Amaravathi Amareswara Swamy Temple or Amararama Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is situated in the Amaravati town, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. This famous temple is located on the southern bank of the Krishna River is considered to be very sacred and one of the Pancharama Kshetras (five temples) dedicated to Lord Shiva in Andhra Pradesh.
It is believed that the sacred Shivalingam of Amareswara Swamy Temple was installed by Lord Indra himself. As per mythology, Tarakasura was a powerful demon king and when he was killed, the Shivalingam which was present on his neck was broken into five pieces and fell into five different places. It was on these five places the Pancharama Kshetras were built. Sri Amareswara Swamy Temple was later renovated and expanded by Vasireddy Venkatadri Naidu, who was the King of Chintapalli and Dharanikota, and also a great devotee of Lord Shiva.
According to another mythology, when Vasireddy Venkatadri Naidu was trying to suppress a rebellion in his place, a solution to a massacre of the Chenchus was necessitated. As a result, he lost his mental peace and he decided to visit Amaravati. In 1796, he went to Amaravati and dedicated his entire life there. He spent all his possessions to construct Shiva temples. He appointed nine priests at Amareswara Swamy temple to perform rituals to Shivalingam.
Amararama Temple Timings:
Morning: 6.00 am to 12.00 Noon
Evening: 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm.
From 6.00 AM to 10.00 AM.
Amaravathi Amareswara Swamy Temple Dress code:
Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire. Short dresses are not permitted.
Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple Specialty:
Lord Amareswara Swamy, also called Lord Amaralingeswara Swamy is the presiding deity of Amareswara Swamy Temple. He is worshipped in the form of sacred Shivalingam. Goddess Bala Chamundika, the Goddess of this temple, is the consort of Lord Amareswara Swamy. Since the Shivalingam at this temple is very tall, the priest stands on a pedestal to perform the daily rituals to the Shivalingam.
Red-colored patches can be seen on the Shivalingam and there is a story behind it. Earlier, the Shivalingam started growing its size and to prevent this, a sacred nail was hit on its top. Surprisingly, on hitting the nail, the shiva lingam started bleeding and those red patches are still visible on the shiva lingam. The significance of the Amararama temple is that it is regarded as a sacred place of worship by Buddhists as well as Hindus.
Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple Architecture:
There are several inscriptions on the temple walls, like those of the Kota chiefs of Arnaravati and Sri Krishandevaraya, the great Vijayanagara emperor. On a pillar in the Mukhamantapa there is an inscription of the wife of Proli Nayudu, who was minister of Kota King Ketaraja.
Festivals Celebrated in Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple:
The important festivals of Amareswara Swamy Temple are the Mahashivaratri, Bahula Dasami, Navaratri and the Kalyana Utsavas.
Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple Sub-Temples :
- Vinayaka Temple
- Veerabhadra Temple
- Kala Bhairava Temple
- Subrahmanyeswara Swamy Temple
- Anjaneya Swamy Temple
- Saneeswara Swamy Temple
- Rahu Ketu Temple
- Someswara Swamy Temple
- Mahishasura Mardini Temple
- Kosaleswara Swamy Temple
- Pranaveshwara Swamy Temple
- Kashi Visweswara Swamy Temple
- Dattatreya Swamy Temple
- Adi Shankaracharya Temple
- Jwalamukhi Temple
- Pardhaveswara Swamy Temple
- Agastheswara Swamy Temple
Sevas / Pooja / Archana / Abhishekam Details:
1) Saswitha Abheshekam
2) Saswitha Annadanam
3) Nithya Abhesheka Pathakam
4) Nithya Pooja Pathakam
5) Kathikamassa Abheshekam
6) Masa Shivatri Abheshekam
7) Maha Shivaratri Abheshekam
8) Chandi Homam
9) Rudra Homam
10) Dasara Alankarams (1 day)
11) Uchitha Pulihora
12) Eka Rudrabhishekam
14) Sahasra Namarchana
15) Navagraha Abhishekam
16) Four Wheeler Pooja
17) Two Wheeler Pooja
19) Special Darshan
1) Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple , Mangalagiri
2) Sri Durga Malliswara Swamy Temple Venkateswara
3) Sri Lakshmi Pdmavathi sametha Sri Venkateswara
4) Swamy Temple, Vykuntapuram, Tenali.
5) Sri Malleswara Swamy Temple, pedakakani.
6) Sri Trikoteswara Swamy Temple, Kotappakonda.
Amaravathi Amareswara Swamy Temple Distance:
From Hyderabad 270 km
From Vijayawada 43.2 km
From Tirupati 425 km
From Bengaluru 669 km
From Chennai 458 km
From Mumbai 1008 km
How To Reach Amaravathi Amareswara Swamy Temple:
The nearest airport is present at Gannavaram, Vijayawada [59.5 km].
The Pedakurapadu Railway Station (PKPU) is the nearest train station to reach the Amaravathi Temple. Other important railheads are present at Guntur and Vijayawada.
APSRTC ply frequent buses between Amaravathi and Guntur. The city of Amaravathi is well connected with nearby cities such as Vijayawada, Guntur, Mangalagiri and Hyderabad.
Amaravathi Amareswara Swamy Temple Address:
Sri Amareswara Swamy Temple,
Amaravathi Town & Mandalam,
Andhra Pradesh – 522020.
Office Phone: 08645 -255241
Other Pancharama Temples:
Amararama Temple, Amaralingeswara Swamy, Amaravathi
Draksharama Temple, Bhimesvara Swamy, Draksharama
Somarama Temple, Someswara Swamy, Bhimavaram
Ksheerarama Temple, Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy, Palakollu
Bhimarama Temple, Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy, Samalkota