Sri Amaralingeswara Swamy temple is one of the five most revered temples in Andhra Pradesh located in Amaravati. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and holds eminent place in the hearts of the devotees. The temple is situated on the southern banks of river Krishna and its consort in Bala Chamundika. It is said that the Lingamin the temple was installed by Lord Indra himself back in the day.
The temple is one of the Pancharama Kshetras which is one of the five temples situated in the State. The Shivalingas of these five temples are from one Lingam. The Lingam in this particular temple is very tall and is said to contain a red stain, a story about which is being told since the ages.It is said that during the growth of Lingam a nail hit on the top and blood started to drip from the Lingam.
As per the Hindu history, when the demon king named Tarakasurawas killed, the Lingam which was there on his neck fell on the ground and broke into five pieces on which the five PancharamaKshetras Temple are built. The majestic temple was later renovated by the Chola king Vasireddy Venkatadri Naidu who was the mighty ruler of Chintapalli and Dharanikota. He was also a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva. The temple is established by lord Indra himself and it holds special reverence in the minds of devotees and worshippers.
Lord Amareswara Swamy is the presiding deity of the temple and his consort is Goddess Bala Chamundika. The Lingam of the temple is very tall and thus the priest has to stand on a pedestal to perform the daily Puja. The temple is also known as a sacred place of worship for not only Hindus but also Buddhists.
There are several inscriptions on the temple from the emperor of that time. The temple is built in the Dravidian architecture and is well crafted to still amaze the architects of today. The Lingam of the temple is 15 feet high made of white marble. It is surrounded by massive walls with tower and the temple stands very close to river Krishna. The origin of the temple can mostly be traced from the Puranas in the Hindu script.
The temple also celebrates few of the cherished festivals with great fervor such as Mahashivaratri, Bahula Dasami, KalyanaUtsav and Navaratri.
Visiting Timings of the Temple
One can visit the temple from 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the morning and in the evening from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
The timing for Abhishekam is from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM. You need to buy a ticket for the purpose of Abhishekam from the counter before you go for the ritual.
Best means to obtain Moksha
There is an interesting story about this temple in the Sthala Puranathat happened 5053 years ago during the end of Dwapara Yuga. According to this story, Sounakadi Rishis asked Maharishi Narada about the best means to obtain Moksha or liberation. Narada then told the Rishis that the best way to do so is to go near the banks of river Krishna which was created by lord Krishna and stay there for three days and take bath in the holy river. If they are able to stay for three days taking bath in the holy river then they will attain Moksha or else they will die and then be absorbed into Lord Shiva. Few other interesting stories about the temple and the place are also told often and one goes this way; once the demons, after taking boon from Lord Shiva defeated the Devas and that made the Godsvisit Amaravati to stay there.
Devotes from all over the country who are the followers of Sanatana Dharma come regularly to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva here. The temple is a major source of attraction as it is one of the most eminent temples in the city of Amaravati. The temple is also reckoned for its stupendous architecture
The five Pancharama Kshetras are:
• Someswara Temple, Somarama
• Amareswara Swamy Temple, Amararama
• KsheeraRamaswamlingeswaraSwamy Temple, Ksheerarama
• Sri KumararaBheemeswaraSwamy Temple, Kumararama
• Bhimeswara Temple, Draksharamam
Amaravati has many other important temples apart from Sri Swamy temple. These are:
• Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple in Mangalagiri
• Sri Trikoteshwara Swamy Temple in Kotappakonda
• Sri Malleswara Swamy Temple, Pedakakani
• Swamy Temple, Vykuntapuram, Tenali
• Sri Durga Malliswara Swamy Temple in Venkateshwara
• Sri Lakshmi Padmavathi Sametha Sri
How to Reach
Amareswara Swamy temple is situated 40 kilometers from Guntur. Devotees can board State Bus Service which is available from these cities and towns. The state run APSRTC bus service will drop you to the destination from any of the cities like Hyderabad, Mangalagiri, Guntur, etc. Autorickshawsand cabs are readily available to visit the temple and there are many more vehicles available especially for this place.
From Tirupati, the distance is 425KM, while from Hyderabad it is 270KM. Sri Swamy Temple from Vijayawada is at the distance of 43.2KM, the closest while it is 1008KM from Mumbai and 458KM from Chennai.
Address of the Temple:
Sri Amareswara Swamy Temple
Amaravathi Town and Mandalam
Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh- 522020
Office Phone: 08645 255241
For the Hindus and devotees of Lord Shiva this temple is an important one to visit, for liberation and attaining salvation.