Muramalla Sri Veereswara Swamy (also called as Veerabhadra Swamy) and Bhadrakali temple is situated in Muramalla Panchayat of Polavaram Mandal of the East Godavari district, state of Andhra Pradesh. The mythology says that Lord Brahma performed a yagna (offering of ritual materials) to gratify Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakti (Parvati). Goddess Shakti appeared, separating Herself from Lord Shiva to help Lord Brahma in the creation of universe. But then Lord Brahma got immense pride about being the creator of the Universe. And Lord Brahma started prevailing towards Lord Shiva.
This comportment of Lord Brahma made Lord Shiva indignant, which resulted Lord Shiva in demolishing the fifth head of Lord Brahma. And Lord Brahma got cursed by Lord Shiva that He would lose His Power of creation. Lord Brahma wished to coalesce Lord Shiva and Lord Shakti. Consequently, Daksha, one of the son of Lord Brahma, performed numerous yagnas to acquire Goddess Shakti as His daughter in the form of Sati, (goddess of marital felicity and longevity), and decided to get Her married to Lord Shiva. But Daksha was in detestation on Lord Shiva as Lord Brahma’s fifth head was cut off by Lord Shiva.
However Lord Shiva and Goddess Sati got married. This even increased the anger of Daksha. And to take revenge on Lord Shiva, Daksha performed a special yagna near Muramalla. On that special yagna, Daksha invited all the deities leaving out Lord Shiva and Goddess Sati purposefully. But Goddess Sati wished to attend the yagna and expressed her wish to Lord Shiva. Ultimately Lord Shiva acquiesced and Goddess Sati attended the yagna. But Goddess Sati was not respected at the yagna and Daksha purposefully insulted Lord Shiva. Unbeard by the behavior of Daksha, Goddess Sati immolated Herself.
By knowing this, Lord Shiva took Virabhadra avatar, a super being created by the wrath of Rudra (Shiva), and cut off the head of Daksha and was later replace with the head of male goat. And still immersed in sorrow, Lord Shiva had a dance of destruction (Rudra Tandava) carrying half burnt body of goddess Sati. To stop the dance of destruction performed by Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu threw His Chakra (Sudharshan Chakra) on Goddess Sati’s body which dismembered Her body into 52 parts. Each body part or ornament of Goddess Sati that fell on different places of the earth, and is the places where the Adi Shakti temples are built.
Lord Vishnu met Lord Shiva in Narasimha avatar (Half man and half lion) and tried to console Lord Shiva but it end up in vain. Lord Vishnu informed about Virabhadra to Lord Brahma. And the Thirumurtis (Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu) together requested Adiparashakti (the Supreme Being), to placate Lord Virabhadra. Adiparashakti sent Bhadrakali, one of the fierce forms of Goddess Devi out of 16 avatars to pacify Lord Virabhadra. Lord Shiva got appeased on seeing Goddess Bhadrakali. And they got married according to Gandharva Vivaham custom. And hence, even today the priests in the temple follow the celestial wedding which is called as Nitya Kalyanam every day to the deities of Lord Virabhadra and Goddess Bhadrakali, dressed up as a bride groom.
And it is also said that it is witnessed even by the other deities and devas like Agastya, Sukudu, Viswamitra, Vasista, Gowtama, Bhargava, Vyasa, Bharadwaj, Marichidu, kasyapudu, Markendeyudu and Narada. And we can see Lord Virabhadra and Lord Vishnu in Narasimha avatar (half man and half lion) in this temple. The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Veereswara Swamy (Lord Virabhadra), a super being created by the wrath of Rudra (Shiva) and Goddess Bhadrakali. It is believed that devotees visiting this temple will get cure from all the obstacles regarding marriage and childless couple will be blessed with children.
- Gau Pooja (Cow Pooja)
- Panchamrutha Abishekam
- Nityakalyanam Pooja
- The other rituals such as Annaprasanna, Mahanyasam, and Vahana Pooja Chariot pooja) are also performed.
- Maha Shivaratri Festival – February/March
- Annual Brahmotsavam
- Laksha Rudraksha Festival
- Pushkaranadi Jalabhishekam
Muramalla is situated in between National Highway 214 from Kathipudi- Pamarru. Direct Buses are available from Kakinada, Yanam or Amalapuram.
The Nearest railway stations to reach Muramalla Sri Veereswara Swamy and Bhadrakali temple is Kakinada and Rajahmundry stations.
The nearest airport to reach Muramalla Sri Veereswara Swamy and Bhadrakali temple is Rajahmandry airport.
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