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Temples & Legends of Andhra Pradesh
Index of Andhra Pradesh

Kulapati's Preface

Author - Shri. N . Ramesan On Temples
Srisailam

Ahobalam

Alampur Lepakshi
Tadpatri Mahanandi
Tirupati Kalahasti
Chezerla

Amaravati

Mangalagiri Vijayawada
Akiripalli Draksharama
Kotipalli Annavaram
Simhachalam Arasavalli
Srikurmam Bhadrachalam
Yadagiri Vemulavada
Dharmapuri
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ANNAVARAM

The hill on which the temple is built is called Ratnagiri, and the small river that encircles the hill is called Pampa after the famous lake of the Ramayana.

A mahatmya of the temple was written in recent times by a great Telugu poet, and e referred to this Pampa river as Viraja of Goloka who Melted in her ecstasy of faith, and took the shape of this rivulet to remain eternally in the presence of the Lord, and dedicated herself to the services of the Lord by ever washing his feet with her holy waters.

There is an interesting and popular legend about the discovery of the main idol of the Lord. The legend goes that the Lord revealed himself in a dream, where he told the local people that his vigraha was left abandoned on the hill without worship and that the local people must trace it and reconsecrates it.

Thereupon, all the local residents and the then zamindars searched and discovered the idol at the foot of a tree. The worship was performed and the idol was installed a little higher at the present spot. The holy ground where Sri Ramalaya now covers the tree under which the idol of the Lord was discovered a little to the north east of the main Temple.

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