Goddess Nookambika Devi

Temple History

Sri Sri Nookambika Ammavari Temple or Sri Nookallamma Ammavaari Devasthanamu, is a temple located in Gavarapalem in the municipality of Anakapalle near Vishakapatnam. The temple houses the goddess Nookambika. Sri Nookambica Ammavaru is one of the Nine Shakti forms and popularly known as Sri Anagha Devi in ancient days. After some years in the era of Kakatiya kings, the temple was renovated and the same goddess was worshiped with the name “SRI KAKATAMBA”. She would later be called Nookambika or Nookalamma. Daily Pujas and Deeparadhanas are performed here. As the kings lost their dynasties the daily pujas and other rituals were interrupted and slowly the temple again lost its previous glory. This town i.e., Anakapalli is named after Anagha devi. Approximately 450 years ago, in late 1611 AD, the Arcot Nawab appointed Sri Kakarlapudi Appalaraju as Diwan for the Anakapalli area. He renovated the temple and brought back past glory and the local goddess as Sri Nookambika Ammavaru.

It is believed that the creator of this whole universe was Sri Shakti Ammavaru and it took place in the time period from Palguna Bahula Amavasya (the new moon day) to April(new moon day). This period will be treated as the holy period any many rituals and pujas will be performed to Sri Nookambica Ammavaru here. Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday are considered auspicious days for performing puja to Sri Nookambika Ammavaru.

The Jatara festival is the temple fair starts on “Kotha Amavasya” the eve of the Telugu new year day and it continues for a period of one month. The jatara festival will be celebrated in the month of March or April every year. According to Telugu New years day (Ugadi). On the last day of the festival they celebrate a festival known as “Nela pandaga”. People from other countries such as Malaysia and Singapore also visit the temple in the large number to have the Darshan and blessings of the deity. Devotees visit the temple in large groups for nearly two to three months starting from the Kothamavasya day.

Other festivals like Vinayakachavithi , Sri Devi navaratrulu will be celebrated. Special poojas will be offered during the days of “Devinavaratrulu”. Mahalakshmi dharma pooja will be performed a day before Diwali, and Diwali is performed in a grand manner.On “Makara Sankranti” special poojas will be performed and poor feeding will take place after the poojas. The deity will be decorated every day as usual and on the auspicious days floral decoration takes place.


Additional Information

Temple board is maintaining the rooms for the devotees accommodation at a nominal prices. Temple board provides free meals in the Noon every day to the devotees of Sri Ammavaru coming to visit this sacred place from all parts of the country.
Private hotels and lodges are also there in Anakapalle city. Devotees can also stay at Vishakapatnam City.

Anakapalle RTC Bus Station is just 1.5 km from the temple and Anakapalle railway station is 1.9 km from the temple. Many Autos and private vehicles are available from the bus stand and railway stations.
Visakhapatnam Airport is the nearest airport which is 29.1 km from the temple.
  • Morning 5:30 AM To 12:00 AM & Evening 4:00 PM To 8:00 PM
  • Contact Person: Temple Office
  • Contact Number: 08924 226823, 226824