About 8 km from Guntur town is an ancient village called Pedakakani having mythological significance and housing the idol of Sri Bhramaramba Malleswara Swamy varu. People here believe that the worshipped deity, Bhramaramba Devi is one of the Ashtadasa Sakthis. Sri Malleshwara Swamy is one of the Jyothirlingams of Srisaila Kshetram and hence the prayers offered to this deity is equivalent to the worship of Sri Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy of Srisaila Kshetram.
Long time ago, the famous Maharishi in Maharshi Gnanam, Sri Bharadwaja Maharshi visited all Theerthams and also visited this temple and prayed to the deity. He also wished to perform Yagna Krathuvu and thus invited all the Maharshis and performed the yagnam. During the offering of Havisses, a crow started having this due to which Bharadwaja Maharshi became very disappointed. He tried in vain to stop the crow from having the Havisses kept for the Yagna Purushas. The crow then informed that she was ‘Kakasura’ who has got a boon or ‘Varamu’ of having the Havirbhagalu dedicated to the Devathas from Brahma after performing thapassu or penance. She also ordered him to perform Abhishekam to her with panchamrutham, etc. The crow then got white color and worshipped the deity with Jasmins and from then onwards, the Lord came to be called as “Sri Malleswara Swamy varu” and the Kshetram became popular as “Kakani”. Devotees believe that this crow is used to worship the deity after returning from Manasa Sarovaram. There is a well on the east part of the temple dug by Sri Bharadwaja Maharshi and Maharshi Pungavas has brought various Theerthams and stored in this well making the water of this well “Holy” and filled with antibiotic abilities.
In 1440 AD, Sri Krishna Devaraya of Vijaya Nagara Empire paid a visit to this temple and provided financial support for the renovation of the temple as advised by the ministers “Renturi Chittarusu”.
A well on the east of the temple called as ‘Yagnala Bavi’ has a belief that Sri Bharadwaja brought water from all Holy rivers and stored them in the well. Till present day, people believe that a glass of water from this holy well cures them from all diseases and keeps them hale and healthy. Another belief is that the God here is “Korina korekalu theerche Devudu – Kakani Devudu”. It is also true that King Sri Krishna Devaraya got a son after praying to Sri Malleswara. Thus, people believe that the God blesses them with ‘Santhanam’ or children. Many marriages are made in this temple with utmost devotion and faith.
The temple was initially renovated by Mahamantri Chittarusu and later in 1911, Kollipara Venkataratnam, a resident of Kakani completely renewed the temple and carried out the installation ceremony. The present idols in the temple are Bhramaramba, Malleswara, Ganapathi, Veerabhadra, Navagrahams, Sri Anjaneya Swamy varu and Rahu kethu grahams. Good architecture can be seen in the temple with a huge Dhwajasthamba and Rajagopuram of 60 feet, gardens and Addala Mandapam. It resembles Srisailam with all the greenery and stunning scenery around it. It is for sure a fine place for people seeking peace of mind.
Thousands of devotees throng to this temple all through the year from several places of Andhra Pradesh. The major festivals being
- Ganapthi Navarathri Utsavams
- Dasara Navarathri Utsavams and
- Mahashivaratri Utsavams
Pilgrims seeking Swamy vari blessings perform Annaprashana, Aksharabhyasam, Upanayanams and marriages to their children in this temple and due to the belief, the number of devotees visiting the temple is growing yearly.
‘Mahasivaratri’ is the major festival celebrated every year, which sees thousands of devotees visiting the temple on this auspicious day. Apart from this, Ganapathi Navaratri Utsavams, Dasara Navaratri Utsavams and Arudrotsavams are celebrated in the temple. Along with the daily ‘free Darshan’, the following rusums / tickets are continued by the orders as authorities.
How to reach
Pedakakani is a Mandal Headquarters located 6 km from Guntur town on the Guntur – Vijaywada National Highway. Many buses run from Guntur to Vijaywada on a five minutes frequency and vice versa. The road distance from Guntur to Pedakakni is 8 km and from Vijaywada to Pedakakani is 25 km. A railway station on the Vijaywada and Guntur route is present to reach Pedakakani. Railway distance from Guntur to Pedakakani is 7 km and Vijaywada to Pedakakani is 24 km. Sri Malleswara Swamy Temple is located one and a half kilometers from the Pedakakani village center. An ‘Arch’ is built by the temple authorities on the National Highway to help the visitors in reaching the temple without being lost.
Mahanivedana offered to Deities at 1:00 PM All days
5:00 AM Abhishekam & Harathi – Suprabhatha Seva etc.
8:00 AM Balabhogam
6:00 PM Sandhya Mela
Pongali Nivedana on every Sunday, Thursday and Friday.
Every Friday – Snapana to Ammavaru – 5:00 PM : Sahasram – Ammavari Seva – Pradakshinalu – Chitrannam Vadapappu and Panakam etc.
Laddu, Pulihora, and Vada is available at the Prasadam Counter.
Pedakakani Temple Timings:
5.00 AM to 1.30 PM and 4.00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Pedakakani Temple Rahu Ketu Graha Pooja Timings:
7.00 AM to 12.00 PM on all days.
On Sundays & Tuesdays Rahu Ketu Puja will be performed in the Evenings also.
Sunday evening at 4.30 PM.
Tuesday at 3.00 PM onwards.
Rahu Ketu Pooja will be performed in Rahu kalam Timings.
Three batches will perform Rahu Ketu Pooja Between 7.00 AM to 12.00 PM.
First Batch: 7.00 AM.
Second Batch: 9.00 AM.
Third Batch: 11.00 AM.
Sri Malleswara Swamy Temple,
Andhra Pradesh – 522509.
Accommodation No:0863- 2556185.
Regarding Rahu Ketu Puja: 9705551825