Antarvedi, an abode of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple is one of the prominent temples among Nava Narasimha temples. Tens of thousands of devotees from across Telugu states make a beeline to this locale to seek blessings from Lord Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy. Today, the calendar strikes Magha Sudha Ekadashi celebrates the celestial wedding of Lord Sri Narasimha Swamy and his consort Lakshmi. Here is a complete guide to know everything about Antarvedi Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple before you visit the temple.
Antarvedi Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple
Nestled on the banks of the river Godavari and Bay of Bengal, Lord Vishnu is blessing the devotees in the incarnation of Lord Sri Narasimha Swamy. Located in Antarvedi village, Sakinetipalli Mandal of East Godavari, Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple is one of the most visited temples in Andhra Pradesh. The temple constructed between the 15th and 16th century. As per the inscription, the temple was rebuilt by Koppanathi Krishnamma of Agnikula Kshatriya. The architecture of the temple fascinates with a five-storey Vimana gopuram which homes myriads of Hindu god temples. Once we enter the temple premises one can catch a glimpse of Lord Garuda, Anjaneya Swamy idols and goddess Rajaya Lakshmi.
As per Hindu mythology, Raktavilochana, son of demon king Hiranyaksha performed penance for Lord Shiva, one of the trinity deities. After pleased with his penance, Lord Shiva appeared before him and gave a boon to Ratkavilochana. As per the boon, each blood drop of Rakthavilochana which fell on the earth will create a new Raktavilochana. Later, Rakthavilochana creating a ruckus by troubling sages and people. As per legend, to take revenge on Sage Vasista, Sage Viswamitra turned his attention to Sage Vashita’s 100 sons and he killed them.
Later, Sage Viswamitra performed penance for god Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy. During the ferocious battle between Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy and Rakthavilochana, demon Rakthavilochana became double after his blood drops fell on the ground as per Lord Shiva boon. After came to known about Lord Shiva’s boon, Lord Narasimha created Maya Shakthi and asked her to see demon’s blood should not touch on the ground by stretching her tongue covering the entire earth. Maya Shakthi rode a horse and therefore she is called Ashwarudamba or Gurralakka. Later, Lord Narasimha Swamy killed the demon Rakthavilochan and created a pool to wash his hand which called Chakra Theertham.
One can pay a visit to Arundathi Ashramam which is just a few stones away from Lord Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy temple. The environ of this locale takes everyone into a trance of divinity and devotees and devotees believe that a visit to this temple will fulfil their desires. One can offer prayers to Saptarshis at this temple. A visit to Goshala nearby this temple renders immense peace to the visitors.
Ashwarudambika locally known as Guraralakka is located in the heart of Antardedi. On the day of the chariot procession, the temple authorities will take the Lord Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy idols to the Gurralakka temple and offer silk clothes to her. Later, the chariot will return to the main temple and will mark the end of the Rathothsavam.
Anna Chelli Gattu:
It is one of the most visited spots in Antarvedi where the mighty river Godavari confluences with the Bay of Bengal. Tens of thousands of visitors flocks to this locale to enjoy the beauty of mother nature. One can also capture a lighthouse nearby this locale.
- Kalyanamohasthavams Magh sudda Sapthami to Magha Bhhula Payamis
- Rathayatra Magha Sudha Ekadasi
- Sri Swamy Vari Kalyanam (Magha Sudda Dasami)
- Sri Venkateswara Swamy kalyanam, Jasta Sudha Ekadasi.
- Sri Narasimha Jayanthi (Vysakha Sudha Chaturdasi)
How to reach
Railway Station: Narasapuram is the nearest railway station to the temple.
Bus Stand: Razole is the nearest bus stand and many main buses are connecting this bus station.
Airport: Rajahmundry is the nearest airport to reach the temple and from RJY one can reach Razole or Amalapura to take connecting buses.
TTD choultry available and guest houses are also available.
A trip to this pious destination will render blissful moments to the devotees.