On the banks of river Krishna, stands the temple of Amaralingeswara, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The place was believed to have been an important pilgrimage site for the Buddhists, with the architecture of the temple and surroundings showcasing strong influence from Buddhism. Vasireddy Venkatadri Naidu, King of Chintapalli and later Dharanikota, was a great devotee of Amaralingeswara. He expanded and renovated the temple. Inscriptions are there on the walls during the times of Kota chiefs and Vijayanagara empire. It is one among the famous Pancharamas temples of Andhra Pradesh.
The legend regarding the origin of temple describes the war between Lord Kumara Swamy and Tarakasura. As per the legend, Kumaraswamy broke the Lingam worn by Tarakasur as instructed by Lord Vishnu as he could not defeat the demon who had the Lingam on him. One of the places where the fragmented Lingam was placed by Lord Indra, is the Sri Amaralingeswara Temple. It is hence known as one of the Pancharama khsetras of Lord Shiva.This temple is part ...View more
f the famous Pancharama Kshetra Darshan Yatra.
On the four sides of the Amaravati temple are tiered gopurams adorned with sculptures, in Dravidian architectural style. The temple has influences of Buddhist style and homes a 15 feet high white marble Shiva symbol. The top of the Linga has a red stain on it. The Shivalinga which was believed to be growing in size, was hit with a nail to stop its growth. It is said that blood started to ooze from the Shivalinga, which accounts for th...View more
stain on the top. There are inscriptions from various eras as well as sculptures, carvings from various eras around the temple. On a pillar in the Mukhamantapa the wife of Proli Nayudu, who was minister of Kota King Ketaraja, has left an inscription. There is a shrine for Bala Chamundika, the consort of Amaralingeswara.Picture Courtesy: commons.wikimedia.org
Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire. Short dresses are not permitted.
Amaravathi is an important historic town, and served as the capital of the Satavahana kingdom in ancient times. It is a revered Hindu as well as Buddhist pilgrimage site. The historic Amaravati Mahachaitya stupa, built between 2nd to 3rd century can be seen here.
By road - Amaravati is situated 20 kms from Guntur and is connected by good roads to Guntur as well as other parts of the state.
By air - Vijayawada airport, is the nearest airport and is situated about 80kms from Amaravati .
By rail - Guntur is well connected by rail with other parts of the state. Taxis and buses are available from Guntur
The priests perform regular pujas and rituals to the deity. Abhishekam is an important ritual of the shrine in which the milk is poured over the Shiva Lingum, chanting the holy mantras or just 'Om Namah Shivai'. It is believed that Lord Amareswara Swamy fulfil the good wishes of the people. Worshipping at this temple is believed to resolve family issues.
Flowers, Garlands, Various abhisheka to the idol