Monday, March 26, 2012

East Godavari temples


Bheemeswara temple stone mandapam

My earlier blog was about Konaseema. I did not cover temples I visited in that region namely Jaganmohini at Ryali, Siddhi Vinayak temple at Ainavalli, Lakshminarasimha temple at Antervedi in Konaseema, I again went next day by Taxi to cover the famous templesof Draksharamam, Pithapuram, Annavaram which are towards Vizag.This write up is all about temples.
Ryali in Konaseema is located 40 Km from Rajahmundry. According to the legend "Bhagavatam" while Devatas and Rakshas were quarrelling over sharing of holy Devine nectar "Sree Maha Vishnu" came to the rescue of Devatas in the guise of Mohini.The place where the flower from the plait of Mohini fell is named as RYALI the Telugu meaning of "Fall".
This place known as Ryali for the above reason became abode of Lord Siva and Sree Mahavishnu with the form of Mohini on back side Lord Brahma consecrated the Siva Lingam with his Kamandalam and hence Lord Siva at Ryali is worshipped as Sri Uma Kamandalesara Swamy Varu, Sri Mahavishnu with the form of Mohini on backside is worshipped as Sri Jaganmohini Kesava Swamy varu This is very rare feature at Ryali where Vishnu and Lord Siva Temples faces each other in East, West direction. Temple appears new but idols are of Chalukya period.The Archaka showed me details on the idol like Sankha, Chakra with the help of lamp.He took me behind the idol also to show hairdo of Mohini with a flower in it.
In the midst of the lush green fields of the River Godavari, the Konaseema area reminds one of the sanctity and sacred feeling described in the Vaastu Sastra. In this area of Konaseema is AINAVILLI, where the "SIDDHI VINAYAKA TEMPLE" is situated. Before performing Daksha Yagna Daksha Prajapati was supposed to have performed puja of Vinayaka at this place for its successful completion. This is written in the "KSHETRA PURANA" of this place. photo main gopuram with cattle
Antarvedi is famous for the Laxmi Narasimha Swamy temple opposite Vasishta Godavari and constructed between the 15th and 16th centuries. There is also a temple of Lord Siva that is older than Narasimha Swamy temple. The temple's idol of Lord Siva was installed by Lord Srirama.In the 18th century, Peddapuram Rajas were the trustees and were responsible for developing the temple. I went to beach at Antervedi where the waves were unusally mild. I am told that in May the waves will be normal.
Now the more marvellous temple which is not to be missed The Bhimeswara temple at Draksharamam also called Dakshina Kasi is beautiful and also well worth a visit. It is now under control of ASI. Bhimeswara is enshrined in the form of a ten feet high Shivalingam in its sanctum sanctorum. Shiva's consort here is Manikyamba. The temple construction was started in mid 800 AD and completed somewhere around the 11th century. The construction of the temple is a marvel, consisting of a two-staired mandapa and two walls, one inside of the other. The inner temple (Garbhaalaya) made it a very profound and cultural work of architecture in those times.. The temple's two-stair mandapa is a real astonishment for anyone, and the pillars in the temple are carved so delicately skillfully carved. It has one of the world's longest siva linga which you have to see first on ground floor and go to first floor..Then there is pond Sapta Godavari theertham outside temple. This Holy Pilgrimage is one of the rare few, where the God and Goddess are equally important. One is Varanasi in North with Viswanatha and Annapurna. Second is Srisailam with Sri Mallikharjuna and Bramaramba and third is Draksharama with Bhimanatha and Manikyamba. Two photos with one small bridge
Kukkuteswara swamy temple is present in the outskirts of the Pithapuram village towards Kakinada. It is a big temple. Just entering in to the temple we'll see a pond which is called as Padagaya sarovaram (Pada Gaya Sarovar).There is a photo showing Gayasura. Main temple of Kukkuteswara swamy is present towards the right side of the pond. Puruhutha Devi temple is small but looks very nice with the carvings of Ashtadasa Shakti peethas on it's walls. Pithapuram is third one of three Gayas of India.1st is – Siro Gaya also familiarly known as “GAYA in Bihar 2nd is – Nabi Gaya near to Jajpur Railway Junction in Orissa near Cuttack, 3rd is – Padagaya at Pithapuram, located in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. According to “Bhimeswara Purana” of Srinath kavi Sarvabhuma, Pithapuram is one of the twelve pilgrim centress (Dwadasa Punya Keshatras).
Then I covered the much sacred Annavaram also where famous Sri Satyanarayana swami temple is there on hill. The temple of Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayanaswamy is the main temple on the Ratnagiri hill. Annavaram is one of the most famous Holy Shrines in India and enjoying second place after Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. The temple is built in the Dravidian style. Now the main temple under renovation is going to be thrown open to piligrims in March 2nd week.
On the earlier day Konaseema trip, I could see Razole town but not Amalapuram. In this trip,I passed through Tapeswaram famous for Kajalu, Ramachandrapuram, Kakinada which is a well developed town and then Pithapuram and Annavaram. .I could not go to Samarlakota which has another Pancharama temple - Kumararama Sri Bhimeswaraswamy temple.
From tourist point of view, taxi charges will be Rs. 1600 each day to cover the spots mentioned by me. Because of temples, you need to start early. Annavaram temple does not close during the day.. Except Ravulapalem where we had breakfast, there are no good hotels for lunch.in that entire region.A more economic way to see Konaseema is to take the Rajahmundry Amalapuram bus. But then you have to see everything from bus only. You may not meet Pullayya also who was very happy with the Tenner I gave him for CHUTTA .. His landlord whom I could meet, has 70 acres of land.
Annavaram main Dwaram
Draksharamam Bheemeswar temple
Ainavalli Siddhivinayak temple
Ryali Jaganmohini temple
My earlier blog was about Konaseema. I did not cover temples I visited in that region namely Jaganmohini at Ryali, Siddhi Vinayak temple at Ainavalli, Lakshminarasimha temple at Antervedi in Konaseema, I again went next day by Taxi to cover the famous templesof Draksharamam, Pithapuram, Annavaram which are towards Vizag.This write up is all about temples.
Ryali in Konaseema is located 40 Km from Rajahmundry. According to the legend "Bhagavatam" while Devatas and Rakshas were quarrelling over sharing of holy Devine nectar "Sree Maha Vishnu" came to the rescue of Devatas in the guise of Mohini.The place where the flower from the plait of Mohini fell is named as RYALI the Telugu meaning of "Fall".
This place known as Ryali for the above reason became abode of Lord Siva and Sree Mahavishnu with the form of Mohini on back side Lord Brahma consecrated the Siva Lingam with his Kamandalam and hence Lord Siva at Ryali is worshipped as Sri Uma Kamandalesara Swamy Varu, Sri Mahavishnu with the form of Mohini on backside is worshipped as Sri Jaganmohini Kesava Swamy varu This is very rare feature at Ryali where Vishnu and Lord Siva Temples faces each other in East, West direction.. Temple appears new but idols are of Chalukya period.The Archaka showed me details on the idol like Sankha, Chakra with the help of lamp.He took me behind the idol also to show hairdo of Mohini with a flower in it.
In the midst of the lush green fields of the River Godavari, the Konaseema area reminds one of the sanctity and sacred feeling described in the Vaastu Sastra. In this area of Konaseema is AINAVILLI, where the "SIDDHI VINAYAKA TEMPLE" is situated. Before performing Daksha Yagna Daksha Prajapati was supposed to have performed puja of Vinayaka at this place for its successful completion. This is written in the "KSHETRA PURANA" of this place.
Antarvedi is famous for the Laxmi Narasimha Swamy temple opposite Vasishta Godavari and constructed between the 15th and 16th centuries. There is also a temple of Lord Siva that is older than Narasimha Swamy temple. The temple's idol of Lord Siva was installed by Lord Srirama.In the 18th century, Peddapuram Rajas were the trustees and were responsible for developing the temple. I went to beach at Antervedi where the waves were unusally mild. I am told that in May the waves will be normal.
Now the more marvellous temple which is not to be missed The Bhimeswara temple at Draksharamam also called Dakshina Kasi is beautiful and also well worth a visit. It is now under control of ASI. Bhimeswara is enshrined in the form of a ten feet high Shivalingam in its sanctum sanctorum. Shiva's consort here is Manikyamba. The temple construction was started in mid 800 AD and completed somewhere around the 11th century. The construction of the temple is a marvel, consisting of a two-staired mandapa and two walls, one inside of the other. The inner temple (Garbhaalaya) made it a very profound and cultural work of architecture in those times.. The temple's two-stair mandapa is a real astonishment for anyone, and the pillars in the temple are carved so delicately skillfully carved. It has one of the world's longest siva linga which you have to see first on ground floor and go to first floor..Then there is pond Sapta Godavari theertham outside temple. This Holy Pilgrimage is one of the rare few, where the God and Goddess are equally important. One is Varanasi in North with Viswanatha and Annapurna. Second is Srisailam with Sri Mallikharjuna and Bramaramba and third is Draksharama with Bhimanatha and Manikyamba.
Kukkuteswara swamy temple is present in the outskirts of the Pithapuram village towards Kakinada. It is a big temple. Just entering in to the temple we'll see a pond which is called as Padagaya sarovaram (Pada Gaya Sarovar).Main temple of Kukkuteswara swamy is present towards the right side of the pond. Puruhutha Devi temple is small but looks very nice with the carvings of Ashtadasa Shakti peethas on it's walls. Pithapuram is third one of three Gayas of India.1st is – Siro Gaya also familiarly known as “GAYA in Bihar 2nd is – Nabi Gaya near to Jajpur Railway Junction in Orissa near Cuttack, 3rd is – Padagaya at Pithapuram, located in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. According to “Bhimeswara Purana” of Srinath kavi Sarvabhuma, Pithapuram is one of the twelve pilgrim centress (Dwadasa Punya Keshatras).
Then I covered the much sacred Annavaram also where famous Sri Satyanarayana swami temple is there on hill. The temple of Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayanaswamy is the main temple on the Ratnagiri hill. Annavaram is one of the most famous Holy Shrines in India and enjoying second place after Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. The temple is built in the Dravidian style. Now the main temple under renovation is going to be thrown open to piligrims in March 2nd week.
On the earlier day Konaseema trip, I could see Razole town but not Amalapuram. In this trip,I passed through Tapeswaram famous for Kajalu, Ramachandrapuram, Kakinada which is a well developed town and then Pithapuram and Annavaram. .I could not go to Samarlakota which has another Pancharama temple - Kumararama Sri Bhimeswaraswamy temple.
From tourist point of view, taxi charges will be Rs. 1600 each day to cover the spots mentioned by me. Because of temples, you need to start early. Annavaram temple does not close during the day.. Except Ravulapalem where we had breakfast, there are no good hotels for lunch.in that entire region.A more economic way to see Konaseema is to take the Rajahmundry Amalapuram bus. But then you have to see everything from bus only. You may not meet Pullayya also who was very happy with the Tenner I gave him for CHUTTA .. His landlord whom I could meet, has 70 acres of land.

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