Amaravati Temple stands on the banks of River Krishna. This temple is dedicated to Lord Siva and the presiding deity is called by Amareswara Swamy. The main deity here in this temple is in Linga form which is of 15 feet height.
Significance of Amaravati Temple
As per the Legends stated in the Skanda Purana, At the end of Dwapara Yuga and the beginning of KaliYuga, Sage Sounakadi asked Sage Narada the best way to attain salvation. Sage Narada advised Sage Sounakadi to take bath regularly in the river Krishna and live on the banks of the river as this river was created by Lord Krishna. Sage Narada told the significance of Amareswara Temple as follows.
Amareswara Temple is located on the southern bank of river Krishna and on the south-eastern side of the Srisailam. Lord Siva self-manifested here in the form of Linga to grant wishes for the devotees. He also mentioned that one who takes the bath in River Krishna and worships Amareswara here in this temple will be relieved from the sins. Those who stay at this place for 3 days and worships the Lord with devotion will attain Siva Loka. If any devotee dies here will be absorbed by the Lord Siva.
Amaravati Temple is as holy as the Varanasi Temple in Northern India and the river Krishna is as holy as the River Ganga which flows next to Varanasi Temple.
Amaravati Temple History
As per the Legends, Lord Siva was residing at Dhanyakataka (the present-day Amaravati) with his Ganas. Devas who lost the battle against the demon Tarakasura and started living at Dhanyakataka which later came to know as Amaravati. The battle between Indra (God of Heaven) and Demon Tarakasura went for Ten Thousand years. After losing the battle against the demon, Indra sought help from Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu advised Indra to pray for Lord Siva as Tarakasura got the boon from Lord Siva. Lord Siva was reluctant to kill Tarakasura who was a great devotee. Lord Siva deputed Kumara Swamy to lead the army of the Devas. Tarakasura used to wear Siva Linga around his neck because of which he is unbeatable. As advised by the Lord Vishnu, Kumara Swamy used Agni Astra to break the Siva Linga. The Atma Linga broke into five pieces which started reuniting. To prevent this reunification, Indra, Sun, Chandra, Lord Vishnu and Kumara Swamy established those Linga’s with devotion. Lord Indra with his Guru Brihaspati established the first and biggest piece and named the Lord as Amareswara
Lord Indra with his Guru Brihaspati established the first and biggest piece and named the Lord as Amareswara. The Guru of the demons Sukracharya asked Brihaspati as to how he could establish Linga here, as this place will be flooded by the river Krishna. Brihaspati explained to him that, the first piece had fallen on the mountain Crouch which was deep into the earth up to Pathala and started growing. Hence, even if the river overflows nothing will happen to this place and that is why Krishan flows north to south at this place.
Amaravati Temple was renovated by Raja Sri Vasireddi Venkatadri Nayudu who was ruling this region in the 18th century. From the inscriptions, it is known that Krishna Deva Raya contributed towards to the temple construction.
Amaravati Temple Timings: 6:00 am – 9:00 pm
How to reach Amaravati Temple?
- The nearest airport is at Vijayawada which is 56 km away
- Guntur is well connected with all part of India. Most of the Trains running to South India runs via Guntur.
- The Direct bus to Guntur is available from all parts of Andhra Pradesh with high frequency. Amaravati Temple is 30 km from Guntur main bus station.