Goddess Sri Chengalamma Temple Sullurpet manifested herself in the village of Sullurpet on the Kolkata-Chennai highway and the Chengalamma Temple was built on the bank of the Kanlangi river. History tells us that it was established during the fourth and fifth centuries. People also refer to her as the village goddess “Tenkali”. With the passage of time, she is being worshipped regularly by devotees as Chengalamma. Devotees turn up in large number to witness “Chengalamma Jatara”.
The Village goddess who was called Tankali gained reputation as Sullurpet Chengalamma Thalli and her idol in the temple faces the sea. Devotees from different parts of the State visit the place and fulfil their vows, referring the goddess as the mother who grants boons liberally. The naturally-formed image of the goddess adorning the hanging roots (vooda) of the banyan tree is really an awe-inspiring spectacle.
Legends says that idol of Goddess Chengalamma was found in the near by river. Few boys who were swimming in the river found the idol and they brought it to the current location. Tirunallu is celebrated grandly. During this celebration, thousands of devotes gather from surrounding villages. During these ‘tirunallu’, a goat will be tied at one end of the pole and circled in air in before the temple. This process is called “sullu”, hence the name Sullurpet is formed. In addition to the ‘sullu’, there is also ‘teppotsavam’ where the idol of Sri Chengalamma will be carried on a boat, in the Kanlangi river. Tirunallu also involve Mahishasura mardini with fireworks.
Chengalamma Brahmotsavams or Chengalamma Jatara is celebrated once in 7 years in the months of May and June.This celebration is celebrated very grandly.
Below sevas are performed during these Brahmotsavam celebration.
- Day 1 Baliharana, Sudimanu Pratishta
- Day 2 Sullu Utsavam, Asvavahanam Gramotsavam (Procession in the town)
- Day 3 Mahishasuramardhana
- Day 4 Sullu Utsavam, Nandi Seva Gramotsavam (Procession in the town)
- Day 5 Teppotstavam / Boat Festival Gramotsavam (Procession in the town)
- Day 6 Sayana Seva Gramotsavam (Procession in the town)
- Day 7 Pushpa Pallaki Seva
On Friday’s and Sunday’s are special days, huge number of devotees will come to worship the Chengalamma on these days.
How to reach Sullurpet:
By Bus : Buses which goes from nellore and chennai has to cross sullurpet. The buses which goes to hyderabad, vijawada, vizag has to go via sullurpet.
By Train : Super fast trains like Charminar express, Hyderabad express and Pinakini trains will stop at sullurpet. Local trains are also operated via sullurpet.
By Flight : Chennai and Tirupati are the nearest airport.