Annavaram – Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Temple

Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana swamivari (Lord Vishnu) with his consort Anantha Lakshmiannavaram-sri-satyanarayana-swamy

Mantram: “Om Sri SatyaDevaya Namah”

Hindus perform Sri Satyanarayana Vratham throughout India for weath, education, prosperity, off spring, relief from troubles and sickness and success in business.

  • Lord Satyadeva the GOD OF TRUTH is showering his eternal blessings on mankind in his beautiful manifested form of the DIVINE TRINITY namely Hari Hara Hiranya Garbha Thrimurtyatmaka.

Annavaram is one of the most famous Holy Shrines in India and enjoying second place after Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. The temple is built in the Dravidian style. The glory and richness of Lord SATYADEVA was widely described in Revakhanda of Skandapuranam. The presiding deity Lord Satyadeva with his consort Sri Anantha Lakshmi on one Side and with Lord Siva on the other side took his abode on Ratnagiri, which is named after Ratnakara, son of Meru the king of holy mountains.

Contact Info:

Executive Office,
Sri.V.V.S.S. Devasthanam
Annavaram – 533406.
East Godavari
Andhra Pradesh.
Cell:9491000636
Phone : 08868-238121,238125,238163
Fax :08868-238124
E-mail :eoannavaram(at)yahoo[dot]co[dot]in

Web: www.annavaramdevasthanam.nic.in/

For More Details about Kalyanam Superintendent : 9491249984 and AEO : 9491249983

FOR ALL INFORMATION.:: PLEASE CALL “ CENTRAL INFORMATION CENTER / CALL CENTER “ :- 08868-239999

DARSHAN INFO.

Timings: 06.00AM to 12.30PM 1.00PM to 9.00PM

S.No Darshan Type Ticket Rate per each person Offers
1. Sarva Darsanam Free
2. Seegra Darsanam Rs.50/- One packet (100Gms) of bhogam prasadam
3. Antaralaya Darsanam Rs.100/-

SEVAS

S.No Details Time
1. Sri Swamy Vari Suprabhata Seva 3:30 AM
2. Abhishekam & Archana 4:00 AM to 5:15 AM
3. Balabogam 5:15 AM
4. Panchaharathulu & Neerajana Mantra Pushpam 5:30 AM
5. Swamy Vari Sarva Darshanam 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
12:30 PM to 9:00 PM
6. Ashtothara Sathanama Poojas & Sahasranamarchanas 08:00 AM to 12:00 PM
7. Abhishekams are been performed by the Devotees Rs. 100/- per each tickets in Yantralayam 08:00 AM to 12:00 PM
8. Sri Vari Nitya Kalyanam 09:30 AM
9. Rajabhoga Mahanivedana 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM
10. Darbaru Mandapam who are having tickets Rs. 40/- respectively. 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
11. Sri Swamy Vari Darbaru Seva 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
12. Sri Ammavarla Ekanta Seva 8:30 PM to 9:00 PM
13. Temple Doors Close 9:00 PM to 3:30 AM

Sri Swamivari / Ammavari Sevas and Rusums

S.No Name of the Seva No. of Persons Allowed Cost in Rs. Seva Time
1. Sri Swamy Suprabatha Seva Single Rs.116/- 03:30 AM
2. Sri Swamivari Vratham Couple or Single Rs.150/- 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
3. Sri Swamivari Vratham Couple or Single Rs.300/- 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
4. Sri Swamivari Special Vratham Couple or Single Rs.700/- 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
5. Sri Swamivari Visishta Vratham Couple or Single Rs.1,500/- 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
6. Sri Swamivari Nitya Kalyanam Couple or Single Rs.1,000/- 9:30 AM
7. Sri Swamivari Vratham in absense of devotees
(M.O./DDs are accepted)
After ‘Pooja’ prasadam will be sent by post
Couple or Single Rs.500/-
8. Sri Sitaramula (Kshethra Palakulu)
Pattabhishekam on the lunar star day of Punarvasu in Sri Ramalayam
Couple or Single Rs.116/- On Punarvasu Star Day
9. Sri Swamivari Pavalimpu seva Single Rs.50/- 02:00PM
10. Sri Swamivari Laksha Patri Pooja Couple or Single Rs.2,500/- 08:00AM
11. Sri Ammavari Laksha Kunkumarchana Couple or Single Rs.2,500/- 08:00AM
12. Sri Swamivari Abhishekam on the lunar star day of Makha Couple or Single Rs.3000/- One Day Only
13. Chandi Homam Couple or Single Rs.558/- Every Friday 9.00 AM
14. Pratyangiri Homam Couple or Single Rs.558/- Every Pournami 9.00 AM
15. Swarna Pushparchana Couple or Single Rs. 3000/- Every Ekadasi
16. Veda Aseervachanam Couple or Single Rs.500/- As Per Devotee Interest
17. Go Pooja Couple or Single Rs.116/- Daily
Sri Swami Vari Nitya Kalyanam

Seva Description Persons Allowed Prasadam / Gifts Ticket Cost
Kalyanam 2 Prasadam 1kg, Bangi Prasadam 300gms,
Khanduva, Blouse
Rs.1,000/-
Annaprasana Ksheera Annam : 100 gms (Parmannamu), Goduma Nooka Prasadam 300gms, Rs.100/

PRASADAM

        Prasadam is the sign of Lord Satyadeva. Pilgrims feel that it is the token blessings of the Lord Satyadeva. Sale of Prasadam counters available at uphill and downhill also.

Sl. No. Location Number of Counters Timings
1. Up hill Counter (Near Ramalayam) 2 06:00 AM to 09:00 PM
2. Down hill Counter (Near Steps) 1 Round the Clock
3. Highway Road Counter (Near Model Temple) 1 Round the Clock

   Prasadam (100 gms)                           –    Rs 10.00 for each packet.

   Bangi prasadam (Solid) 100 Gms      –    Rs 15.00 for each packet.

The collective efforts are being taken to ensure the quality and quantity of Prasadam and all most care is being taken so as to enable the pilgrims to get the prasadam easily.

Accommodation

Plenty of accommodation available for the pilgrims.

Choultries, Guest houses, Halls / Mandapas

How to Reach

–          80kms from Rajahmundry,

–          120kms from Visakhapatnam, and

–          50 Kms from Kakinada

–          Nearest railway station is Annavaram.

–          Nearest airport is Rajahmandry or Visakhaptnam.

By Road

  • There are frequent Express buses from Visakhapatnam ,Rajahmundry and Kakinada.
  • Devasthanam is running buses from Down hill to Up Hill.
  • APSRTC Buses : A.P.S.R.T.C runs Buses for every Half An Hour Via Annavaram from Rajahmundry to Visakhapatnam and vice versa.
  • For Every 15 mintus buses are available from Tuni to Kakinada via Annavaram and surrounding Villages and vice versa.

Code Of Conduct (‘Dos and Don’ts’)

Temple Committee requests all visitors to preserve the sanctity of the Annavaram area. Suggestions in the form of‘Dos and Don’ts’  are displayed at various places at Annavaram temple You are requested to get acquainted with them before you visit Temple.

DOs :

  • Do observe absolute silence inside the temple and chant Om Sri SatyaDevaya Namah to yourself.
  • Do respect and promote religious sentiments among co-pilgrims.
  • Do contact any of the Annavarm Devasthanams Enquiry Offices for information regarding the temple and your
  • Worship there.
  • Do pradakshinam (keeping the shrine to your right) with devotion before entering the temple.
  • Do follow the procedures of the temple and wait for your turn for the darshan of the Lord.
  • Do deposit your offerings in the hundi only.

DONTs :

  • Don’t eat non-vegetarian food. Don’t consume liquor or other intoxicants.
  • Don’t wear footwear, or move around in a vehicle, in and around the premises of the temple.
  • Don’t approach touts for quick darshan and accommodation.
  • Don’t rush in for darshan, but move along in the queue.
  • Don’t prostrate (sastanga danda pranamam) inside the temple.
  • Don’t buy spurious prasadam from street vendors.
  • Don’t throw away the prasadam and teertham given to you at the temple.
  • Don’t enter the temple, if, according to custom or usage, you are prohibited to enter.
  • Don’t wear flowers and garlands in Gardens; all flowers are for the Lord only.
  • Don’t spit or be a nuisance inside the temple premises.
  • Don’t enter the shrine naked or wearing only a loin-cloth.
  • Don’t wear any head guards like helmets, caps, turbans and hats inside the temple premises.
  • Don’t carry any weapon inside the temple.
  • Don’t eat food brought from outside or chew betel leaves in the temple premises.
  • Don’t evacuate urine or motion or spit in the premises of the temple.
  • Don’t pay obeisance with only one hand.
  • Don’t sit with your back facing the Deity.
  • Don’t talk about your wealth, money and status.
  • Don’t quarrel in the temple premises.
  • Don’t commit any act of violence or harshness in the temple premises.
  • Don’t sleep in the temple premises.

Fairs and Festivals

Though every day is a festival day at the Ratnagiri shrine, there are certain special celebrations which are dear to the devotees.Devasthanam is celebrating following occations with great eclat.

   Sri Swamyvari Kalyana mahotsavam

   Sri Swamivari Jayanti

The second day of the Saravana Sukla being the day of the Lords deacent is celebrated as the Lords birthday with great eclat.

The crown all these festivals during the year the 5 days celebration of the Lords Marriage with his consort are held commencing on the Vysakha Sudda Ekadasi during the Kalayanam Celebrations various cultural programmes processions with beautiful decorations etc. Will be arranged. Grama sevas are being conducted on Every Ekadasi day on every during danuar Masam.

Important Festival Days :

Sl. No. Name of the Festival Function on Festival
1. Ugadi Panchagasravanam
2. Sri Rama Navami Sri Sitarama Kalyanotsavams.
3. Chaitra Bahula Shasti to Amavasya Sri Kanaka Durgamma Vari Jatara Mahotsavams.
4. 1st April Sri Sarawathi Pooja
5. Sri Krishana Jayanti Utla Sambaram
6. Sri Vinayaka Chavathi Ganapthi Navaratara Utasavams
7. Sri Devi Navaratrulu Mahanyasa Abhishakam and Laksha Kumkumarchana are being performed at Yantralayam.
8. Vijaya Desami Jammi Pooja
9. Divali Deepotasavam
10. Karthika Sudda Dwadasi Boat Festival at Pampa River
11. Karthika Pournami Giri Pradakshina Jawala Toranam
12. Kanuma Utsavam Prabha Utsavam will be conducted in village
13. Mahasivaratri Mahanyasa Poorvaka Abhishekam Laksha Bilwarchana in the Main Temple

Management / Trust Board

The Government of Andhra Pradesh constitutes Trust Board, as per provisions of Endowments Act : 30 of 1987. The Founder Family Member will be the Chairman of the Trust Board.

Sri Gokulam

Sri Gokulam is one of the visiting places in Annavaram. It is in the north east of the Temple. There are many cows in all breeds. Lord Gopala Krishna is in the middle of the cows in Gokulam. Pilgrims visit and offer pooja by paying Rs 116/-
The devotees may donate cows to sri swamy vari devastanam and they may contribute for saswatha (permanent) Gopooja and for the welfare of Cows.

LEGEND

  Annavaram is one of the most famous Holy Shrines in India and enjoying second place after Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. The temple is built in the Dravidian style. The glory and richness of Lord SATYADEVA was widely described in Revakhanda of Skandapuranam. The presiding deity Lord Satyadeva with his consort Sri Anantha Lakshmi on one Side and with Lord Siva on the other side took his abode on Ratnagiri, which is named after Ratnakara, son of Meru the king of holy mountains. Like in all Divyakshetrams as surrounded and followed by holy rivers, Sri Satyanarayana Swamy at Annavaram is also followed by sacred Pampa River touching the feet of the hill. Lord Satyadeva the god of truth is showering his eternal blessings on mankind in his beautiful manifested form of the DIVINE TRINITY namely Hari Hara Hiranya Garbha Thrimurtyatmaka. Hence this is the temple that is attracting the Pilgrims of both Vishanava and Saiva devotees and thousands of pilgrims from all over the Country are worshiping Lord Satyadeva every day forgetting all sectional differences.

Enriched by the installation of SRIMATHRIPATHVIBHUTI VYKHUNTA MAHA NARAYANA YANTRA, which plays a dominant and important role with the power of attraction of both money and men (Dhana Janakarsha). The Peetham of Swamyvaru is highly adorned with the installation of Panchayatana, befitting the glory and sanctity of the deity.

This famous yantra is a unique one, the like of which does not exist any where else in India.

STHALAPURANAM AND STORIES BEHINDTHETEMPLE&LEGENDS:

It is believed that the place was known for constant food distribution (free feeding) by the benevolent people of the locality and that therefore the place was called by the name Annavaram (annam means food in Telugu). Another version is that because the presiding deity of the place blesses the devotees with anina varam (pronounced or wanted boon), the place is called Annavaram.

The hillock by the side of the village is considered to be very sacred. Meruvu, the lord of the hills and his consort Menaka did great penance and begot two sons by the grace of Lord Vishnu. One was named Bhadra and the other Ratnakar. Bhadra pleased Lord Vishnu with his devotion and penance and with his grace became Bhadrachalam on which Lord Sri Rama had permanently settled. Ratnakara desired to emulate his brother and succeeded in pleasing Lord Vishnu by his penance to settle on him as Veera Venkata Satyanarayanaswamy, Ratnakara remaining as Ratnagiri (hill). Ratnagiri Hill ranges are said to be connected with two strategic incidents. Tradition says that Sri Krishadevaraya of Vijayanagar used the secret underground passages in the hills to attack the enemy from both sides during his invasion on kalinga kings. The Andhra revolutionary late Alluri Seetharama Raju had some of the secret quarters for himself and his followers in these hill ranges, when he rebelled against the British Rule.

The temple of Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayanaswamy is the main temple on the Ratnagiri hill. There are also a temple of Sri Rama and the shrines of Vana Durga and Kanaka Durga nearby. The temple of gramadevatha”Nerellamma” (village deity) is in the village at the foot of the hill.

It is said that one Brahmin of the village by name Earanki prakasam got a dream wherein lord appeared and told him that his vigraha was left abondened on the hill without worship and they shall trace it and reconsecrate it. That Brahmin informed the said fact to Sri Raja I.V.Ramarayanam,the then Zamindar of Gorasa of kirlampudi estate, and both of them along with other villagers traced the idol on the hill, worshipped it and installed it. at the present spot on Sravana Suddha Vidiya of the Telugu year Khara (i.e.) 1891 A.D (Fasli 1301).

“The main temple was constructed on the hill with the pleasing and distant view of Bay Of Bengal (11 miles) on one side and the row of Eastern Ghats on the other side the green fields alround the hills and the pampa River encircling Ratnagiri.The hillock itself is about 300 feet above the sea level.About 300 well – laid stone steps lead to the top of it.

Initially a small shed was constructed in 1891 when the idol was found. Later a temple was built in course of time with the cooperation of villagers and other devotees of the near by villages. Subsequently the temple was reconstructed during 1933-34, with locally available stone. Later when the same reached dilapiated condition, it was reconstructed during 2011-2012.

The main temple is constructed in the form of a chariot with the four wheels at each of the four corners. In front of the main temple is the kalyana mantapa, constructed and decorated with modern pieces of architecture. As we go down the way,we come across Ramalaya and then the shrines of Vana Durga is held in great veneration and Devi is said to be seen even to this day in the nights, going about the holy precincts perpetually guarding the Lord’s premises.

The Akriti of any temple is, according to the Agni Purana, merely a manifestation of the Prakriti. This idea is further developed in the ancient texts, and the entire Slipa Sastra is based on the principle that the wall and the vimana of the temple should be so constructed as to remind a devotee, of the universe, and the Lord inside representing the Supreme Spirit which is the core and being of the entire Universe. According to these tests, the chariot is intended as a symbol of the seven lokas underneath, and the seven lokas above, with the garbhalaya of the Lord, at the heart center ruling over the entire universe. The temple at Annavaram has been constructed to depict this idea concretely. The front side of the temple depicts the chariot. The Meru on the floor with the pillar at the center, and the idols at the top are intended to bring forth the idea that the Lord not only remains at the heart’s center but also permeates the entire universe. The wheels depicting the Sun and the Moon serve to remind us that this Jaggernaut moves on the wheels of time, and goes on forever and ever. Thus the Annavaram temple satisfies both the ritualistic values and the spiritual aspirations of its devotees.””

The idol is about 13 feet high in a cylindrical form, the base being in the lower sanctum representing Lord Brahma and the top is in the upper sanctum representing Lord Vishnu. The middle portion represents Lord Siva. There are some temples representing the unity of Lords Hari and Hara in some places and this is the place where even Brahma who is generally denied temple worship, is clubbed with the other two, and the creator (Brahma), the protector (Vishnu) and destroyer (Siva) are worshipped simultaneously. The image of the lord forming a single idol representing the Trimurthis-Brahma, Vishnu and Siva is of unique attraction.

“Moolatho Brahma roopaya

Madhayathashca Maheswaram

Agrathah Vishnuroopaya

Traika roopayathenamaha”

The temple is in two floors; the ground floor contains the yantra and the peetham of the Lord. On the four sides of the yantra there are four deities namely Ganapati, Suryanarayanaswamy, Bala Tripurasundari and Maheswaraswamy which constitutes panchayathanam. In the 1st floor the Moola virat of Lord Satyanarayana swamy is in the centre, the image of Goddess Anantha Lakshmi Ammavaru is in the right and Lord Shiva is on the left. The idols are of exquisite grace and beauty and are encaged in gold kavachams.”. The adjoining shrine of Sri Rama seems to be the holy spot where the original self-mainfested idol of Sri Satyanarayanaswamy was discovered by the devotees. Lord Sri Rama is considered to be the Kshetra Palaka of this holy abode of the Lord Satyadeva.

Satya Deva Vratha katha
                                     Hindus perform Sri Satyanarayana Vratham throughout India for weath, education, prosperity, off spring, relief from troubles and sickness and success in business. When it came to be known that Lord Satyanarayana had manifested Himself on the Ratnagiri hills at Annavaram in unique form combining the Trimurthis viz., Brahma, Vishnu and Siva the number of pilgrims from far and near swelled to hundreds and thousands. The average attendance daily is about five thousand now a-days. Though Ekadasi is considered to be very auspicious for the vratham, the individual devotees perform it even on other convenient days. The great popularity behind the vratham springs from the experiences narrated in stories and legends and also the faith gained by observances in daily life.
The important legend connected with this vratham was that once Sage Narada was very much distressed at the misery of marthyas(men in this world) and prayed Lord Vishnu to be informed of a way out for them. The lord then told him that Satyanarayana Vratham would relieve men of their troubles and would ensure worldly prosperity and salvation after death. He also narrated that a pious Brahmin of Banaras performed the vratham first. It was also described how king Ulkamukha of Bhadrasilanagaram, Emperor Tungadhwaja, and a community of Gollas in his kingdom, a Vaisya business man named Sadhuvu, and a poor woodcutter of Banaras has performed this vratham and were blessed by Lord Satyanarayanaswamy (Vishnu himself) with all they desired. The vratham has caught the fascination of millions owing to these stories within the understanding of scholars as well as laymen. All classes of people took to its performance and it is popular for its efficacy.
The origin of the vratham was narrated ad follows: once a highly educated and pious Brahmin who had no means of livelihood was wandering about from place to place being for food. Lord Vishnu had taken pity on his penury and appeared before him in the disguise of a Brahmin and advised him to perform the vratham of Lord Satyanarayanaswamy who is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He also told him the way in which the vratham was to be performed. The Brahmin thereupon got up early in the next morning and went out for alms. He could get funds enough for celebrating the vratham and did it as per the vratha directions given by Lord Vishnu. Consequenty, he was blessed by the Lord with prosperity and lived very happily with his family and attained salvation after death. A poor man who has been earning livelihood selling firewood from the forestschanced to go to that Brahmin’s house for water to quench his thirst, while the Brahmin was engaged in performing Satyanarayana swamy Vratham. He waited till the end, quenched his thirst and enquired as to what the vratham was. The Brahmin told him in detail all about it and the poor man had decided to perform the vratham himelf and to spend the next day’s earnings for the vratham. What he got the next day was enough for the vratham, which he performed with great devotion and became prosperous, happy and attained moksham.
Another legend connected with Satyanarayana Vratham mentioned in Skandapuranam was as follows: A rich Vaisya couple Sadhuvu and Leelavathi begot a dauther Kalavathi as a result of the vow taken to perform Satyanarayana Vratham. They got her married with great pomp to a worthy young man. Sadhuvu and his son-in-law flourished in business and amassed great wealth by the grace of Lord Satyanarayanaswamy. But they forgot to perform Satyanarayana Vratham. They went to Ratnasanapuram on the seashore and commenced business there to add to their wealth. But they had lost the grace of the Lord, as they did not keep up their vow of performing vratham, amidst their prosperity. One night the treasury of the local king had been looted. Sadhuvu and his son-in-law were imprisoned on suspicion, even though they were really innocent. The mother and daughter became poor and sick and were forced to beg for food from house to house. While begging for food kalavathi chanced to witness Satyanarayana Vratham in a Brahmin’s house and waited they’re to receive the Lord’s prasadam. She explained to her mother this incident as the reason for her being late in returning home. Leelavathi then remembered about the vratham and decided to perform it with no loss of time. By the Lord’s grace she got all facilities to perform it.
The lord was pleased as a result of the vratham. Sadhuvu and his son-in-law were released from prison and all their confiscated wealth was returned to them by the king at the command of the Lord in a vision. They prayed to the Lord, performed the vratham, gave large amounts in charity and started back to their original place in a boat. Satyanarayanaswamy appeared in the ship as a sanyasi and asked Sadhuvu what he had on borad. Sadhuvu retorted that it was no concern of the sanyasi to know what in the boat was and ridiculed him by saying that there was some trash. ‘Be it so’, pronounced the Lord and all the wealth in the boat wsas reduced to trash. Sadhuvu began to weep and wail and as advised by his son-in-law he fell on the feet of the sanyasi and prayed for his pardon. The sanyasi reminded him that he had once again failed to perform His puja. Realising who the sanyasi was, Sadhuvu prayved Him), got back his wealth and safely reached the shores. He sent word to this wife and daughter that they were arriving soon at the house. Leelavathi was happy to receive the news and hastened her daughter to finish Satyanarayana puja so that they could hurry up to the seashore to receive their husbands. In the hurry up to the seashore to receive their husbands. In the hurry both of them forgot to take the prasadam of Satyanarayanaswamy. The consequence was that the boat with the cargo and the son-in-law drowned in the sea. Sadhuvu was much grieved to see his only daughter preparing for sahagamana. He soon realized that Lord Satyanarayana alone could come to his relief and fervently prayed to him.
The Lord revealed that the catastrophe was the result of Kalavathi not taking His prasadam in her hurry to go to her husband. Kalavathi rushed home, took the prasadam and hurried back to the seashore. There she saw her husband Ratnakara safe on the shore. She told him all about the Lord. He was so much impressed that he prayed to the Lord and with His blessings changed into Ratnagiri hill on which the Lord took His permanent abode. It is believed that river Pampa running by the hill is none other than kalavathi, who melted with ecstasy at the grace of the Lord and her husband’s achievement and began to flow as Pampa River.

The Procedure Of The Vratham :

Before the sankalpam (inauguration) the floor is cleaned with cow-dund, a square piece of new cloth is spread over it, after decorating it with muggulu with four of five colours. Rice is spread as a layer upon the cloth and a kalasam of silver, copper, brass or clay is kept and covered with mango leaves or betel leaves and a piece of new cloth. A small image of Lord Satyanarayana swamy made prerferably with gold or silver is kept on the cloth after abhishekam in panchamruham. Afterwards, Vighneswara, Lakshmi, Parvati, Siva, Navagrahas and Ashta Dikpalakas are worshipped in order. After wards Lord Satyanarayanaswamy is invoket and worshipped. The Satyanarayana prasadam prepared with plantains, cow’s milk, cow’s ghee, ravva of wheat or sojji and sugar or jaggery is offered to the Lord as naivedyam and distributed to the friends and relatives invited for this sacred vratham .The priest who conducts the puja is given dakshina. Satyanarayana Vratha Katha (legend about the efficacy of the vratham) is recited and listened to with rapt attention by all including those gathered to witness the vratham. It is said.

        “Kathmva srunuyadyasthu pasyedwam

        Vrathamuththamam

        Thasya nasyanthi papani Satyadeva

        Prasadithaha.”

When one cannot perform the vratham, even witnessing the vratham, or listening to the story would remove the troubles and wash off the sins. The Satyanarayana Vrathams at the temple are generally commenced at 6-00a.m., and go on upto 6-00p.m. , almost every day. On festival day vrathams have to be conducted even in the night s in spite of elaborate arrangements in spacious halls for as many as 1,500 vrathams at a time. The devotees, who want to perform vratham, pay the requisite fees for the Satyanarayana Vratham, purchase the tickets and get ready for the Satyanarayana Vratham. They are allowed one by one to the rows of seats in the vratha halls where everything is kept ready. A purohit, (or pujari) comes to each seat and attends to the reciting of the sankalpam (purpose of the vratham along with the name, gotram,etc., of the performer). After wards, the purohit stands at the head of the rows and dictates to the performers the detailed process with mantras, etc., as they go on doing the worship to his instruction. Thus the vratham or puja is conducted by batches of devotees at a time. This is a somewhat interesting feature here. The fee payable for Satyanarayana Vratham is Rs.150/-. The devotees at distant places can have, it performed in absentia at a cost of Rs.300/- by sending money order or DD. Prasadam is dispatched to the latter type of devotees by post.

VRATHAM RATES AND DETAILS

Sl. No. Seva Particulars Ticket Rate PersonsAllowed Prasadams If any Place of performance
1. Sri Swamy vari Vratham 150.00 Couple / Single Person 300Gms Bhogam Prasadam Back Side of Ramalayam
2. Sri Swamy vari Vratham 300.00 Couple / Single Person 500Gms Bhogam Prasadam Radhapath surrounding
3. Sri Swamy vari special Vratham 700.00 Couple / Single Person 600Gms Bhogam Prasadam , Bangi 150gms Raja Gopuram Inside
4. Sri Swamy vari Visista Vratham 1500.00 Couple / Single Person 600Gms Bhogam Prasadam , Bangi 150gms, Kanduva, Jacket piece Sri Swami Vari Dwaja stambham
   In the Temple Complex :

–          The idol is about 13 feet high in a cylindrical form

–          Temple is on Ratnagiri hillock which itself is about 300 feet above the sea level. About 300 well – laid stone steps lead to the top of it.

–          Lord Sri Rama is considered to be the Kshetra Palaka of this holy abode of the Lord Satyadeva.

–          The temple of Sri sita rama ,as keshatra palakulu .

–          The shrines of vana durga and kanaka durga near by. Godess Vanadurga held in great venaration and devi is said to be seen even to this day in the nights going about the holy precincts perpetually guarding the lord

–          The temple of gramadevatha (Village deity – Nerellamma ) is in the village at the foot of the hill.

Adopted Temples :

–          Sri Bhuvaneswari temple ,Kovvuru, West Godavari District.

–          Sri VenuGopala Swamy Temple ,Gedhanapalli

–          Sri Malleswara Swamy Temple,Sankhavaram.

–          Sri Satyanarayana Swamy Temple,Yeleswaram.

 

SRI SWAMY VARI ANNUAL KALYANAM (BRAHMOTSAVAMS)

Formerly, the kalyanam of the Lord was being performed on Megha Suddha Ekadasi (January – February). But now -a-days it is celebrated for six days beginning from Vaisakha Suddha Ekadasi (April-May). This change seems to have been made to suit the convenience of visiting pilgrims. The programme of rituals that are observed during the

Vaisakha Suddha Dasami:

Making up Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayanaa swamy as bridegroom; Vighneswara puja, giving vayanams to muthaiduvas; in the night Rama and Sita go out into the village on silver Anjaneya Vahanam to invite devotees of the village and pilgrims from outside to witness Satyanarayana swamy’s marriage celebrations;

Vaisakha Suddha Ekadasi:

Flage hoisting; bringing mangalasuthram, procession of Lord Satyanarayana swamy on silver Garuda Vahanam and of Sri Rama and Sita on silver Gajavahanam; Kalyanamahothsavam.

Vaisakha Suddha Dwadasi:

Prathamahomam in the morning; asthanaseva in the afternoon, procession on Ravana Vahanam in the night.

Vaisakha Suddha Triodasi:

Sri Veerak Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy’s Kalyanasadasyam, Sri Rama sabhapathi, Panditasabha; mahadasirvadam; sabhasathkaram, procession on ponnavahanam in the night.

Vaisakha Suddha Chathudasi::

Lord’s Viharam in the garden on the north of Ratnagiri and return to Ratnagiri, mahanivedana; special Veena performance in the presence of the Lord; car festival at night.

Vaisakha Purnima:

Chakra teertham and nakabali etc.,

Bahula Padyami

Ugadi Pushpayagamahothsavam; conference of poets and scholars and music purty.

Ugadi               Nitya Kalyanam will be performed every day to the dieties , except on those six days. Devotees can perform ” Nitya Kalyanam “, by paying Rs 1000/- per couple

The following Sevas are available online through ‘MEE-SEVA’(A.P.Government’s portal).

VRATHAM RATES AND DETAILS

Sl. No. Seva Particulars Ticket Rate Persons Allowed Prasadams If any Place of performance
1. Sri Swamy vari Vratham 150.00 Couple / Single Person 300Gms Bhogam Prasadam Back Side of Ramalayam
2. Sri Swamy vari Vratham 300.00 Couple / Single Person 500Gms Bhogam Prasadam Radhapath surrounding
3. Sri Swamy vari special Vratham 700.00 Couple / Single Person 600Gms Bhogam Prasadam , Bangi 150gms Raja Gopuram Inside
4. Sri Swamy vari Visista Vratham 1500.00 Couple / Single Person 600Gms Bhogam Prasadam , Bangi 150gms, Kanduva, Jacket piece Sri Swami Vari Dwaja stambham
3. Sri Swamy Vari Nitya Kalyanam 1000.00 Couple / Single Person 500Gms Bhogam Prasadam , Bangi 150gms, Kanduva, Jacket piece, karpoora Dandalu Temple Beside

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