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Temple History

Sri Rajyalakshmi sametha Sri Bhavanarayana Swamy temple is situated in Sarpavaram village, Kakinada rural of East Godavari district. The temple is located at a distance of 5 Km from Kakinada.

This temple is also called "Thrilinga Kshoni Vaikunth" as there are three pratishthas in the temple complex:

1. Lord Bhavanarayana Swamy with his consort Rajyalakshmi, manifested by Saint Narada

2. Moola Bhavanarayana Swamy manifested by Anantha, a snake

3. Pathala Bhavanarayana Swamy in the form of Vishnu on the Garuda Vahana who is self-manifested.

Temple Architecture:
The temple was built with high surrounding walls, with the Gopura in the north and Simhadwara in the east. The Kalyan Mandap is in the north and the Dhvajashtambh in the east; with the Garuda Vahana and Anjaneya Swamy on both sides.

Lord Vishnu appears on the Garuda Vahana in the Paatala Bhavanarayana Swamy Temple and adjacent to it is the Maanavalla Mahamuni Sannidhi; while on the opposite side is the Lakshmi Devi Sannidhi. Just next to this is the Asthana Mandap where the Sevakas Jaya and Vijayas used to reside. There are two lakes here called Muktikaasaram and Narada Kundam.

This ancient temple has 2000 years old history and was constructed during the reign of the Chalukyas and the Cholas. The architecture of this temple is a combination of both Chalukyan and Chola styles. The temple has a large historical and architectural importance. Bhavanarayana Temples Gopuram was designed from one rock. It’s believed to be 1500 year previous, and a few of the inscriptions on the wall square measure in Telugu script that was still evolving at that point.

History:
Legend is that, the great saint Kashyapa maharshi married Kadru, to whom thousand serpents were born. Kadru asked here sons to go and embrace to tall of Uchai Srava, the white horse of Lord Indra so that the she would make Vinata the second wife of her husband, her servant maid. But they disobeyed their mother as they did not like to dupe Vinata. Kadru cursed that her sons should die in the fires lit in the serpant sacrifice to be performed by Janamejaya. Of the thousand sons of Kadru, Ananta being pious and noble, went round in search of a suitable place to do penance in honour of Lord Vishnu, by whose mercy he wanted to save himself. He found this place holy, and did his penance here. Pleased at it Lord Vishnu appeared before him and accepted him to serve as a comfortable bed for him. He declared that this holy place would ever since take its name after him as Sarpapura and that He with His spouse Lakshmi Devo would be there duly installed by the sage Narada. Thus the name Sarpapura is derived from the great serpent Ananta or Sesha.

It is said that, One day saint Narada went to Brahma, and heard in his discourse that the world was all shrouded in Lord Vishnu’s illusion and from which none could escape. Immediately, Narada asserted that he could. Thereupon Brahma admonished him for his arrogance, and asked him to get away. Narada going round the world on pilgrimage came to Sarpapura and finding a beautiful lake there, wanted to take a bath. But Lo: the moment he got a dip in it he became a damsel.Forgetting the past, and being then a lady, she was looking for a mate. At that time, Nakunda, the young prince of Pithapuram came there for hunting. The lady and the prince fell in love with each other. He married her and took her to Pithapuram. There in course of time she gave birth to sixty sons named Prabhava, Vibhava, etc., (Telugu years names) who grew up and became famous heroes.
Later on, another King Ripunjaya invaded Pithapuram and the battle that ensued, all the sons of the lady with her husband died. As the conqueror was marching victorious towards that place, the lady hearing the tragic news was with grief and wanted to end her life. The Lord Vishnu appeared before her in the form of holy Brahmin, and hearing her tale of woe asked her to take a bath in the lake. She had a dip and this time she became Narada again. Then, Narada could know this all. He prayed to Vishnu to forgive him. The Lord then declared ” Let this lake be known as “Mukti – Kasara” the lake of Salvation I command that all holy places in all the three worlds should stay on here.

Those who take their bath here will wipe of all their sins of all months, Karthika Margasira and Magha, and of all days Saturday and Sunday are most auspicious for the bath. I shall remain her along with my consort Lakshmi. Please install me in with all Vedic rites”. Saint Narada installed the Lord here. He has come to be known as “Bhavanarayana” meaning thereby the God that bestows salvation on those that think of his at least thought they may not go there in all flesh and blood. Then all the saints including the Gods Brahma and Siva came there and sang in praise of the Lord Bhavanarayana who declared as follows:
"I shall always remain here with Lakshmi, Neela and Bhudevi" Of the hundred and eighty holy places, of my worship on the Earth, this is the best. Those who reside in places then miles around this place are all my devotees. One who stays here for three days will reap the good of a hundred horse – sacrifices.

This in brief, is the significance of Sarpa Pura. It has been acclaimed as the best ‘Punya Kshetra’ Saints like Agastya and Vyasa visited this places. The Rajas and Maharajas of Pithapuram rendered worship to the deity by spending lavishly on the sacred festivities of the Temple. Today, this place is considered as one of the hundred and eighty 'Punya Kshetra' (holy places) on earth.

Festivals:
Temple festival is celebrated on all 4 Sundays of Magha Masa every year since Lord Bhavanarayana swamy self-manifested himself in this temple in Magha Masa. Kalyana Mahostavam of Swamy is celebrated on Vishakha Shudda Ekadasi every year.
Special Archanas are being offered to Lord Bhavanarayanaswamy in Dhanurmasa.

Ugadi, Vaisakha Sudha Ekadasi, Jyestha Sudha Ekadasi, Karthika Pournami, Ekadasi,
Magha Masam Sundays, Radha Sapthami and other hindu festivals are grandly celebrated here. Uttara Dwara darshanam is on Vaikunta Ekadashi. Huge crowd of devotees from the surrounding cities will participate on these occasions.

 

Additional Information

Temple board have a complex for the accommodation of devotees near the temple a nominal price range. AC and Non Ac rooms are available. Hall is there for the marriages.

Best Budget Hotels, Delux Hotels and 3 Star Hotels are available at Kakinada city which is just 5Km away from the temple.

Kakinada city is well connected by road and railways with all the major cities of India. Buses, Autos and Taxis are available from the bus and railway stations.

Sarparavaram temple is in between Samarlakota and Kakinada city. Kakinada RTC Complex is 6.4 kms and Samalkota city is 10 kms from the temple. APSRTC Buses runs between Samarlakota and Kakinada cities.

Kakinada Town railway station is 6 kms and Kakinada Port railway station is 7.8 kms from the temple. Samarlakota Junction railway station is 9.6 kms. Express trains are available from these stations. Sarpavaram Railway Station is 2.5 kms, but only passenger trains stops at this station.

Rajahmundry Airport (RJA) is the nearest airport 58 kms to Sarpavaram Temple.
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