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:
- Ugadi Panchagasravanam
- Srirama Navami Sri Sitarama Kalyanotsavams.
- Chaitra Bahula Sri Kanaka Durgamma Vari Jatara
- Shasti to Amavasya Mahotsavams.
- Sri Sarawathi Pooja
- SriKrishanaJayanti Utla Sambaram
- Sri VinayakaChavathi Ganapthi Navaratara Utasavams
- Sri Devi Navatarta Mahanyasa Abhishakam and Laksha
- Kumkumarchana are being performed at Yantralayam.
- Vijayadesami Jamii Pooja
- Divali Deepotasavam
- Karthika Sudda Boat Festival at Pampa river
- Karthika Pournami Giri Pradakshina Jawala Toranam
- Kanuma Utsavam Prabha Utsavam will be conducted in village
- Mahasivaratri Mahanyasa Poorvaka Abhishekam Laksha Bilwarchana in the
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