Goddess Durga

Temple History

Sri Pydithalli Ammavaru Temple is located in Vizianagarm. The origin of the Sri Pydithalli Ammavaru temple is associated with the royal family of Vizianagaram.

Chandurugudi and Vanamgudi are the two temples dedicated to Sri Pydithalli Ammavaru. Vanamgudi is situated opposite to the railway station and Chadurugudi is 2.3 km from the Vanamgudi.

This 18th century temple, legend says, houses the goddess Pydimamba who belonged to the Gajapati Dynasty and was the sister of king Vijaya Rama Raju. In 1756, the king of Vizianagaram faced a constant rivalry with the king of Bobbili. With the the help of French army, led by General De Bussy, Vijaya Rama Raju set out to invade on Bobbili which led to the "Bobbili Battle" on 23rd January 1757. Many Bobbili soldiers were killed and the Bobbili fort was almost destroyed. The wife of king Vijaya Rama Raju and his sister, who was suffering from Masuchi (a disease), tried to convince him to avoid war. His sister, Pydimamba, was performing a pooja while she came to know that his brother was in trouble. She enquired about his whereabouts and tried to convey a message to him through a soldier named Patiwada Appala Naidu. On Vijaya Dasami (a famous Hindu festival), she got the news that Tandra Papa Rayudu killed Vijaya Rama Raju. On listening to that she fainted and fell ill. She told that she could not live anymore and her soul would join goddess Durga. Soon after, she passed away and the next Tuesday, villagers found an idol of her at the western part of Pedda Cheruvu (lake), where the temple is constructed. Also, her statue is erected near the lake.

SIRIMANU UTHSAVAM is a festival organized to propitiate Goddess Pyddithallamma of Vizianagram Town and is participated by the lakhs of devotees from Andhra region, Chhattisgarh, and Orissa. The event will start with the rituals performed by the temple ancestors of Raja Poosapati family members of Vizianagaram Samsthan. Every year on the first Tuesday passing Vijayadasami Sirimanu Utsav is being celebrated. Sirimanu means a big tree. It is known that before 15 days of Sirimanu Utsav goddess Pydimamba will come in the dream of temple Pujari and tell him where the Sirimanu for this year is located. Pujari will go in search of sirimanu and will cut the sirimanu with performing puja etc. That sirimanu can be located any where. The owner must agree to cut his tree for Utsav. That tree will be shaped neatly in to Sirimanu and will be placed over the chariot. This sirimanu will be brought to 3 Lanters junction around 2 PM in the afternoon. At around temple Pujari will make darshan of Goddess and will sit on the Sirimanu chariot. This sirimanu will move 3 times to Vizianagaram fort and temple between 3 PM to 4 PM. The Vizianagaram rajahs will sit on the top of the fort and watch the Utsav. Pujari will be given new clothes by Rajas and puja is performed. In front of Srimanu there will be a chariot in the shape of White elephant.

As per history when Goddess statue will be found in west side of pedda cheruvu Patiwda Appalanaidu has tried to bring the statue out by calling professional swimmers of Yata Veedhi. They agreed to bring the statue out with out taking money on putting a condition that their people will participate with srimanu utasav with umbrella made of fishing nets. Patiwada Appalanaidu agreed to their condition and made the rajas convinced for allowing them to participate in Sirimanu Utsav.


Additional Information

Vijayanagaram city has best hotel and lodging options for the accommodation of the visiting devotees.

Distribution of free prasadam and Nitya Annadanam are providing every day.

Vijayanagaram city is well connected by road and rail with all the major cities of Andhra Pradesh.

Vizianagaram APSRTC Complex is just 550 mtrs from the temple and Vizianagaram City Bus Stand is 2.4 km.

Vizianagaram Railway station is opposite to the temple. Just 100 mtrs walk from the station.

Visakhapatnam International Airport is the nearest airport which is 53 km from here.
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