Bhagawan Shiva is referred to as Amareswara Swamy or Amaralingeswara Swamy, Goddess Bala Chamundika is Lord Amareswara Swamy’s wife. The main deity is Bhagawan Shiva as Amareswara Swamy with his consort Bala Chamundika. The other deities in this temple are laid out in three concentric circles. The first circle has the deities of Mahishasura Mardini, Omkareswara Swamy, Veerabhadraswamy, Agasteswaraswamy and Guru Dattatreya. Vinayaka, Anjaneya, Kalabhairava, Nagendra swamy Kumaraswamy with Bhagawan Krishna.are present in the second circle. Kasi Viswanath, Pushpadanteswara Swamy, Mallikarjuna and Kalahasthiswara shrines are in the third circle.
It is believed that Bhagawan Indra established and worshipped the Sivalinga at this place. The shivalinga here is really tall and has a pedestal platform to perform worship and daily rituals of Bhagawan Shiva. A red stain can be seen at the top of the Linga. It is believed that the Linga was growing in size and a nail had to be hit on the top to stop its growth. The Shivalinga started to bleed when the nail was hit and the stains are seen there even today.
This temple is in the town of Amaravathi, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh. Amararama Temple is located on the southern bank of the Krishna River and is of great significance.
Amaraeswara Swamy temple is one of the five Pancharama Kshetras and hence holds great religious significance. The other five Pancharama Kshetras are Bhimeshwara in Draksharamam, Ksheeraramam in Palakollu, Kumararaman in Samalkot and Somaramam in Bhimavaram. Sage Narada advised Sage Sounakadi to take a daily bath in Krishna River and live there to attain salvation. A special significance of this temple is that Bhagawan Shiva self-manifested here in the form of Linga and even today grants wishes to all his devotees. It is said that Devotees who stay in this place for three days and worship Bhagawan Shiva would attain shivaloka. Devotees also visit this temple for Wealth and knowledge and relief from diseases. A great importance of this temple lies in the belief that Shiva would absorb any devotee dying here, hence the devotee can attain moksha. Anandam Prasadam is provided free of cost to all devotees visiting the temple.
Morning: 06.00 A.M. to 1.00 P.M.
Evening: 4.00 P.M .to 8.00 P.M.
Daily abhishekam is performed between 6:00 A.M. to 11:45 A.M. on Kartika masam abhishekam timings from morning 4 A.M. to evening 5 P.M. Some rituals are:
The temple was constructed in the 8th century when Buddhism declined. According to history, Guntur was an important Buddhist centre, but when Hindu Rajas took up the throne the focus was shifted. This temple near the Buddhist stupa is a witness for the fact that Brahmanism improved in the region. King of Chintapalli, Vasireddy Venkatadri Naidu was a great devotee of Bhagawan Amareswara, he was the one who expanded and renovated the temple. He was mentally disturbed with the recourse to massacre of the Chenchus and came to Amravati to regain his mental peace. He devoted his entire life building Bhagawan Shiva’s temples and also shifted from Chintapalli to Amravati in 1796. He took the onus of building the temple and devoted all his money to the cause. Not only did he renovate the temple, but also appointed nine archakas to perform the daily rituals in reverence to great Bhagawan Amareswara Swamy and also provided for their lifelong livelihood needs.
The main deity is in the form of Shiva Lingam, it is about 15 feet in height. The temple is built in the Dravidian style of architecture, there are four large gopurams on the four sides of the temple, the temple has three levels with four pillars facing the four directions. At the second level is the Khsetra Palaka, Bhagawan Kaala Bhairav. Bhagawan Srisaila Mallikarjuna is in the South-West direction, Bhagawan Kashi Vishweswarar is in the North-West direction, Sri kalahasteswarar in the South -East and Bhagawan chandiswarar in the North- East direction on the third level. Kota chiefs of Amravati, Sri Krishnadevaraya, a legendary emperor of Vijayanagara left behind their wealth of inscriptions on the walls of this temple. Ancient artifact’s 1800 years ago were found in the foundation pits when the gopuram was being renovated by the king Vasireddy Venkatadri Naidu.
By Air:The nearest airport is Vijayawada airport which is 59 KM away
By Train: Pedakurapadu is the nearest railway station to reach the temple.
By Road: frequent buses between Amaravati and Guntur are available.
Travellers bungalow hat functions under the public work department of the state gives accommodation to devotees who want to stay near the temple for three days to attain salvation. There are many other hotels available near the temple such as
Townhouse Oak Hotel Elements
The Prime Park
Hotel A Square
Some of the festivals celebrated here are Navratri, Maha Shivaratri, Kalyana Utsavams.
Usually in the West to East direction but the beauty of Krishna River is it flows from North to South direction which makes it unique, Devotees take a dip before heading for Darshan to the temple. People who wish to attain salvation must visit this temple as Bhagawan Shiva absorbs everyone seeking salvation, in his energy at this temple.
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