Annavaram Temple - Design & Visit
The popularity and importance of the temple is gaining among the pilgrims and this place is considered as second only to Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. Festivals are celebrated round the year at this temple with great pomp and show. Some of the popular festivals celebrated are the Kalyanam festival in May, Devi Navaratri festival in September, the Swayamvara Vardhanti of Sraavana Suddha Ekadashi Day, Srirama Kalyana, Kanakadurga Yatra, Prabha Utsavam, Teppa Utsavam and Jalatoranam.
Annavaram temple - Design
• The murals on the temple walls depict scenes of successful conduct of the vrata by the high as well as the low. Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana swamy is the manifestation of the Trimurthis (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva).
• This factor is explained by the presence of priests of shaivaite order but the deity has the vaishnava mark on his forehead.
• There are separate enclosures in the temple where the vrata can be performed. Upto about 2000 vratas can be conducted at a time in these spacious halls at a particular time.
• The vratas can be conducted from 6am to 6pm but sometimes during pilgrim rush, it can be conducted even during the night times.
• Here there are also shrines for Rama, Vana durga and Kanaka durga.
How to Reach Annavaram Temple
Annavaram is 87kms from Rajamundry on the Vijayawada – Vishakapatanam rail route. All express trains pass through this sector, but only a few trains stop here. The distance between the railway station and Annavaram is three kms. The Devasthanam has its own bus service and the buses pick up/drop pilgrims at the railway station. Some of the buses run as far as Rajamundry and beyond in the south and Vishakapatnam to the north. Though the Rajamundry airstrip is serviced by some airlines, Vishakapatnam (114 kms) is definitely a better option. Accommodation is available aplenty at the devasthanam choultries, both old and new apart from the AC and non-AC cottages on the hills.