Annavaram Temple Timings: 5.00 am to 9.00 pm.
Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy Temple, Annavaram is the holy village of East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh, situated at a distance of two miles from Annavaram Railway Station on the Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam broad gauge section of the South Central Railways. It is 80 kms from Rajahmundry, 120 kms from Visakhapatnam, and 50 kms from East Godavari District.
Among the holy Shrines in India, Annavaram stands in the second place next to Tirupathi. This temple is attracted by both Vaishnavites and Saivaites as Lord Satyadeva the god of truth is showering blessings in the form of Divine Trinity named Hari Hara Hiranya Garbha Thrimurtyatmaka.
The glory of Lord Satyadeva is described in the Skandapuranam. As all the Divyakshetrams being surrounded by the holy rivers Sri Sathyanarayana Swamy temple at Annavaram is also surrounded by the sacred Pambha river touching the feet of the hill of Ratnagiri where Lord Satyadeva with his consort Sri Anantha Lakshmi being on one side and the other side is accompanied by Lord Shiva.
The glory of this temple is considered to be the Srimathripathvibhuti Vykhunta Maha Narayana Yantra. It is believed for Dhana Janakarsha meaning the power of attraction of both Money and Men. This Yantra is a unique and does not exist anywhere in India.
|Name of the Dharshan||Cost in Rs||Prasadam|
|Seegra Dharshanam||50.00||100 gms Bhogam|
History and Stories behind the Annavaram Temple:
Anna means “what you desire”, while “varam” means godsend. Hence, the name Annavaram means the belief that the deity will endow one with whatever he/she desires. It is believed that this is a place where round the clock food was feeded freely to all by the people of this locality; hence it was named as Annavaram.
The hill nearby the village is very sacred. Meruvu the lord of hills and his wife Menaka got two sons named Bhadra and Ratnakar by the grace of Lord Vishnu. On one hand Bhadra was a devotee of Lord Vishnu, by pleasing the lord he became Bhadrachalam where Lord Sri Rama permanently settled, and on the other hand Ratnakar went a step ahead in pleasing Lord Vishnu and made the Lord to settle on him as Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy hence remaining as Ratnagiri hill. Ratnagiri Hill ranges are said to be connected with two strategic incidents. Tradition says that Sri Krishadevaraya of Vijayanagar used the secret underground passages in the hills to attack the enemy from both sides during his invasion on kalinga kings. The Andhra revolutionary late Alluri Seetharama Raju had some of the secret quarters for himself and his followers in these hill ranges, when he rebelled against the British Rule.
Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayanaswamy temple is the main temple on the Ratnagiri hill. Temple of Sri Rama and the shrines of Vana Durga and Kanaka Durga are also found nearby. The temple of Gramadevatha “Nerellamma” (village god) is found at the foot of the hill.
It is believed that God appeared in the dream of Earanki Prakasam a Brahmin villager and told his idol was left unnoticed on the hill without any worship. Earanki Prakasam informed this to Sri Raja I. V. Ramarayanam who was the Zamindar. Hence these two along with other villagers found the idol on the hill, started worshipping and installed it too.
Annavaram Temple Construction:
Initially a small shed was constructed in 1891 when the idol was found. Later a temple was built with the cooperation of villagers and other devotees of the nearby villages. Later, it was reconstructed during 1933-34 and 2011-2012.
The hill being about 300 ft above the sea level, the temple on it was constructed in such a way on one side we can have a clear view of Bay of Bengal which is 11 miles away and on the other end with Eastern Ghats, green fields and the Pampa River surrounding the Ratnagiri hill.
The main temple is 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 Mandapam, constructed and decorated with modern pieces of architecture.
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 the idea that the Lord not only remains at the people’s heart but also permeates the entire universe. The wheels depicting the Sun and the Moon serve to remind us the wheels of time, and goes on forever and ever.
The idol is about 13 feet high in a cylindrical form, the base of which is in the lower sanctum representing Lord Brahma and the top in the upper sanctum representing Lord Vishnu. The middle portion represents Lord Siva. This is the place where Brahma who is generally denied in temple worship, is clubbed with the other two. The image of the lord forming a single idol representing the Trimurthis – Brahma, Vishnu and Siva is of unique attraction.
The temple is of two floors – the ground floor contains the Yantra and the Peetham of the Lord. On the four sides of the Yantra there are four deities namely Ganapati, Suryanarayanaswamy, Bala Tripurasundari and Maheswaraswamy which constitutes Panchayathanam.
In the first floor Lord Satyanarayana swamy is in the centre, the image of Goddess Anantha Lakshmi Ammavaru is in the right and Lord Shiva is on the left. The idols are of exquisite grace and beauty and are covered in golden kavachams.
Rates and Details:
For Pooja performance couple or single person will be allowed. Ticket rates and place of Pooja are as follows:
|Name of the Pooja||Pooja held Place||Ticket Price in INR||Prasadam|
|Sri Swamy Vari Vratham||Ramalayam||Rs.150.00||300 gms Bhogam|
|Sri Swamy Vari Vratham||Radhapath||Rs.300.00||500gms Bhogam|
|Sri Swamy Vari Special Vratham||Raja Gopuram||Rs.700.00||600gms Bhogam, 150gms Bangi|
|Sri Swamy Vari Visista Vratham||Inside the temple near the main deity at Dwajasthambham||Rs. 1500.00||600gms Bhogam, 150gms Bangi, Kanduva, Blouse piece.|
Places to Visit Surrounding in Annavaram Complex:
In the Temple Complex:
1) The temple of Sree Veera Venkata Satyanaryana Swamy in the main temple on the Ratnagiri hill.
2) The temple of Sri Sita Rama, as Keshatra Palakulu .
3) The shrines of Vanadurga and Kanakadurga nearby Godess Vanadurga held in great venaration and it is said even today devi is said to be seen in the nights going for guarding the Lord.
4) The temple of Gramadevatha (Village deity – Nerellamma) is in the village at the foot of the hill.
Annavaram Temple Prasadam:
Pilgrims consider Prasad to be a token of blessing of Lord Satyadeva. Utmost care is taken her in issuing the Prasad. Bhangi Prasad is useful for people come from distance as this can be preserved upto 20 days. This type of Prasad is available only here.
Sale of Prasadam counters available at uphill and downhill also.
For the convenience of the devotees Prasad is sold at uphill near Ramalayam with 2 counters from 6am to 9pm, downhill counter near steps and highway counter near Model temple runs round the clock. Based on the need and number of visitors to the temple Prasad quantity will be increased without any compromise in the quality.
Sri Satyadeva Annaprasada Distribution trust;
Annadanam is said to be the greatest of all Dhanams. Temple is implementing annadanam scheme to all the devotees coming from all parts of the country. Annadanam is performed on all days. The main source for doing this is through the contributions done by the devotees. Hence, all the donations may kindly be sent by DD from any nationalized bank favoring “Executive Officer, Sri Veera Venkata Swamy Vari Devasthanam, Annavaram”.
Accommodation at Annavaram Temple:
Devastanam is taking atmost care in providing different kinds of accommodation like normal rooms, A.C. rooms etc as per the devotees need. Locker facility is available for the convenience of the visitors. Advance reservation is adviced for accommodation to avoid last minute inconvenience. Reservation can be made by paying one day rent + 50 percent additional charges. Advance reservations can be done through Meeseva offices/Kiosks all over AP and Telangana states and by sending DD, 30 days prior in favor of Executive Officer, Sri V.V.S.S.Devasthanam, Annavaram(payable @ Annavaram branch).
Halls for marriage and marriage party can be booked by producing copies of identity for Bride, Bridegroom, Parents of Bride and bridegroom and invitation card and paying one and half part of the rent. This is booked 30 days in advance. Marriage registration is not performed here.
Marriage hall along with two rooms will be provided other things like Pandit, Decoration, Music, Food has to be arranged by concern parties only.
How to Reach Annavaram:
Annavaram is a holy village situated on the east Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh. Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy temple is within a distance of 2 km from the railway station on Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam broad gauge of South Central railways, in between Kathipundi and Tuni , 80 kms from Rajahmundry, 120 kms from Visakhapatnam, and 50 kms from Kakinada town, east Godavari district.
On road we have express buses running from Visakhapatnam, Rajahmundry and Kakinada. Every half an hour we have APSRTC buses from Rajahmundry to Visakhapatnam which passes through Annavaram. Every 15 mins we have local busses from Tuni to Kakinada.
For up and down local travel of the hill, temple also provides buses:
Frequent buses to-and-fro of temple-railway station,
Bus starts uphill temple at 7.30 am to Simhachala, and at 6.00 am and 12:00 pm to Kotipalli.
Most of the trains passing between Visakhapatnam – Vijayawada will stop at Annavaram Station
We have Airports on both east and west side of Annavaram. On the east we have Visakhapatnam airport which is just 2 km and on the west we have Rajahmundry airport which is in a distance of 1 km.
Annavaram Temple Address:
Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy Temple
Annavaram Town Road,
East Godavari District,
Andhra Pradesh 533406.
Phone : 08868-238121, 238125, 238163, 39999.