Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sri Pydithalli Ammavaru Temple,vizianagaram/Famous hindu temples in vizianagaram district

Sri Pydithalli Ammavaru Temple
About Sri Pydithalli Ammavaru Temple 

The famous temple of Sri Pydithalli Ammavaru (also known as Pydimamba) is located in the heart of Vizianagaram city in the Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh. The goddess here is considered to be the "Grama Devata" (deity who protects the city). This ancient temple is located close to the railway station and the temple is one of the major and prestigious religious attractions in the district.

Sri Pydithalli Ammavaru Temple History

The history of the temple dates back to 18th century. Legends say that the goddess Pydimamba belonged to the Gajapati Dynasty and that she was the sister of king Vijaya Rama Raju. During 1756 the king of Vizianagaram had a constant rivalry with the king of Bobbili. Taking the help of French army, led by General De Bussy, Vijaya Rama Raju set out an invasion on Bobbili which led to the "Bobbili Battle" on 23rd January 1757. Many Bobbili soldiers were killed and the Bobbili fort was almost destroyed. During that battle the wife of king Vijaya Rama Raju and his sister, who was suffering from Masuchi (a disease), tried to convince him to avoid war. His sister, Pydimamba, was performing a pooja while she came to know that his brother was in trouble.

So, she wanted to enquire about his whereabouts and tried to convey a message to him through a soldier named Patiwada Appala Naidu. On Vijaya Dasami (a famous Hindu festival), she got the news that Vijaya Rama Raju was killed by Tandra Papa Rayudu. Listening to that she was fainted and fell ill. She told that she could not live anymore and her soul would join goddess Durga. Soon after, she passed away and the next Tuesday villagers found an idol of her at the western part of Pedda Cheruvu (lake), where the temple is constructed. Also, her statue is erected near the lake.

Sri Pydithalli Ammavaru Temple

Local info of  Sri Pydithalli Ammavaru Temple


There are few festivals- Sirimanu Utsavam, etc celebrated in this temple by the local denizens.

Sirimanu Utsavam: This Utsavam (festival) is grandly celebrated every year on the first Tuesday after Vijaya Dasami (prominent festival of Goddess Durga). People say that goddess Pydimamba comes into the dream of the priest of the temple, before 15 days of the Utsavam, and tells him the place where the Utsavam is to be conducted. "Sirimanu" means a big tree, for which the priest finds a big tree that suits the purpose. The owner must agree to cut and give it to the Utsavam. Later, the cut tree is carved carefully and decorated to make it as a Sirimanu. Then some poojas and rituals are performed and Sirimanu is taken over the streets of the city as a procession. People gather in large numbers to watch this spectacle and the descendants of Vizianagaram Rajahs watch it from the top of the fort. Sirimanu is placed in front of a chariot in the shape of a White elephant.

White Elephant Chariot: In the earlier days, the Maharajahs used to sit on white elephants to watch the Sirimanu Utsavam. Gradually, it has become a tradition to include the white elephant (chariot) in the Sirimanu Utsavam.

Anjali Chariot: Apart from the white elephant, there is another chariot, included in the Sirimanu Utsavam, called Anjali chariot. Pydimamba died before getting married, so five married women are seated on the chariot as a part of tradition. Hence, it is known as Anjali chariot.

Sirimanu Phaladhara: Phaladhara is an umbrella used in the Sirimanu Utsavam which is made of fishing nets and decorated with flowers and fruits. A legend says that the idol of the goddess was brought out from Pedda Cheruvu (lake) by the local fishermen who appealed that they would be given a chance to participate in the Sirimanu Utsavam with an umbrella made of fishing nets. Hence, it became a tradition over time. Thousands of people from different parts of the country come to watch this spectacular festival.

How to reach  Sri Pydithalli Ammavaru Temple

The temple is located in the heart of the Vizianagaram city near the Pedda Cheruvu (lake). Vizianagaram city can be reached very easily as it is located across the NH43 (National Highway road). The city has a railway junction which is on the Chennai - Howrah line and numerous trains like Visakha Express, Konark Express, Howrah Express, East Coast Express, Hirakhand Express and Dhanbad Express halt here. The nearest domestic airport is at Visakhapatnam at a distance of 40 km and the nearest international airport is at Shamshabad, Hyderabad at a distance of nearly 640 km.


Monday, September 26, 2011

Pithapuram Sri Kukkuteswara Swamy temple/Famous hindu temples in east godavari district

  Pithapuram Sri Kukkuteswara Swamy temple 

Located 20 Km from Kakinada and 75 Km from Rajahmundry, It is considered to be one of the 18 Shakthipithas in India. It is famous for the temples of Kukkuteshwara Swamy, Kunthimadhava Swamy and Sri Pada Vallabha Anaagha Datha Kshethram, Agraharam, Sri Venu Gopala Swamy Temple.

Pithapuram is one of the oldest and famous pilgrim places of India. There is an oldest temple call �Padagya Keshatram in Pithapuram. The Lord �Sri Kukuteswara Swamy is the Swayambhu with Spatika Lingam�. Pithapuram is one of the Twelve Pilgrims, one of the five Madava Keshatra and one of the Asta Dasa (Eighteen) Sakthi Petas. Previously Pithapuram is known as Pitikapuram.

Once you enter into the temple, complete the pradishana and come in front of Dwaja Stamba you will be attracted by the �Yaka Sila Nandi (Single Stone Nandi). The Yaka Sila is second biggest after Lepakshi Basaveswara Nandai.

Pithapuram is equalent to Kasi:

According to �Bhimeswara Purana� of Srinath kavi Sarvabhuma, Pithapuram is one of the twelve pilgrims (Dwadasa Punya Keshatras). The sage told that Pithapuram is equalent to Kasi and also known as Southern Kasi (Dakshina Kasi).

About the pond-Padagaya

Pithapuram is third one of three Gayas of India.

1st is � Siro Gaya also familiarly known as �GAYA�, located in Bihar State.

2nd is � Nabi Gaya near to Jijapur Railway Junction, located in Orrisa State

3rd is � Padagaya Pithapuram, located in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh.

Nitya Pugas
Sani Thrayodasi
Dassera Festivals (September/October)
Kaartika Masam (October/November)
Maha Shiva Rathi, Swamy Vari Kalyanam and Radostavam (February/March)
Magha Masam Thrayodasi (February/March)

Temple Authorities:

Executive Officer,
Sri Kukkuteswara Swami Temple,
Padagaya Kshethram,
East Godavari District.
PIN 533 450.
 Phone No : 08869 - 252477

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sri Mandeswara Swamy Temple, Mandapalli/ Sri Mandeswara Swamy Temple, Mandapalli Timings/Poojas / Sevas at Sri Mandeswara Swamy Temple, Mandapalli /Famous temples in east godavari

Sri Mandeswara Swamy Temple, Mandapalli
About the

Sri Mandeswara Swamy Temple, Mandapalli

Mandapalli is Situated 38 Km from Rajahmundry, 60 Km from Kakinada and 30 Km from Amalapuram.In the days of yore, this locality was the holy ashram of the sage Dhadhichi Maharshi. This hermit Dhadhichi has done a supreme sacrifice of donating his valuable spinal cord for the mighty and powerful weapon popularly known as Vajrayudha of Lord Indra, which was employed to kill the deadly asuraas. The weapons wielded by the eight suras in the eight directions called astadikpalakas, killed innumerable ghostly demons. To avenge the death of these demons certain other demons called Aswadha and Pippale invaded the area under reference and brought about untold havoc.

At last the eminent hermit 'Agasta' living in South India obliging the prayers of the people and their King assured them of the death of these giants in the hands of 'Lord Sani' the son of the Sun God. Further they appealed Sani Deva to protect them by putting an end to these terrible monsters 'Aswadha and Pippala'. Sani made up his mind to kill the monsters for which he had to wage a war for one long year and killed them. As a mark of this glorious victory he installed an idol of 'Lord Siva' here. This instillation of Sivalinga; became necessary for atoning sins of kings that belonged to Kasyapa Dynasty.

So in obedience to the sacred advise of the Maharushis, Sani atoned the sin of Brahma hatya by installing and adoring Lord Siva. After that Sani declared that whoever worship this Linga by offering the dear gingelli oil etc. would be blessed. He further said that he would bless such devotees obviating all evils that befall them due to the curse Satru. For this reason, Lord Eswara is popularly known as Saneswara or Mandeswara. So people offer gingelli products which are dear to Sani who is the diety here.

She is sponsored by Siva. This Linga is said to be one of the Sapta Maharshis. There is also another version that the wives of the Saptha Maharshis installed this lingam here.

Sri Brahmeswara Swamyvaru
In ancient days this was the area where Lord Brahma performed a great YAGNAM and hence this is called Brahmagundam, as the sacred fire of the Yagnam has not extinguished for a long time. Gouthama Maharshi, made the river Godavari to flow thought it. Hence it is also known as Brahmagundam. Lord Brahma installed the idol of the "Eswara" in this place.

Sri Nageswara Swamy
After Saturn killed the Asuras, he gifted away, the holy region to the Maharshis and "Brahmins". Here "Karkotaka" a ferocious Snake-King had performed penance. The Maharshis were terribly afraid of the Karkotaka and at their request the "Karkotaka" left the place. If any one installs the idol of the Lord Siva and worships him, he will be free from the snake bites and threat from snakes.

Sri Venugopala Swamy

Dhadhichi Maharshi presided in Gopala Kshetram on the banks of the Godavari. Gowthama Maharshi implored Trayambakeswara for the river Ganga to flow out from his Jhata Jhutam, in order to get rid of the sins. Gowthama Maharshi installed idol of Lord Venu Gopala Swami beside the river hence this place is called as Gopala Kshetram

Poojas / Sevas at Sri Mandeswara Swamy Temple, Mandapalli

Different types of Poojas Details in TempleEkadasa Rudrabhishekam (With Oil) - Rs. 40.00
Mahanyaasa Purvaka (Tailabhishekam) - Rs. 30.00
Tiladaanam - Rs. 10.00
Homam - Rs. 116.00
Kesa Khandana - Rs. 3.00

Note: The rates are tickets only. The expenses for purohits and puja articles (Samagri) will be borne by the devotees.

Those are not able to come to the temple, if you send yourDetails of Abisekham For one time pooja Permanent Poojas (Including this year) For 52 Saturday in an Year
Ekadasi Rudrabhishekam with oil Rs. 100.00 Rs. 1,500.00 Rs. 5,200.00
Mahaanyaasaka Purvaka Tailabhishekam Rs. 70.00 Rs. 1,070.00 Rs. 3,640.00

Sani Japamulu (19000) -- Rs. 100.00 per One Thousand -- Rs. 1,900.00
Tarpanamulu (4000) -- Rs. 100.00 per One Thousand -- Rs. 400.00
For articles of Homam and Tailabhishekam Rs. 800.00
Total: Rs. 3,100.00

Sri Mandeswara Swamy Temple, Mandapalli Timings

Sunday to Friday

5:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Abhishekams, Darshan & Other Sevas

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Only Darshan


3:30 AM to 1:00 PM - Abhishekams, Darshan & Other Sevas

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Only Darshan

Sanithrayodasi Festival

Saturday Morning 1:00 AM to 8:00 PM - Abhishekams, Darshan & Other Sevas

Sri Mandeswara Swamy Temple, Mandapalli

Sri Mandeswara Swamy Temple  Postal Address
Executive Officer,
Sri Mandeswara Swamy Temple,
Mandapalli (V),
Kothapeta Mandal,
East Godavari District.
Pin - 533 223
Phone No: 08855-243208
Cell No: 9491000721

Sri Mandeswara Swamy Temple Festivals

Kalyanam of Sri Swamivaru (Magha Bahula Ekhadasi) (February/March every year)

Devi Navaratrulu (Aswayuja Masam Nine days) (September/October every year)

Karthika Masam (November/December every year)

Lakshapatri Puja (Karthika Masam) (November/December every year)

Sani Trayodasi Festival

Sir Mandeswara (saneswara) swamy temple, Mandapalli in East Godavari District is famous Siva Temple in Andhra Pradesh. Attracting good number of devoties from all over the country . Sri Swamy varu, was installed by sani(Saturn). Lord Sani atoned the sin of Brahmahatya by installing and adoring Lord Siva . For this reason , Lord Eswara is popularly known as Saneswara or Mandeswara . Abhishekam with Gingelli oil is an unique retualin in the temple. Lord sani declared that whomever worship Sri Mandeswara Swamy with gingelli oil are would be blessed and get free from all Graha Dosams. Hence all devotes can visit Mandapalli to perform abishekhams To swamy varu and get his blessings . Those who are unable to visit Mandapalli may send the required fees by M.O. Or D.D. To the Executive Officer, Sri Mandeswara (Saniswara) Swamy Temple, Mandapalli – 533 233 E.G.Dt. for performing abishekam in their name and gothram . After Performing Abishekam we send Sri Ammavari Kumkum as prasasam by Post. Furnishing full details and address is the most important item.
Kalyanam of Sri Swamivaru (Magha Bahula Ekhadasi) (February/March every year)

Devi Navaratrulu (Aswayuja Masam Nine days) (September/October every year)

Karthika Masam (November/December every year)

Lakshapatri Puja (Karthika Masam) (November/December every year)

Accommodation in Sri Mandeswara Swamy Temple, Mandapalli

Accommodation is available in the temple dormitory.

Bathing facilities are available in the temple premises