May 11, 13 Annavaram

Annavaram temple is situated on the banks of the Pamba River in the East Godavari district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.Anna translates to “what you desire”, though “varam” means boon or blessing. Therefore, the name Annavaram is a term of the faith that the deity will provide one with anything one desire. The mainly distinctive characteristic of Annavaram is the shrine to Lord Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy situated upon the Ratnagiri Hills. Festivals are famous and celebrated all over the year. Popular festivals are Kalyanam in May, Devi Navratri in September, and the Swayamvara Vardhanti of Sraavana Suddha Ekadashi Day, Srirama Kalyana, Kanakadurga Yatra, Prabha Utsavam, Teppa Utsavam and Jalatoranam. According to the puranas, the presiding divinity of the place blesses the devotees with Anina Varam wanted Boon.

Annavaram Temple

The hillock by the side of the village is considered to be much sanctified. Meruvu, the Lord of the hills, and his consort Menaka did huge penance and begat two sons by the grace of Lord Vishnu. One was named Bhadra and the other Ratnakara. Bhadra pleased Lord Vishnu with his dedication and penance and with his elegance 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 Satyanarayana Swamy, Ratnakara remaining as Ratnagiri hill. The hill top presents a panoramic vision of the surrounding fields and villages. A river water barrage with boating facility is near the main entry of the hill. This place is called Pampa Sarovara. The land is considered to belong to both Lord Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swami Temple and Goddess Anantalaxmi Satyavathi Ammavaru. The temple, situated on the hill top, is regarding four furlongs approximately a kilometer away from its bottom. It can be reached either by steps covered with canopy, via Ghat road, or trekked via a stone path.