Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy
Kethavaram Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple is situated near the hill beside Krishna river at Kethavaram village, Guntur District. This temple is 1000-2000 years old. Presiding deity in the temple is a swayambumurthi.
Kethavaram was named after the King Ketha Varma who ruled this region. Kethavaram is also called as Kaataaram or Kethaaram in the scriptures.
Once, during the reign of KethaVarma, the Lord appeared in the dream of a Yadava King who ruled a nearby land and told him about His(Lord’s) presence in the hill of Kethavaram. The Yadava King immediately conveyed this message to King Ketha Varma, who conducted an extensive search in the hill and finally discovered the Swayambhu Moorthy of Lord sriNarasimha.
Kethavarma constructed a temple at the place and arranged for NityaPooja. Festivals began to be celebrated at a grand splendour. Lord Narasimha graces the devotees with Mother Mahalakshmi. There is also a shrine for Sri Anjaneya in this temple.
Vajralaya – While digging the land here for a tank, one worker was hit by a stone and it began bleeding. Testing the rock, it turned to be a diamond rock. Further digging brought out some idols also. Hence, Lord Narasimha is praised as Vajralaya., vajram meaning diamond.
Sri Narasimha Swamy at Kethavaram is a Swayambhu Moorthy (self-manifested deity). The Mother Goddess is Chenchu Lakshmi. There seems to be 2 temples here. One is at the foot of the hill and the other is at the hill top. There are 600 steps to reach the hill temple.
As the space at the hill top was not adequate for building a temple, it was built at the foothill. Festivals began to be celebrated. Lord Narasimha graces the devotees with Mother Mahalakshmi. There is also a shrine for Sri Anjaneya in the temple.
As the temple is situated in a dense jungle area, the temple at the foot hill temple is open during the visit of devotees.
Sri Narasimha Jayanthi is grandly celebrated in the temple. Radostavam on Chaitra Shudha Pournami, Kalyanotsavam (Hill top Temple) on Chaitra Shudha Triodashi, Kalyanotsavam (Down Temple) on Chaitra Shudha Chaturdashi are the major festivals here.
This temple is near to Bellamkonda(23.2 km), Nageswara Puram Thanda(18 km), Sattenapalle(43 km) and Piduguralla(32.1 km). APSRTC and private transport is available from these towns.
Piduguralla is the nearest railway station to reach by train and Gannavaram Vijayawada is the nearest Airport.
- As the temple is situated in a dense jungle area, foot hill temple only is open during the visit of the devotees.
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