeerasar and marichi, prayed to the presiding deity, saptharisheeswarar, to ward off the bad period they were passing through. The temple was taken up for being extended by the parantaka kings.This is an ancient temple about 500-1000 years old
  • Arulmigu Vekkalaimman Temple- It is dedicated to Lord Mother Vekkali Amman graces majestically sitting on a Yoga Peeta facing north. She is holding trident, Udukkai, the rope-pasam and Akshaya Patra (a vessel from which food would be constantly flowing to feed all beings) in Her four hands.