Sobhanachala Swamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Siva. Devulapalli Achyutabagavantulu built this temple in 1626 A.D. Car (Rathotsavam) festival will be celebrated in a grand, where thousands of devotees participate in this mega event. Maghotsavam is one of the main festivals of the temple, which falls between Pushya Bahula Ekadasi and Maga Suddha Sapthami. During festival days, Lord will be taken out in a procession. There are 740 steps to reach the temple.
Sobhanachala Swamy Temple History
Legend dates back to Kritayuga, King Subhavratha performed strict penance for Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu pleased with his devotion appeared before him and granted a boon. Subhavratha requested the Lord Vishnu to incarnate in him along with Goddess Lakshmi. Lord Vishnu instructed him to perform penance for Lord Siva as his request can’t be fulfilled with our grace from Lord Siva. As advised by the Lord Vishnu, performed strict penance for Lord Siva as well. Later King turned himself into a hill so that he can be an abode of Lord Vishnu and Lord Siva. Hence, the hill got the name Sobhanadri or Sobhanagiri. Pleased with his devotion, Lord Vishnu and Siva took the residence on top of the hill.
To the west of Sobhanagiri Hill, there is a temple tank called Varaha Pushkarini. It is said that Lord Adi Varaha Swamy an incarnation of Lord Vishnu dug this tank, hence it is named after the Lord Varaha Swamy.
Sobhanachala Swamy Temple Timings
- Morning Hours: 8:00 am – 11:30 am
- Evening Hours: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
How to reach Sobhanachala Swamy Temple?
- The nearest airport is at Vijayawada which is at 20 km from the Temple.
- The nearest railway station is at Vijayawada which is 29 km away.
- Vijayawada city is well connected with all parts of India
- Temple is 30 km from Vijayawada Bus station. A Direct bus is available from Vijayawada to Agarapalli.