Goddess Chengalamma

Temple History

A popular temple on the shores of the Bay of Bengal located in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh, Goddess Parvathi is in the form of Chengalamma blessing its devotees.

Goddess Chengalamma Parameswari manifested herself in the village of Sullurpeta on the Kolkata-Chennai highway and the temple for her was built on the bank of the Kanlangi river.
History tells us that it was established during the fourth and fifth centuries. People also refer to her as the village goddess “Tenkali”. With the passage of time, she is being worshiped regularly by devotees as Chengalamma. Devotees turn up in large number to witness “Chengalamma Jatara” (fair)

The Village goddess who was called Tankali gained reputation as Sullurpeta Chengalamma Thalli and her idol in the temple faces the sea. Devotees from different parts of the State visit the place and fulfil their vows, referring the goddess as the mother who grants boons liberally. The naturally-formed image of the goddess adorning the hanging roots (vooda) of the banyan tree is really an awe-inspiring spectacle.

Legend goes that chengalamma idol was found in the near by river by few boys who were swimming and they brought it to the current location. Periodically there will be celebrations called tirunallu. During this time, thousands of people from surrounding villages take part. During these 'tirunallu',during one day a goat will be tied one end of the pole and will be circled in the air in front of the temple. This process is called "sullu", hence the name Sullurpeta. In addition to the 'sullu', there is also 'teppotsavam' where the idol of Sri Chengalamma will be carried on a "teppa", a boat, in the Kalangi river, which flows near the temple. Tirunallu also involve Mahishasura mardini and fireworks.


Additional Information

Friday and Sundays are the special days, more devotees come and worship the chengalamma on these days.

Any bus towards Chennai goes through sullurpeta, vice versa the buses towards Vijawada, Nellore will go through sullurpeta. It is middle of Chennai and Nellore , we can find buses all most all locations.
Sullurupeta Railway Station is just 1 km from the temple. Few super fast trains like charminar, hyderabad, pinakini, jumbuthavi trains have stage in sullurpeta. Gudur railway junction is 58 km.
Tirupati is the nearest Airport.
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