‘Om Namah Shivai’ Amaravati temple constitutes one of the 5 Pancharama temples of Andhra Pradesh dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The other four of Pancharama temples are Kumararama, Ksheerarama and Bheemarama and Draksharama.
Lord Shiva is also known as Amareswara Swamy or Amaralingeswara Swamy and consort of Lord Amareswara Swamy is Bala Chamundika.The Sivalinga at this place is installed and established by Lord Indra and situated on the southern bank of Krishna River.
This ancient temple is dedicated to Shiva and enshrines a 15 feet high white marble Linga, surrounded by massive walls with towers.Vasireddy Venkatadri Naidu, King of Chintapalli and later Dharanikota, was a great devotee of Amaralingeswara. He expanded and renovated the temple.
Amaravathi Temple exhibits the Dravidian style of architecture, built on a small hammock, known as Krouncha Shaila. There are four gopurams encircling the shrine along with a Vimana, all built in the Dravidian way. The walls of the temple are adorned with inscriptions, which are similar to that of the Kota chiefs of Amaravathi and Sri Krishnadevraya, monarch of the Vijayanagara Empire.The inscription on the Mukhamantapa pillar was inscribed by the wife of Proli Nayudu, the then minister of the Kota king, Ketaraja.
While the first circle houses the temples of Mahishasura Mardini, Veerabhadraswamy, Omkareswara Swamy, Guru Dattareya, and Agasteswara Swamy, the second circle contains the temples of Vinayaka, Kalabhairava, Anjaneya, Nagendraswamy, Kumaraswamy along with the statue of Lord Krishna under a tree. The third circle is a bit above the second circle and comes with the temples of Kasi Viswanatha, Mallikarjuna, Pushpadanteswara Swamy and Kalahasthiswara. At the heart of these three circles is located the deity of Amaralingeswara Swamy.
Amaravathi Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple Timings
the day starts early at the Amaravathi Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple.
- The temple opens at 6 am in the morning and remains open till 1 pm.
- The temple is again opened for visitors at 4 pm and remains open till 8.30 pm.
- The temple is closed between 1PM and 4PM everyday.
Festivals celebrated at Amaravathi Temple
The Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple is crowded with devotees during different festivals and it is one of the best times to experience the true Lord Shiva rituals.
- Maha Shivaratri is the major festival of the Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple. Celebrated during the Hindu month of Magha Bahula Dasami (which is generally the month of March), during this festival devotees bathe the Shiva Lingum with milk on all the four phases of the day.
- Navaratri is also celebrated with great pomp and show at the temple, during the Hindu month of Ashwin (September- October)
- Janmastami, the celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna is also celebrated at the temple. This festival generally takes place during the month of Bhadon (July or August)and river krishna is created by lord krishna.
Near by Temples
Bala Chamundeswary mata :This temple is present in the hall of Amaralingeswara swamy, facing towards south. She is the shakti of Amaralingeswara swamy.
Venugopala Swamy :Venu Gopala swamy temple is present in inner circle of main temple. We should visit this temple to get complete results of Amaralingeswar swamy darshan.
Sai Baba temple :This a new temple built on the bank of Krisha river. A big idol of Lord Hanuman in Dhyanrupa is an attraction of this temple.
Lalitha peetham :This temple is present beside Saibaba temple.
Srirama temple :This temple is present in the center of Amaravathi town.
Buddha stupa :This is world famous Buddha stupam. Lord Buddha’s dhatu was found here. Here we can see a very big stupa in demolished stage. This place is under the control of Archeological department. According to Buddhists Lord Buddha taught Kalachakra Tantra here to a King in the form of Kala purusha. Kalachakra festival was also conducted here by 14th Dalai Lama, his holiness. We can see large size bricks which are used to construct that stupa. This is a sacred place for Buddhists and so many Buddhists are coming from all over the world to see this place.Buddha stupa is present nearer to Busstand. Now Lord Budha dhathu is kept in Hyderabad museum.
Buddha statue :This is a very big statue of Lord Buddha present in Dhanyakatakam village of Amaravati town. We can see this statue from out side Amaravati too. Construction of this statue was started under Buddha project when Kalachakra festival was conducted in Amaravathi (2005).
Amaravathi museum :This museum is present beside Buddha sthupa. We can see historical importance of Amaravthi here. There are so many beautiful sculptures present in Amaravathi museum. We can see pots and vessels used in previous days. All the articles found in excavation of Buddha stupa are kept in this museum. A large Ox idol was found in Amaralingeswara swamy temple campus excavations. This is a very beautiful white colored marble stone idol and kept as center of attraction in Amaravathi museum.