Amararama Temple (or) Amareswara Swamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva,and also situated in the town of Amaravati, Guntur, state of Andhra Pradesh. Amareswara Swamy Temple is considered to be an important and very sacred as it is located on the southern bank of holy Krishna River. This Temple is one of the Pancharama Kshetras (five temples), dedicated to Lord Shiva in Andhra Pradesh. The Pancharama Kshetras are:
- Amareswara Swamy Temple, Amararama
- Bhimeswara Temple, Draksharamam
- Someswara Temple, Somarama
- Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple, Ksheerarama
- Sri Kumararama Bhimeswara Swamy Temple, Kumararama
The sacred Shivalingam at this Amareswara Swamy Temple is believed to be installed by Lord Indra, the leader of all the deities. The mythology of the temple was that during Tarakasura vadha, it is said that the Shivalingam which was present on the throat of Tarakasura, a powerful asura, was divided into five pieces. And the place where the five pieces fell where the Pancharama Kshetras are built. Amareswara Swamy Temple was renovated and expanded further by Vasireddy Venkatadri Naidu, the King of Chintapalli and later Dharanikota, who was a great devotee of Lord Shiva.
The other mythology was that when Vasireddy Venkatadri Naidu was in the course of putting down a revolt in his own land, he got into a situation that he need to have a recourse to a massacre of the Chenchus. And due to that, he lost his mental peace, which could recovered only when he visit Amaravati. Vasireddy Venkatadri Naidu moved to Amaravati in the year 1796, and dedicated his entire life in Amaravati. He spent his revenues to construct temples for Lord Shiva and he appointed nine archakas (priests) to perform rituals to Shivalingam at Amararama temple with providing them sustenance.
The presiding deity of Amareswara Swamy Temple is Lord Amareswara Swamy also called as Lord Amaralingeswara Swamy, who is in the form of sacred Shivalingam. The Goddess of this temple is Goddess Bala Chamundika, the consort of Lord Amareswara Swamy. The Shivalingam at this temple is said to be very tall and the daily rituals to the Shivalingam is performed by the priests by mounting a pedestal platform.
We can see a red colored patch on the Shivalingam. The legend describes about the red patch that the Shivalingam was kept growing in its size. To stop its growth an important nail has been hit onto the very top of the Shivalingam. And it is said that when the nail started digging on to the shivalingam, the shivalingam started bleeding. And hence the red patch is still present on the lingam. Amararama temple has its importance that it is respected as a consecrated place of worship to both Buddhism and Hinduism.
The temple remains open from morning 9.00 AM to 6.00 PM.
- Mahasivaratri – February/March
- Navaratri – September/October
It is connected by the Amaravati road from the heart of Guntur with 32km by road. It is 46km south west of Vijayawada and is well connected with all other major cities or towns of the state by road.
The nearest railway station is situated at Peddakurapadu, which is about 19 kilometer distance from the temple.
The nearest airport to reach Amararama temple is Gannavaram airport, to the north of Vijayawada.
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