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Located in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, Annavaram is a small hamlet on the banks of river Pampa. It is famous for its shrine of Lord Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy, a form of the Hindu deity- Lord Vishnu, and is flocked by tourists throughout the year. The land belongs to both Satyanarayana Swamy and the Goddess Ananta Lakshmi Satyavathi Devi.The devotees come here to perform the special ritual of Satyanarayana Vratam to please Lord Vishnu. The prayer is mostly performed before housewarming ceremonies and wedding functions.
The temple situated on the top of the Ratnagiri hills is almost an entire kilometre away from its base. It can either be reached by the steps on the Ghat Road or trekked vis stone path. Well connected by rail and road, Annavaram is a spiritual site you should visit if you want to be at peace.
This sacred pilgrim centre is thronged by lakhs of devotees every month, most of them who come to perform the special prayer (vrata), so as to please the lord they have come to worship. At a distance of 142 kilometers from the capital city of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, on the hill top of Ratnagiri is the temple village of Annavaram. The presiding deity of Annavaram is Veeravenkata Satyanarayana Swamy, a variation of the well known Hindu deity Vishnu, who, as the Puranas said, blessed the lord of the mountains, Meruvu and his consort Menaka with two sons following which the sons became sacred places for Lord Vishnu. Ratnagiri hill is the son Ratnakara while the hill Bhadrachalam is the son named Bhadra.
A beautiful confluence of nature and spiritualism.
Can be crowded as it is visited by lakhs of devotees. Only vegetarian food is available and allowed. Alcohol is strictly prohibited.
This place should be visited by people for the Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy Temple. Also worth visiting for weekend based tourists from places like Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam etc.
Being a tranquil pilgrim hotspot in Andhra Pradesh, Annavaram is connected well to the rest of India by both railways and roadways. The only drawback to Annavaram is the absence of an airport. The ... (Read More)
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