Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari temple situated in Penugonda. Penugonda is a village in West Godavari District, of Andhra Pradesh. Penugonda is the birth place of Goddess Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari. This Penugonda Kshetra is considered as the “Kasi of Vysyas” and is a holy place for Vysyas. Every Vysya should visit this Kshetra at least once in life time.
Penugonda is treasure house of many temples and situated on the banks of Gautami River which is one of the seven sacred tributaries of Godavari River, this village have more than 100 temples. Penugonda is the place where Gods and great saints performed atonement. Among the many temples of Goddess Vasavi, Penugonda is the place where the first temple of Sri Vasavi was built where the Goddess is called as Sri Vasavi Kanayaka Parameshwari.
As Goddess Vasavi from Vysyas cast front the temple place Vysyas inaugurated Honarable Sri. Potti Sriramulu statue, who has done hunger strike for the Andhara Pradesh state. We can find Astalaxmi temple beside Vasavi temple. Vysyas are running Arya Vysya Samasam near the temple for Vysyas who visits this place and travels from long distances. Recently in Penugonda Vysyas did Bhumi puja (Inauguration) for Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari Golden temple.
The proposed Golden temple of Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari in Penugonda:
penugonda is 35km from Tadepalligudem, 15km from Tanuku, 15km from Palakollu, 50km from Rajahmundry.
Buses ply to Penugonda: from Narasapur, Eluru, Vijayawada, Tirupathi, Hyderabad, Vizag, Rajamundhri and Nidathavol.
Nearest Railway stations: are Narsapur, Palakollu, Tanuku, Tadepalligudem, Rajahmundry.
The Nearest Airport: Vijiayavada (Gannavaram), 150kms from Penugonda Town.
Main tourist attraction of Palakol is the Ksheera Rama Lingeswara Swami Temple (A 15th century temple built for the Hindu God Shiva. It is one of the five Pancharamas). This place is famous for Lord Shiva (Eshwara) temple which is considered as one of the Pancharama temples. The temple here is called Sri Kshira Rama Lingeshwara swamy. The temple has a unique white shiva lingam and the temple tower is one of the tallest among the temple towers in Andhra Pradesh.
This place was earlier called as “Ksheera Puri” based on this temple. Later called as “Pala Kolanu”, which all tries to convey the meaning of milk pond. This town and the Ksheera Rama Lingeswara Swami temple are located in the area subtended by the Shiva temples at Srisailam,Draksharamam & Kaleswaram also called “Trilinga Desam” (meaning “the region bounded by three lingas”) which in following centuries of existence became Telugu desam,the language spoken by the people around these locations was named as Telugu, hence it is believed by some historians that the word “Telugu” was born from this region.
The Shiva Lingam (Moola Virat) can be seen from all the four sides through windows in the Garbha Gruharam. Additionally, Sun God, Kashi Vishweshwara, Goddess parvathi, Goddess Lakshmi, Nagareshwara Lingam, Dundi Vigneshwara, Veera Bhadra, Sapta Matruka, Kanaka Durga, Brahma, Saraswathi, Kumara Swamy, Kartikeya, Mahishasura Mardhini, Naga sarpa, Nataraja, Dattatreya, Kala Bhairava, Nageshwara, Shaneeshwara, Shankara, Radha Krishna can also be seen in the temple.
There is a belief that the Shiva lingam is installed by Lord Vishnu. People say that, staying one day in Kshirarama is equivalent to staying one year in Varanasi. The Prakara is designed by Sri Velupathi during 10th century. The art of temple construction resembles those constructed during Chalukya period. Gopuram is constructed by Sri Alladu Reddy during 14th Century. During 17th century, Kalyana mantapam (choultry) and Ashtha Bhuja Lakshmi Narayanaswamy alaya have been constructed. The temple timings are, 5.30am to 11.30am and 4.00pm to 8.30pm. choultry facility is available for tourists to stay in the temple premesis. Excellent transportation facility available to reach Palakollu. Very good service available for trains and buses. Bhimavaram is located just 20Kms away, Narsapur is 10 Kms away from here. Very frequent buses run towards Narsapur. The temple is situated very nearer to Bus station. Palakollu is 20Kms from Bay of Bengal.
Dwaraka Tirumala (Chinna Thirupathi) |
“Dwaraka Tirumala” is an ancient holy place and a popular pilgrim center in Andhra Pradesh of South India. Dwaraka Tirumala is nearer to ‘Eluru’, the head quarters of West Godavari District, which is 42 KM away from Eluru. Dwaraka Tirumala is situated at 15KM distance from Bhimadole Junction, which is in between Vijayawada and Rajahmundry State Highway and Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam main Railway line.
This pilgrimage centre is called “Dwaraka Tirumala” after the great saint, “Dwaraka” who located the self manifested idol of Lord “Sri Venkateswara” after severe penance in a ‘Valmikam’ (ant hill). The devotees call Sri Venkateswara as Kaliyuga Vaikunta Vasa. This place is also called “Chinna Tirupati”.
As per Sastras North Indian rivers like Ganges and Yamuna are considered to be more and more holy as they go up to the origin and south Indian rivers like Krishna and Godavary are more and more holy as they go down the river to its mouth to the Sea. It is why there are numerous shrines and holy bathing ghats, at close intervals, on both sides of the great grand rivers Krishna and Godavary in their lower regions.
The region covered by our Dwaraka Tirumala is commanding the top most conspicuous position in India, being garlanded by these two great Indian rivers Krishna and Godavary, as pointed out by Brahma Purana.
The devotees who wish to go and offer their donations, or tonsures or any other offerings to Lord Venkateswara, Lord of Tirumala Tirupati, called as “Pedda Tirupati”, due to some reason, if they are unable to go there, they can offer their donations, prayers and worship in Dwaraka Tirumala temple.
Dwaraka Tirumala is a famous temple from the ancient times. According to some Puranas, the temple is popular even in Kruta yuga and is still attracting the devotees. According to Brahma Purana, Aja Maharaja, the Grand father of Lord Sri Rama also worshiped Lord Venkateswara for his marriage. On his way to the ‘Swayamvaram’ of Indumati, he passed by the temple. He did not offer prayers in the temple. The bride Indumati garlanded him, but he had to face a battle with the kings who came to the Swayamvaram. He realized that the battle was thrust on him for ignoring the temple on the way. After realizing this, Aja Maharaja prayed to the Lord Venkateswara. Suddenly the kings stopped the battle.
It is a great wonder to see two main idols under one Vimana Sikharam. One idol is a full and complete statue. The other is a half statue of the upper portion of the form of the Lord. The upper potion of the form is a self-manifested idol located by Sage “Dwaraka”. The saints of the yore felt the prayers to the Lord are not complete without worshipping His holy feet. So, the saints joined together and installed a full statue behind the self-manifested idol, to worship the feet of the Lord according to Vaikhanasa Agamam.