Lord Shani & Lord Shani

Temple History

There comes a time in every persons life where they are affected by Shani Dasha (Period of Saturn). They undergo many a great hardship and it is during this time they offer prayers and do pujas to Shani to get some respite, to appease him, many pay obeisances from the effects of Shani Dasha. Though most temples have a little shrine set apart for the Navagraha or the nine planets where Shani is placed, one can also visit Shani temples which are present all over India. One such temple where people pay obeisance when they have been affected by Shani is, Sri Shaneshwara Swamy Temple, Mandapalli.

Mandapalli (Mandeswara Swamy)Saneeswaralayam is situated in Mandapalli village, Kothapet mandal of East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh.

In the days of yore, this locality was the holy ashram of the sage Dhadhichi Maharshi. This hermit Dhadhichi has done a supreme sacrifice of donating his valuable spinal cord for the mighty and powerful weapon popularly known as Vajrayudha of Lord Indra, which was employed to kill the deadly asuraas. The weapons wielded by the eight suras in the eight directions called astadikpalakas, killed innumerable ghostly demons. To avenge the death of these demons certain other demons called Aswadha and Pippale invaded the area under reference and brought about untold havoc.

At last the eminent hermit 'Agasta' living in South India obliging the prayers of the people and their King assured them of the death of these giants in the hands of 'Lord Sani' the son of the Sun God. Further they appealed Sani Deva to protect them by putting an end to these terrible monsters 'Aswadha and Pippala'. Sani made up his mind to kill the monsters for which he had to wage a war for one long year and killed them. As a mark of this glorious victory he installed an idol of 'Lord Siva' here. This instillation of Sivalinga; became necessary for atoning sins of kings that belonged to Kasyapa Dynasty.

So in obedience to the sacred advise of the Maharushis, Sani atoned the sin of Brahma hatya by installing and adoring Lord Siva.

After that Sani declared that whoever worship this Linga by offering the dear gingelli oil etc. would be blessed. He further said that he would bless such devotees obviating all evils that befall them due to the curse Satru.For this reason, Lord Eswara is popularly known as Saneswara or Mandeswara. So people offer gingelli products which are dear to Sani who is the deity here.

This Linga is said to be one of the Sapta Maharshis. There is also another version that the wives of the Saptha Maharshis installed this lingam here.

Sri Shaneshwara Swamy, who is the presiding deity, declared that whoever circumambulates (to make the rounds) the Aswattha tree will have their wishes fulfilled and will be relieved from the Shani effects. Furthermore, he declared that whoever takes a holy dip in the Aswattha pond, will have no kind of obstacles in their work.
Beside the Sri Shaneshwara Swamy shrine, there is a shrine of Parvathi Devi, which was installed and worshipped by the wives of Saptha Maharishis (seven sages). Another shrine installed by the creator, Lord Brahma had installed of Shiva Lingam is known as Mandeshwara Swamy. One more shrine which is known as
Nageshwara Swamy, has been installed by Karkotaka, one of the eight famous mythological poisonous snakes. Altogether there are five shrines in Mandapalli.


Additional Information

Ravulapalem, Amalapuram, Rajahmundry, Kakinada and Tanuku are the nearest cities to this temple. Best Hotels and lodges are available in these cities.

Abhishekams, Darshan & Other Sevas: Sunday to Friday 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM, On Saturdays 3:30 AM to 1:00 PM and Only Darshan Daily: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Ravulapalem is the nearest town to this temple. Ravulapalem Bus Complex is just 5.6 km from here. Rajahmundry Bus Stand is 37.5 km and Kakinada RTC Bus Complex is 67.3 km in distance.

Tanuku Railway station is 34.8 km and Rajahmundry Railway Station is 36.3 km from the temple.

Rajahmundry Airport (50.5 km) is the nearest airport to reach by air. Buses and private vehicles are available from these cities.
  • Sunday to Friday 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM, On Saturdays 3:30 AM to 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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