popular esteem temples and Tirthas that are famous for their holy antiquity are reckoned
as manifesting the divine far more in abundance than places of recent origin. Yet the
grace of the Lord is an ever-flowing one, and its strength cannot be tested merely by the
age of temple.
Just like any other institution, a
temple also appears to have a cycle of its own. There are temples which have a very hoary
tradition, and which have sunk into oblivion, whereas many comparatively recent temples
have assumed holy and sacred importance.
The Annavaram temple is an instance of the latter kind, and is
an example of a temple, which is not ancient, and which is at the same time very powerful
in its influence.
The temple is of recent origin. There is no Sthala mahatmyam
for the temple. There are also no worthwhile epigraphic records in the temple. In short,
there is nothing particular to mention about the temple.
All the same the temple is a famous one in Andhra and attracts
pilgrims in very large numbers since the Lord here is a powerful one.