Importance of Annavaram Pilgrim | Touristic significance, daily ‘darshanas’ and accommodation facilities at Annavaram
Annavaram is one of the famous temples of Andhra Pradesh. Though there are many temples in the coastal region Annavaram has become famous because of its easy connectivity to rail and road, and also for the large vicinity of the temple. The deity of Annavaram, Lord Satyanarayana Swamy is known as a God who confers the boon asked. This temple has a history of over 100 years. According to puranaas ‘Annavaram’ means ‘Anina + varam’ (Said + boon). One has to witness the pleasant view of hundreds of couple performing Satyanarayana Vratam sitting in lines. The main temple looks like a chariot with 4 wheels on four corners.
Devotees who visit Annavaram in the month of Karthika are considered to be the most fortunate people. People can have the spiritual darshan as well as the nature darshan. Thousands of devotees visit this temple every day. Annavaram is located on National High way-5. It is located at a distance of 90 kms from Rajahmundry and 120 kms from the steel city Visakhapatnam. Both Vaishnavas and Shaivas visit this temple to have a darshan of Satyadeva, Anantha Lakshmi and Lord Shiva. According the temple history the God and Goddess emerged on this Ratnagiri temple in the telugu year khara (1891). In the last 120 years the temple has developed to occupy the place next only to Tirupati in income as well in the number of devotees.
Daily darshan – Brahmotsavam
The temple is opened from 05.00 am to 09.00 pm. Darsanam will not be available for 15 minutes in the middle of the day. The main puja in this temple is Satyanarayana Vratam. This is conducted everyday from 06.00am to 06.00 pm. Nityakalyanam for the presiding diety is performed every day from 09.00 am to 11.30 am. Free darshan as well as special darshan with Rs. 25 ticket are available. Kalyana Brahmotsavaalu is held every year from Vaisakah suddha dasami to bahula paadyami. Divya kalyaanam of swamy is performed on Ekaadasi day. There are also temples of Lord Rama, Vanadurga and Kanakadurga nearby. Special abhishekam for the presiding deities are performed early in the morning, every month on makha nakshatram. Under the Daily food donation scheme, Annadaanam is done for all the devotees every day.
The Srigokulam and the Surya clock built with astronomical knowledge can be visited with in the premises of the temple. There are many pilgrimage centers and tourist spots around this temple in the district. Pitapuram is situated at a distance of 30 kms from Annavaram where one can visit the Dattatreyaswamy temple, Goddess Puruhootika temple and Kukkuteswara swamy temple. Samarlakota, where the presiding diety is Sri Kumara Bheemeswara Swamy is also very near to Annavaram. Thalupulamma temple is located at 18 kms from here between green hills. Puttadhara which flows here, and the pleasant weather and panoramic view attracts the tourists. Nearby Danavaipet is a must visit to spend a pleasant evening. One can also go for a boat riding in the Pampa Reservoir. As there are bus and train services available to Visakhapatnam devotees go there and visit Simhachalam temple, RK beach, Kailasagiri and Araku Valley. The Maredmilli Eco Tourism resorts in the district agency are a special attraction.
There are Choultries with 400 rooms on top of the hill for the convenience of the devotees. These are available for a rent of Rs.100 to Rs.1,000. Along with these VIP cottages, AC, Non Ac rooms are also available. Choultries with 200 rooms, rest rooms and personal cottages are being built on Satyagiri beside Ratnagiri. There are also a three star hotel, Ratnagiri resorts and many private lodges down the hill.
How to reach Annavaram?
There are train, bus and air services to Annavaram. Nonstop bus services are available from Kakinada, Rajahmundry and Visakhapatnam. It takes 1 hour to reach Annavaram from Kakinada, 1 hour 45 minutes from Rajahmundry and two and half hours from Visakhapatnam and 11 hours from Hyderabad. One can see the Ratnagiri hills from the Bus station itself as the Bus station is located in the middle of Annavaram. The devasthanam buses and autos are also available. Almost all the trains stop at Annavaram rail way station. Ratnagiri is just 3 kms from the railway station. Devasthanam autos and buses are available all the 24 hours from railway station. Devotees can reach Annavaram in 3 hours from Visakhapatnam airport and in 2 hours from Madhurapudi airport, Rajahmundry through air services.
Any information relating to the temple can be had from phone no.s 08868-238163, 238125 and 239119.
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