Lord Vishnu & Lord Shiva

Temple History

Sri Jaganmohini Kesava Venugopala Swamy famous temple is situated in Ryali village of East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh besides the Godavari river. A swayambhu temple. Ryali village is 34 kms from Rajahmundry and Tanuku cities.

Ryali temple is dedicated to Sri Jaganmohini an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. A unique feature of the Sri Jaganmohini Kesava Swamy Varu Temple is the idol of the reigning deity which is five feet tall and three feet wide. It has been carved beautifully out of a single black saligrama stone that depicts Keshava Swamy on the front while the back of the stone portrays Jaganmohini, a stunningly attractive woman. Opposite the Sri Jaganmohini Kesava Swamy Varu, is the temple of Lord Shiva in the form of Sri Umakamandaleswaraswami. Lord Brahma created a lingam and performed abhishekam (sacred rites) with water from his kamandalam. Since then, Lord Shiva is worshipped here as Sri Umakamandaleswaraswami.

The most miracle and rare feature is that, Ganga always flows from the feet of Sri Maha Vishnu is the origin of Akasa Ganga and this truth can be witnessed here. This water is distributed as theertham to the devotees.

According to the legend “Bhagavatam” while Devatas and Rakshas were quarrelling over sharing of holy Devine nectar “Sree Maha Vishnu” came to the rescue of Devatas in the guise of Mohini and convinced both the rivalry groups promising to distribute holy Devine nectar in equal share to Devatas and Rakshas. But in the interest of universal peace and welfare of sages, holy and Devine nectar was distributed among Devatas alone and the Mohini disappeared.

Lord Siva having seen the most fascinating beauty of Mohini allured her. He chased her for getting for a while the presence of his consort Parvathi Devi it is the general belief that the holy incident was the result of birth of “AYYAPPA SWAMY”. One flower from the plait of Mohini fell down and it was smelt by Lord Siva. Then he surprisingly found “Sree Maha Vishnu” in the form of Mohini and felt shy for his behavior. The place where the flower from the plait of Mohini fell is named as RYALI the Telugu meaning of “Fall”.

This place known as Ryali for the above reason became above of Lord Siva and Sree Mahavishnu with the form of Mohini on back side Lord Brahma consecrated the Siva Lingam with his Kamandalam and hence Lord Siva at Ryali is worshipped as Sri Uma Kamandalesara Swamy Varu, Sri Mahavishnu with the form of Mohini on backside is worshipped as Sri Jaganmohini Kesava Swamy varu both Siva and Vishnu Temples are located facing each other. This is very rare feature at Ryali where Vishnu and Lord Siva Temples faces each other in East, West direction.

During 11th Century, this village was a part of wild Forest and these parts were under the rule of Chola Rajas. Sri Raja Vikrama Deva who ruling these parts during those days came to this place for hunting. Having been tired after hunting wild animals, he took rest under the shade of a big ponna tree, and fell in deep sleep and got a dream. Lord Sri Maha Vishnu appeared in his dream and informed that his shrine was located in the under ground of this area and directed the “Raja to get the wooden made chariot pull in the area and where the nail of chariot fell, the shrine can be found in the under ground of that place. Raja has done accordingly and the land where the nail of chariot fell was excaved and found the idol making the dream of Raja true. He constructed a small temple during 11th Century and arranged worship during his regime. Gradually prakarams were developed in the year 1936 (Data nama Samvatsara) it was renovated.The Shrine of Sri jaganmohini kesava Swamy varu is Salagrama Ekasila with 5 feet height and 3 feet width.

Sri Jaganmohini Kesava Swamy Kalyanam, Sri Rama Satyanarayana Swamy kalyanam and Sri Venugopala Swamy kalyanam are celebrated grandly here. Devi navaratris and other Hindu festivals are also celebrated here.


Additional Information

Nityannadanam is available in temple complex maintained by the temple trust board. Best accommodation options are available at Rajahmundy city.

Rajahmundry Morampudi bus station is 32 kms from here. APSRTC buses are available from Rajahmundry, Tanuku and Athreyapuram cities.

Rajahmundry Railway Station is 28.5 kms from the Ryally village which is connected to major cities of India. Tanuku Railway Station is 34 kms.

Vijayawada Airport is 147 kms from here.
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