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Konaseema Temples

The Pancharama Kshetras or the Pancharamas) are five ancient Hindu temples of Lord Shiva situated in Andhra Pradesh. Pancha means five and Arama means peace of mind. Four of these temples are located in Godavari districts and the fifth one in Guntur district.

The Sivalingas at these temples are made from a single Sivalinga. As per the legend, this Sivalinga was owned by the Rakshasa King Tarakasura. No one could win over him due to the power of this Sivalinga. In the war between deities and Taraka, Kumara Swamy and Taraka came face to face. Kumara Swamy used his Sakthi aayudha to torn Taraka into pieces. But to the astonishment of all, the pieces reunite to give rise to Taraka.

When Lord Kumara Swamy was confused, Lord Sriman Narayana appeared and told that till he breaks the Shivalinga, he can not kill the Asura. Lord Vishnu also said that after breaking, the shiva lingham also will try to unite. To prevent this uniting, all the pieces should be fixed in the place where they fall by worshipping and building temples on them.

By taking the word of Lord Vishnu, Lord Kumara Swamy used his Aagneasthra (weapon of fire) to break the Shiva lingham worn by Taraka. The Shiva lingham broke into five pieces and was trying to unite by making Omkara nada (Chanting Om). Different deities built temples at different places and the pieces stopped their movement and these five locations are called panchrama kshetras.

The area offers several religious destinations, some of them having a grand Dravidian style of architecture!

Some of the famous temples with-in driving distance in Godavari district are :

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Penogonda (30 kms)

Location for VasaviKanyakaParameswari temple and Nagareswaraswamy temple with unique feature of two Nandi statues.
 

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Natta  Rameswaram (38 kms)

The Shiva Lingam is made of shells and conches.
 

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PedaAmiram Jain Temple (38 kms)

Is the temple dedicated to first TheerthankaraShriAdinath and was reputed to be around 2000 years old.
 

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Antharvedi (35 kms)

The Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple, supposed to be constructed during 5th century (Pallava dynasty) is located at the point Vashista joins the Bay of Bengal. Reputed as the second Varanasi, the most famous period is the Narasimha Swamy Chariot procession in January and dolepournami in March.
 

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Aynavelli (65 kms)

Siddhi Vinayaka temple is situated amid a cluster of coconut trees. The temple has great historical value.
 

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Ryali (60 kms)

The 5 feet exquisite black stone statue of Lord Jaganmohini Kesawaswamy has male image of Maha Vishnu in front and female image of Mohini in the back. It is an enchanting place situated between the rivers Vashista and Gautami, the tributaries of river Godavari. It is attributed that the waters of Ganga flow from the feet of the statue, it is referred to as "SWAYAMBHU" and devotees believe that the shrine is not man made but a creation of the Lord himself.
 

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Appanapalli ( kms)

The temple of Lord Bala Balaji, is reputed as second Tirupathi of Konaseema. Situated on holy banks of river Vynateya, the temple is named after a sage "Appana". The Brahmin agraharams of the location are highly reputed for Vedic recitations and performing sacrifices as ordained in the scriptures. The Brahmotsavam festival is celebrated with great devotion from Jyesta Sudda Dasami to Jyesta Sudda Chaturdasi.
 

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Biccavole ( kms)

The popular Shiva temple is reputed to be built during Eastern Chalukyas between 9th-10th centuries.