South India is home to numerous temples that are rich in history, culture, and architectural splendor. Among the many temples in the region, Sri Desamma Temple stands out as a unique and fascinating place of worship. This ancient temple is dedicated to Goddess Desamma, who is believed to be the protector of the local community. Goddess Desamma is well-known as the ‘Goddess bestowing eyesight’ to people afflicted with eye problems. Desamma Temple is located at Tirumala Raja Kandriga near Nagari Town in Chittoor district in an area of 5 acres and 37 cents of land. The temple was constructed in 1980.
Nagari Desamma Temple is located in Nagari, a small town in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. This is an important pilgrimage site for the people of Nagari and surrounding areas, who come here to seek the blessings of the goddess. The temple also attracts tourists and history enthusiasts who are interested in exploring the rich cultural heritage of South India. The temple complex also has several smaller shrines dedicated to other deities, including Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Ganesha.
Another interesting feature of Nagari Desamma Temple is the annual festival that is held here. The festival, known as Nagari Jatara, is celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion by the local community. The festival attracts thousands of people from different parts of Andhra Pradesh and features colorful processions, cultural programs, and religious rituals.
Nagari Desamma Temple Timings:
Morning: 5:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Evening: 3:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Tuesdays: 5:00 AM to 8:30 PM
Nagari Desamma Temple History 1 :
According to a local story, there was a poor old woman who made her living selling firewood. One day, as usual, she went to get firewood. Suddenly she fell into a thorn bush and lost her sight. Then a little girl appeared to her and she accompanied her home. The young girl told the old woman that she had to dig up the place where she had fallen and retrieve an idol of the goddess and asked her to install the idol. She further told her to dig a hole at a nearby place and the water would fall into it and she should perform the Abhisekham of the idol. Then she must sprinkle holy water on his face to restore her sight.
The old woman followed the young girl’s instructions and regained her lost sight. Later, the temple became known as Desamma Temple.
Abhisheka Teertham is considered to be effective and wonderful medicine for curing eye problems.
According to another story, there was an argument between Lord Siva and Goddess Parvathi. Goddess Parvathi resented her husband and came down to the earth. She installed the phallus and took penance for Lord Siva and also donated her eyes.
The Raja of Karvetinagaram came to hunt in this area and when he approached the temple site, he lost his sight. So Goddess Desamma told him to sprinkle the holy water of Abhishekam in his eyes. Raja did the same and regained his sight. As a sign of devotion, he built a pacca temple for her.
Another story in circulation is that Desamma and Oruguntalamma were sisters. Oruguntalamma had two sons PothuRaju and SiddiRaju. One day Desamma came to see her sister’s sons. Oruguntalamma hid her sons and told her sister that her sons had gone out. Angered by the sarcastic remarks of her sister, Desamma turned PothuRaju and SiddiRaju into stones. And Oruguntalamma severed her sister’s head.
Desamma’s head fell at a distance from where the present temple is located. Regular prayers are being offered to both Desamma and Oruguntalamma on Tuesdays and Fridays. People visit Desamma Temple from the neighboring states also in June and September
Nagari Gramadeveta Temple Address:
Sri Dessamma Devasthanam
Nagari Desamma Temple Account Details:
A/c No: 23405648
IFSC Code: IDIB0SGB001
Bank: Saptagiri Grameena Bank