Lakshmi Narasimha swamy Temple, Antarvedi
Andhra Pradesh, East Godavari
Located at Antarvedi, East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh, Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Narasimha Swamy, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple is also called an island temple because of the confluence of Bay of Bengal and Vashishtha River, a tributary of River Godavari. The temple was constructed between the 15th and 16th century. According to the inscriptions, it is said that the temple was rebuilt by Kopanati Krishnamma of Agni Kula Kshatriya in the year 1823 AD.
According to the legends, once Raktavilochana, son of the demon king Hiranyaksha performed a penance for Lord Siva. Pleased with his devotion, Lord Shiva gave boon to Raktavilochana that on each blood drop of Raktha Vilochana on earth will create a new Raktavilochana. Having this boon, Raktavilochana started troubling Sages and people on earth. For taking revenge on Sage Vashista, Sage Viswamitra diverted the Raktavilochana on Sage Vashista's 100...View more
sons. To save his children, Sage Vashista prayed to Sage Vashista and promised to help him. During the battle, Raktavilochana gained more strength due to the boon given by Lord Shiva. Lord Narasimha understood this and created Maya Sakthi and asked her to stretch her tongue and cover the entire Earth so that the demon's blood drops will not touch the Earth. Later, Lord Narasimha killed Raktavilochana and he created a pool to wash his hands which later came to be known as Chakra Theertham. It is believed that whoever takes the bath in the Theertham will be relieved from the sins in the present life. Upon the request of Sage Vashista, Lord stayed at this place along with his Consort Lakshmi facing West direction.
The temple has a 5 storeyed Vimana Gopuram. As one enters the temple one can see the Garuda on one side and Bhaktha Anjaneya on the other side of temple entrance. The idol of Lord Narasimha Swamy is made from a single stone. The temple houses other shrines within the temple complex.
Timings : 06:00 AM To 07:30 PM
Wear neat and modest clothes and avoid shorts for men
The culture of East Godavari district is a rich traditional one in all parts of the district, and reflects the true culture of Andhra Pradesh. It is known for Veda-pandits, the Godavari River and the hospitality of the people. The Telugu language originated in this district (in Rajahmundry or Rajamahendri). East Godavari District has produced several stalwarts in area of culture, music, art and cinema. Poet and writer Devulapalli Krishnasastri, famous Musician and Singer M.Balamuralikrishna (Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna), P.B. Sreenivas, Adurthi Subba Rao, C. Pullaiah, Nandikolla Gopala Rao Father of modern contemporary art, N.V.Reddi Naidu (Painter), actress Jaya Prada belong to this district.Freedom fighter, social worker and politician Durgabai Deshmukh.
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Vari Devasthanam, Sakhinetipallimandal, Antarvedi, East godavari-533252
Rajahmundry Airport is the nearest airport to reach the temple.
Rajahmundry Bus station is the nearest bus station to reach the temple.
Rajahmundry Railway station is the nearest railway station to reach the temple.
Antarvedi is located at a distance of 130kms from Kakinada, 100kms from Rajahmundry and 65kms from Amalapuram. Sakhinetipalli village is located 15kms from Antarvedi and Narsapur village is 10kms from here. This small but prominent pilgrimage village, Antarvedi can be reached by bus or car from these nearby places. There are regular buses from Rajahmundry, Kakinada and Amalapuram which takes one to the temple.
Morning pooja and arati starts from 06:00 AM onwards. Daily seva's to be performed according to temple calender.
Kalyanamohasthavams Magh sudda Sapthami to Magha Bhhula Payamis,Sri Swamy Vari Kalyanam (Magha Sudda Dasami), Rathayatra Magha Sudha Ekadasi, Sri Venkateswara Swamy kalyanam, Jasta Sudha Ekadasi, Sri Narasimha Jayanthi (Vysakha Sudha Chaturdasi), Bheeshma Ekadasi, which is celebrated annually during the months of January or February. During this festival a Rath Yatra is performed.