Sri Uma Markandeyeswara Swamy Temple
The temple is located in Rajahmundry town which is at a distance of 65 Km from Kakinada and 70 Km from Amalapuram. Ac cording to the recitals, a Muni called Mrukhanada dedicated for Meditation with an object of getting children and Lord Siva gave Varam at the choice of Muni to select a Baby having no husband throughout her life or a Boy surviving 11 years for a sprit of devotion and pious personality. The Muni choosed a Boy at the instance of Lord Siva. Lord Siva gave varam accordingly.
The Boy, named 'Markandaya' having the knowledge of his short survival, dedicated his life for Tapasya, installed a Lingam at the place where the temple is now situates and worshipped the Lingam. On attaining the age of 11 years, Yamah tried to take his life but, Lord Shiva came to the rescue the Boy and gave varam of total survival of his life. The Boy completely dedicated his life for the worship of Lord Siva and reached Siva and Parvathi Ammavaru. This is the Historical back-ground. As the Idol (Lingam) and Ammavaru are stated to have installed by Muni Markandeya, the temple is popularly known as Sri Markendeyeswara Swamy Varu.
According to the Records, the Temple was managed by Sri Raja Raja Narendhra, Cholas and subsequently by Reddy Rajas. It was installed in a site measuring 1000 Sq. yards and it was about 194 years back.
It owns an extent of Ac. 31- 91 cents dedicated by the Erst-while Raja and it is at present getting an annual income of Rs.6,64,000/-
It is at present Managed by an Executive Officer of Grade-I under the control of Endowments Department.
Annual Kalyanam, Kartikamasam, Mahasivarathri and Devinavarathrulu are being celebrated at the appreciation of public. Saswatha Poojas are also introduced by the Executive Officer and it has given good response and also helped for better augment of income of the temple. Annadana Scheme is proposed to be introduced raising funds from phylonthropic public and it will be materalised shortly.
An appeal to the public and phylonthropic persons is to donate funds to the temple for development of rituals and saswatha annadanam scheme proposed to be introduced. Donations may be sent in favour of the Executive Officer of Sri Uma Markandeyeswara Swamy Devasthanam, Godavari Bund, Rajahmundry Town, E.G. District. Any correspondence may be made in favor of the above address.
Executive Officer appeal to public
The temple is an ancient and historical one in both East and West Godavari Districts. His holiness Kanchi Kama Koti Peethadhipathi, Sree Srungeri Peethadhipathi, Kurthalam Peethadhipathi and Saraswathi Jayendaraswamy have visited that temple and worshipped Lord Siva and Ammavaru.
Public contribution are invited to undertake developmental activities. Annadhanam scheme is proposed to be introduced public donations invited. The scheme is to be exempted under section 80(G) of Income Tax Act.
Devinavarathrulu will be performed from Asvija Bahula Padyami to Dhasami. (October). During that time everyday Navavarna Archana, Suhasini Pooja and Devi Avatharams will be exhibited besides Dhoopa Prakara Seva's and Special Poojas also will be performed.
Kartikamasam - Akanda Deeparadhana, Dhoopa Prakarasevas special abhisekam's Lard Siva and special Kumkuma Pooja to Ammavaru everyday besides Jwalathoranam Seva in Karthika Pournima.
Mahasivarathri annual Kalyanam will be celebrated as per usage and customs of Mahasivarathri and Radhothavams, Sadaysam and Pushposthavams, will be celebrated for five days and also provide religious programmes.
Lot many number of 3 Star Hotels are available in Rajahmundry.
Sri Umamarkendeyeswara Swamy Temple