Sakshi Bhavanarayana Swamy Temple Ponnur is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is 28 km from Guntur. This temple was built by the King Nalaparaju in 11th century AD. Later this temple was renovated by Chola King Kulothunga. It is said that this temple equals to 108 Tirupati temples. Goddess Rajyalakshmi shrine is located within the temple complex. Rathotsavam will be celebrated in a grand.
Sakshi Bhavanarayana Swamy Temple Ponnur History
As per the Legends, A Brahmin by the Name Kesavaiah was childless and used to visit holy shrines with his brother-in-law Govindudu. Kesavaiah had promised Govindudu at the premises of Lord Narayana in Kasi that he will give his daughter to Govindudu for marriage. With blessings from Kasi Narayana, Kesavaiah was blessed with a baby girl and named her AkkaLakshmi. When Akkalakshmi attained the age for marriage, Govindudu expressed his interest to Kesavaiah in marrying Akkalakshmi. Kesavaiah discarded his proposal and asked him for the witness. Govindudu went to Kasi and prayed Lord Vishnu to act his witness. Impressed Lord Narayana manifested in Ponnur and acted as the witness for the Kesavaiah’s promise. Hence, the name Sakshi Bhavanarayana Swamy.
It is also said that Lord Siva also came along with Narayana as the witness and manifested here.
It is believed that Lord Brahma used to take a bath at Brahma Pushkarini (temple tank) while performing penance at Ghostivanam.
How to reach Sakshi Bhavanarayana Swamy Temple Ponnur?
- The nearest airport is at Vijayawada which is 79 km from the temple.
- The nearest major railway junction is at Guntur which is 32 km away. Guntur station is well connected with all parts of India.
- Direct bus to the temple is available from Guntur and Tenali stations which are 30 km from the temple.
Sakshi Bhavanarayana Swamy Temple Ponnur
Reference Link: Temple History