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Annavaram Temple

Annavaram Temple is also known as Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Temple. The Pampa River's shore is home to the temple town of Annavaram. It is located in East Godavari in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The village's Veera Venkata Satyanarayana temple, a reflection of Vishnu, is located on Ratnagiri Hill.

Only Tirupati Temple in Andhra Pradesh receives more worshippers than Annavaram Temple, one of the most popular religious sites in the nation.

Annavaram Temple

About

As in other Divayakshetrams, Sri Satyanarayana Swamy in Annavaram is encircled and accompanied by divine rivers, touching the feet of the hill. The Satyanarayana Swamy Temple at Annavaram was designed in the Dravidian style. The ruling deity, Lord Satyadeva, with his spouse Sri Anantha Lakshmi on one side and Lord Siva on the other side. In his majestic appearance of the Divine Trinity known as Hari Hara Hiranya Garbha Thrimurtyatmaka, Lord Satyadeva, the god of truth, imparts eternal benefits to humanity. As a consequence of this, this Temple draws both Vaishnava and Saiva followers, and numerous individuals from throughout the nation come here every day to serve Lord Satyadeva while placing ethnic and religious differences aside.

The peetam of Swamy Varu is richly decorated with the establishment of panchayatana, which is suitable for the beauty and purity of the deities. With four wheels on each of the four sides, the main Temple was designed like a chariot. The Agni Purana highlights the akriti of this Temple. The idol is cylinder-shaped and is roughly 4 metres (13 feet) tall. The yantra and the Lord's peetham are located on the bottom floor of the Temple, which has two levels.

There are also a few residences and kalyana arches built close to the Temple. The management provided the worshipers with the right to do the holy ritual, and to that end, they built arches around the Temple.

Modern architectural elements are used to build and beautify the Kalyana Mantapam, which is situated in front of the grand Temple. As we continue along the path, we approach Ramalaya, followed by the famous temples of Vana Durga. It is reported that Devi may be seen in the sacred premises at night, where she continually protects the Lord's property.

The four gods-Ganapati, Suryanarayanaswamy, Bala Tripurasundari, and Maheswaraswamy-that make up the panchayathanam are shown on the yantra's four sides. The statue of Lord Satyanarayana Swami lies at the heart of the first floor, to the left of Goddess Anantha Lakshmi Ammavaru and to the right of Lord Shiva. The statues are performing gold kavachams and are the most incredible, beautiful, and elegant.

The original identity of Sri Satyanarayanaswamy claims to have been discovered by the worshippers at the nearby Temple of Sri Rama. The Kshetra Palaka of Lord Satyadeva's habitation is believed to belong to Lord Sri Rama.

History of Annavaram Temple

According to mythology, Ramarayanam used to be the then-zamindar of the Gorasa and Kirlampudi estates in Samalkot after being appointed by the Lord in a dream. He located the figure on the hill, honoured it, and then set it over the Sravanasuddhavidiya in the Telugu year of 1891.

Annavaram Temple

On a peak overlooking the Bay of Bengal, 11 miles away, and a line of the beautiful Eastern Ghats on the opposite side, the Temple was constructed. The Pampa River and hills on all sides encircle Ratnagiri. With 460 well-constructed stone stairs up to the peak, the prominent hilltop is elevated to around 300 feet above sea level.

The temple complex has four wheels at each corner and is designed like a chariot. The central Temple's entrance is decorated with a contemporary design, featuring a Kalyanamantapa. The Devi is reported to appear there at night, according to the sacred corridors that constantly protect the Lord, where there is a Ramalaya and temples to the beloved Vana Durga.

The Architecture of the Temple

Annavaram Temple

The structure of the Annavaram Satyanarayana Swamy temple is remarkable. The chariot's wheels represent the passing of time. Around the major temple are a few other minor temples. Small temples are also admired by the worshippers. As a result, worshippers are given access to a wide range of services. The students are provided with free room and board. A thousand Satyanarayana Vratams can be performed by some mandapas. On the site of the Temple, there is a Veda Patashala as well.

Festivals

The two main celebrations observed in the temple are Sri Swamivari Jayanti and Sri Swamyvari Kalyana Mahotsavam. Other significant Annavaram Temple events are Devi Navratri, Swayamvara Vardhanti of Sriavana, Suddha Ekadashi Day, Srirama Kalyana, Teppa Utsavam, Kanakadurga Yatra, Jalatoranam, and Prabha Utsavam.

Deities

As in other Divayakshetrams, Sri Satyanarayana Swamy in Annavaram is encircled and accompanied by sacred rivers, touching the feet of the hill. The governing divinity, Lord Satyadeva, with his spouse Sri Anantha Lakshmi on one side and Lord Siva on the other side. The name Satyanarayana is composed of the words Satya, which means truth, and Narayana, which means the Supreme Being. Hence, Satyanarayana represents the supreme creator, who is the symbol of truth. It is said that Lord Satyanarayana is the symbol of truth. The devotion to truth in all aspects of one's life and the practice of truth are essential components of Satyanarayana's real worship. It is a commitment to God to live a good life sincerely since doing so results in moksha. Traditions should be performed both emotionally and intellectually.

i) Lord Siva

Lord Shiva is "the transformer" in the Trimurti, the Hindu trinity that also includes Brahma and Vishnu, and is shown to the left of Satyanarayana Swamy's statue. In the Shaiva belief, Shiva is regarded as the Almighty Being who originates, preserves, and modifies the entire universe. The goddess is referred to as ultimate in the Hindu goddess religion known as Shaktism. However, Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma are often worshipped. According to mythology, a goddess represents each person's spirit and creative mind (Shakti), with Parvati representing Shiva's complimentary counterpart. In the Panchayatana puja of the Smarta school of Hinduism, he serves as one of the five identical spirits.

ii) Sri Seetha Rama Swamy

Sri Sita Rama Swamy Varu's temple is popularly known as Keshatra Palakulu. Lord Vishnu's seventh avatar, well-known as Lord Rama. Rama, the ideal form of the Almighty Guardian Vishnu, has long enjoyed universal praise among the Hindu community. Rama is a guy of values and morals who represents politeness and ethics. Ramachandra is referred to as Maryada Purushottama or the ideal man. It is widely believed that Lord Rama was born on earth in order to overcome the negative powers of the era.

iii) Sri Ganapathi Swamy

Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, has a gigantic pot-bellied human body in addition to an elephantine face with a twisted trunk and large ears. He is the remover of barriers and the Lord of victory. He is also revered as the Lord of education, information, wisdom, and prosperity. Ganesha is one of the five main Hindu deities (the other four are Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, and Durga), and panchayatana puja is the celebration of his devotion.

Ganesha's human body represents Maya, or the temporary existence of humans on earth, while his head represents the Atman, or soul, which is the eternal, divine reality of human life. The elephant's trunk signifies Om, the sound representation of ultimate reality, while its head represents enlightenment.

iv) Sri Suryanarayana Swamy

He is also regarded as one of the Navagrahas since he is the principal God of the nine planets of Hindu astrology or the Navagrahas. Hinduism's fundamental sun divinity is Surya Deva, formerly referred to as Suraya or Phra Athit. Surya Deva is known by the name of the Sun as well. Surya is usually represented by driving a chariot pulled by seven horses, or alternately, by one horse featuring seven heads. The rainbow's elements and the seven chakras of the inner human body are both symbolised by these seven horses. Surya is generally depicted carrying a lotus in one hand and a Sankh (shell), a Chakra (disk), and a Gada (mace) in each of his hands (mace).

v) Sri Bala Tripurasundari Devi

The younger version of Sri Lalitha Tripurasundari is known as Sri Bala Thirupurasundari Ambal. A shishya joins Srividya with her mantra. Because Sri Bala is a symbolic representation of Lalitha Tripura Sundari Devi and acts like a young boy in all of her actions, she is known as the Leela Vinothini. For those who worship her, she offers real understanding, skills training, intellect, strength, and wealth for a better life. Sri Bala is a nine-year-old version of Sri Lalitha Devi who lives with her mother, whatever the hour.

vi) Sri Vanadurga Ammavaru

The Vana Durga is worshipped greatly, and it is reported that Devi may still be seen wandering the sacred grounds at night, constantly monitoring the grounds of the Satyanarayana Temple.

Timings of Annavaram Temple

From 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Annavaram Temple Darshan is open. Numerous poojas are conducted by the temple priests across the whole year, and worshippers practice Abhishekas in the Yantralayam for Rs. 100 per ticket.

Guidelines

Do's

  • Do appreciate and encourage religious feelings among fellow devotees, keep complete calm within the temple, and repeat "Om Sri Satya Devaya Namaha" to yourself.
  • Please get in touch with any of the Annavaram Devasthanam Enquiry Offices for details about the temple.
  • Before entering the temple, perform Pradakshinam with dedication, keeping the shrine to your right.
  • Do as the temple directs and wait for your turn to receive the Lord's Darsanam.
  • Please only place your gifts in the hundi.

Don'ts

  • Stay away from non-vegetarian meals.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol or using other addictive substances.
  • You may not enter the temple grounds while wearing shoes or drive a vehicle around the temple.
  • Do not ask sellers for quick Darsanam and lodging.
  • Instead of separating from the line, wait for your turn for Darsanam.
  • In the temple, do not bend the knee (sastanga danda Pranamam).
  • Avoid purchasing fake prasadam from street sellers.
  • Prasadam and Teertham are presents from the temple; do not discard them.
  • Avoid being disruptive or spitting inside the shrine.
  • Avoid going inside the temple in just a loincloth or when unclothed.
  • Inside the temple grounds, avoid wearing any head coverings, including helmets, caps, turbans, and hats.
  • Keep your weapons away from the temple.
  • On temple grounds, avoid eating outside food and chewing betel leaves.
  • Avoid urinating, moving, or smoking inside the temple's property.
  • Don't pray with only one hand.
  • Never occupy a seat with your back to the Almighty.
  • Don't discuss your wealth, income, or social background.
  • Don't argue inside the temple grounds.
  • Don't engage in any unfriendly or abusive behaviour on the grounds of the temple.
  • Don't fall asleep on the temple grounds.

Charitable Works

The following social activities are being carried out by Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy Vari Devasthanam.

Vidyadanam: Oriental High School, which has over 380 children in grades six to ten.

Sri Satya Deva Junior College: A junior college with 550 students divided into four groups: M.P.C., BiPC, C.E.C., and H.E.C.

Sri Satya Deva Degree College: This bachelor's institution enrols 620 students in three B.Sc., B.Com., and B.A. groups.

Smartha Agama Patashala: This organisation raises funds to educate young male students.

Satya Deva Free Dispensary: A free dispensary that also offers free medication.

Sahaja Yoga Nature Cure Hospital: A 40-bed yoga-based traditional healing facility with a gymnasium, mud bath, and vertebral bath.

Ways to Reach Annavaram

Devasthanam Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamyvari, the South Central Railways' Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam broad gauge route, passes through the famous village of Annavaram, which is located two miles from the Annavaram Railway Station in the Andhra Pradesh region's East Godavari district. It borders National Highway No. 16 between Kathipudi and Tuni. It is 80 kilometres from Rajahmundry, 120 kilometres from Visakhapatnam, and 50 kilometres from Kakinada Town, the administrative centre for the East Godavari District.

By Road

Express buses from Kakinada, Rajahmundry, and Visakhapatnam run regularly. Devasthanam serves buses from Down Hill to Up Hill.

A.P.S.R.T.C. Buses: A.P.S.R.T.C. operates buses every half-hour through Annavaram from Rajahmundry to Visakhapatnam and back.

Every fifteen minutes, buses run from Tuni to Kakinada, passing through Annavaram and other villages.

By Train

Annavaram Station is the main stop for most trains that run between Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada.

By Air

The nearest airport, located on the east side of Annavaram, is in Visakhapatnam. Visakhapatnam is located 2 hours away from Annavaram. Rajahmundry is linked to the closest airport, which is located on the west side of Annvaram. Rajahmundry is around 1 hour away from Annavaram.







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