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Annavaram Temple, Annavaram

About Annavaram Temple

Annavaram is famous for Lord Veera Venkata Satya Narayana Swamy temple, situated atop the Ratnagiri Hills on the banks of the river Pampa. One of the most popular temples in Andhra Pradesh. The shrine is constructed in two storey, the lower one containing an Yantra and upper one housing of the Idol of the Lord. The temple at Annavaram has been constructed to depict this idea concretely. The front side of the temple depicts the chariot. The Meru on the floor with the pillar at the center, and the idols at the top are intended to bring forth the idea that the Lord not only remains at the heart’s center but also permeates the entire universe. The wheels depicting the Sun and the Moon serve to remind us that this Juggernaut moves on the wheels of time, and goes on for ever and ever, Thus the Annavaram temple satisfies both the ritualistic values and the spiritual aspirations of the devotees. As per the puranas the presiding deity of the place blesses the devotees with Anina Varam (Wanted Boon) the place is called Annavaram. The hillock by the side of the village is considered to be very sacred.Meruvu the Lord of the hills and his consort Menaka did great penance and begot two sons by the grace of Lord Vishnu. One was named Bhadra and the other Ratnakara. Bhadra pleased Lord Vishnu with his devotion and penance and with his grace became Bhadrachalam on which Lord Sri Rama had permanently settled. Ratnakara desired to emulate his brother and succeeded in pleasing Lord Vishnu by his penance to settle on him as Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy, Ratnakara remaining as Ratnagiri hill.

The temple of Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy is the main temple on the Ratnagiri hill. There is also a temple of Sri Rama and the shrines of Vanadurga and Kanaka Durga nearby. The temple of gramadevatha (village deity) is in the village at the foot of the hill. It is said that Raja I.V.Ramanarayanam,the then zamindar of Gorsa and Kirlampudi estates, having been ordained by the Lord in his dream, traced the idol on the hill, worshipped it and installed it at the present spot on sravana suddha vidhiya of the telugu year Khara, 1891. The hillock it self is about 300ft above sea level, green fields all-round the hills and the pampa river encircling Ratnagiri. About 460 well laid stone steps leads to the top of it. The main temple constructed in the form of a chariot with the four wheels at each of the four corners. In front of the main temple is the kalyana mantapa, constructed and decorated with modern pieces of architecture. As we go down the way, we come across Ramalaya and then the shrines of Vana Durga and Kanaka Durga.

The Akriti of any temple is, according to the Agni Purana, merely a manifestation of the Prakriti. According to this the chariot of the temple is intended as a symbol of the Seven Lokas and the seven Lokhas above with, the garbhalaya of the Lord, at the heart’s center ruling over the entire Universe.

Important Festival Days:

  1. Ugadi Panchagasravanam
  2. Srirama Navami Sri Sitarama Kalyanotsavams.
  3. Chaitra Bahula Sri Kanaka Durgamma Vari Jatara
  4. Shasti to Amavasya Mahotsavams.
  5. Sri Sarawathi Pooja
  6. SriKrishanaJayanti Utla Sambaram
  7. Sri VinayakaChavathi Ganapthi Navaratara Utasavams
  8. Sri Devi Navatarta Mahanyasa Abhishakam and Laksha
  9. Kumkumarchana are being performed at Yantralayam.
  10. Vijayadesami Jamii Pooja
  11. Divali Deepotasavam
  12. Karthika Sudda Boat Festival at Pampa river
  13. Dwadasi
  14. Karthika Pournami Giri Pradakshina Jawala Toranam
  15. Kanuma Utsavam Prabha Utsavam will be conducted in village
  16. Mahasivaratri Mahanyasa Poorvaka Abhishekam Laksha Bilwarchana in the Main Temple.

How to reach Annavaram:

Annavaram is situated at a distance of two miles from Annavaram Railway Station on the Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam broad gauge section of the Southern Railways and 45 Kms from East Godavari District Head Quarters Kakinada Town

  • Bus: Buses available from vijayawada and Visakhapatnam.
  • Rail: Nearest Railway station Annavaram.
  • Air: Hyderabad, Vizag. Airports.

Accommodation in Annavaram:

Devastanam administration has taken all measures for the pilgrim's comfortable stay on the Ratnagiri. Visitors will be offered different kinds of accommodation ranging from Normal rooms to A.C Suits in various choultries and guest houses on the hill.

For the convenience of the casual visitors devastanam provided lockers to keep their luggage . Advance reservation facility is available for all accommodations except Prakash Sadan. Reservation will be done before 40 days on payment of Rs 25/-

Choultry's Name & Rent per day:

  • Sri Seetha Rama Satram : Rs 100.00
  • Sri Centinary Satram : Rs 225.00
  • Sri Kanaka Durga Satram : Rs 100.00
  • T.T.D Satram : Rs 050.00
  • Satya Niketan (Annavaram Town): Rs 100.00

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