Godavari is the second largest river in India after the river Ganga.
It starts in Maharashtra and flows for 1,465 kilometres (910 mi) into the Bay of Bengal via the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
As Godavari Pushkaraalu 2015 are being celebrated from July 14th – July 25th; we came up with the list of temples you must visit around River Godavari in the East and West Godavari Districts.
Deity: Sri Vara Siddhi Vinaayaka
Location: Ainavilli is located at a distance of 72 Km from Kakinada (Via Yanam, Amalapuram and Mukteswaram), 55 Km from Rajahmundry (Via Ravulapalem, Kotapeta and Vanapalli) and 14 Kms from Amalapuram (Mukteswaram).
One of the most popular temples in Andhra Pradesh, a unique Yanthra based on Tripad Vibhuti Narayan Upanishad exists here.
Deity: Sri Veera Varaaha Narasimha Swamy
Location: Annavaram is situated 32 Km from Pithapuram, 51 Km from Kakinada and 72 Km from Rajahmundry.
Known as “Varanasi of South”.
Deity: Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy.
Location: Antharvedi is located at a distance of 130 Kms from Kakinada, 100 kms from Rajahmundry and 65 Kms from Amalapuram.
4. BIKKAVOLU OR (BICCAVOLU)
Biccavolu is known for Beautiful stone temple of Lord Shiva. Built by the Eastern Chalukyas in the 9th-10th centuries, the temples are a fine example of the architectural grandeur that was typical of the Dravidian style.
Deity: Sri Golingeshwara Swamy .
Location: This temple is located at a distance of 33 Km from Kakinada, 40 Km from Rajahmundry and 60 Km from Amalapuram.
This temple is one of the “Pancharamas”.
This Holy Pilgrimage is one of the rare few, where the God and Goddess are equally important.
One is Varanasi in Northern India with Viswanatha and Annapurna. Second is Srisailam in Southern India with Sri Mallikharjuna and Bramaramba and third is Draksharama with Bhimanatha and Manikyamba.
Deity: Lord Bhimeshwara Swamy
Location: Draksharamam is located at a distance of 28 Km from Kakinada, 50 Km from Rajahmundry and 25 Km from Amalapuram.
This is an ancient and historical temple and also a Vyshnava Divya Kshetra
Deity: Sri Lakshmi Narasimha
Location: It is located at a distance of 60 km from Kakinada,20 Km from Rajhmundry and 110 km from Amalapuram.
According to Brahmanda Puranam and Gowthami Mahatyam. Here three famous idols are situated by Lord Indra, Lord Chandra and Kasyapa Maharshi.
Deity: Sri Someshwara Swamy
Location: Kotipalli is located at a distance of 38 Km from Kakinada, 60 Km from Rajahmundry and 15 Km from Amalapuram (Via Ferry/Boat).
Deity: Sri Mandeshwara Swamy.
Location: Mandapalli is Situated 38 Km from Rajahmundry, 60 Km from Kakinada and 30 Km from Amalapuram.
Deity: Sri Veereshwara Swamy
Location: Muramalla is located at a distance of 25 Km from Amalapuram, 38 Km from Kakinada (Via Yanam) and 105 Km from Rajahmundry (Via Ravulapalem).
10.PEDDAPURAM (PANDAVULA METTA)
The Pandava brothers arranged a tunnel way to Rajahmundry from this hill through which tunnel they used to have river bath. This hill was named after their name.
Deity: Sri Surya Narayana Swamy.
Location: The Temple is located at a distance of 22 Kms from Kakinada, 45 Kms from Rajahmundry and 85 Kms from Amalapuram.
Pithapuram is one of the oldest and famous pilgrim places of India. There is an oldest temple called “Padagya Keshatram” in Pithapuram.
Deity: Sri Kukkuteshwara Swamy
Location: Located 20 Km from Kakinada and 75 Km from Rajahmundry, It is considered to be one of the 18 Shakthipithas in India.
The exquisite idol, made of black stone depicting Maha Vishnu and Mohini on its front and rear sides, is a real marvel of sculptural dexterity.
Deity: Sri Jaganmohini Keshava and Gopala Swamy.
Location: Ryali is located 40 Km from Rajahmundry, 74 Km from Kakinada and 34 Km from Amalapuram
Known as Kumararama at Bhimavaram in Samarlakota is one among the five important and popular ‘Pancharama’ temples of Andhra.
Deity: Sri Chalukya Kumararama Sri Bhimeshwara Swamy.
Location: Samarlakota is located at a distance of 12 km from Kakinada, 52 Km from Rajahmundry.
The story of Sarpavaram is narrated in the Brahma Vyvarta Purana. The great saint Agastya narrated this story to Saunaka and other saints of the Nymisha forest.
Deity: Sri Bhavanarayana Swamy.
Location: The temple is located at a distance of 5 Km from Kakinada.
15. DWARAKA TIRUMALA ( CHINNA TIRUPATI )
Dwaraka Tirumala, also famously known as Chinna Tirupati is a powerful Lord Venkateshwara Temple and is the most famous temple in West Godavari District.
The belief is that visiting Chinna Tirupati is equal to visiting Tirumala Tirupati.
Deity: Sri Venkateshwara Swamy.
Location: 75 Km from Rajamundry toward Eluru.
Try visiting these Pilgrimage Centres if you are out there for Godavari Pushkaralu 2015.