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The city of Nellore is an urban aggregation as well as a municipal corporation of the Nellore District of Andhra Pradesh. Nellore is also the headquarters of Potti Sri Ramulu Nellore District. Located at the banks of Pennar River, the city lies 453 km south-east of the state capital, Hyderabad.

The surrounding districts of the city include Prakasam in the north, Kadapa in the west and Chittoor in the south. The Bay of Bengal runs past the eastern periphery of Nellore. The city as well as its nearby places like Gudur and Kavali is also highly populated. Krishna Patnam Port, one of South Asia’s biggest ports lies 25 km from Nellore at Krishnapatnam.

Nellore was anciently known as Vikrama Simhapuri and the present name of the city has been derived from the Tamil word ‘neil’, which means rice, complementing its rice farming. It has played an important role in the emergence of the Telugu Language as well as in the formation of Andhra Pradesh.

Places to Visit in Godavari Districts

The Sri Laxmi Janardhana Swamy temple is situated on the hill top in Dhavaleswaram. One temple of Lord Shiva is situated just beside the hill and another temple is situated just beside the river Godawari near pushkara ghat. On the main road there is Ramalayam Temple. There is Ankallamma and Muthyallamma temple in the middle nearer to shiva temple. The Radhotsavam chariot festival in English in shiva temple is very famous in East Godavari district, thousands of people attend to this ritual and have darshan or glimpse of lord shiva. This event falls on Bhishma-ekadashi day.

This Radham is very big. Millions of people take holy bath during godavari pushkaras at the two main ghats. One is near to Lord shiva temple. Sri Rama Padalu, foot prints of ram are there near another ghat situated near the godavari. So that the ghat is named as "Ramapadala Revu". One more temple at the starting (coming from Rajahmundry to Dowlaiswaram) of the village 'Shri Shirdi Saibaba Mandir' is also well known in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

The very famous Pancharama Shri Kumararama Bheemeshwara Swamy temple is situated in Samalkot. The temple is just beside the railway station. So no transportation is needed for people travelling by rail to reach the temple. This temple is dedicted to Lord Shiva (Adhi Devudu). This was known as Purva Chalukya Bhimavaram because the Eastern Chalukyans ruled this place. Now, a canal of Godavari river flows between Bhimavaram and Samalkot. The temple was built by Chalukya Kumara rama (son of Vikramaditya) during the end of 9th century. He got this temple constructed to register his victories in more than 300 wars.

The temple premesis almost resemblance the other Pancharama temple at Draksharama which is also called Bhimeswara Alayam. There are carvings of Apsaras on pillars in the temple. A mantapam supported with one hundred pillars can be seen. Eka Shila Nandi is kept at the temple entrance opposite to Shiva lingam. Darshan of Shiva lingam is at the first floor. Steps are available at both the side. Goddess Shri Bala Thripura Sundari (Tripura Sundari) statue can be seen at temple premesis. To the East side, there is a mantap called Koneti. Pushkarni (Pushkarini) lake can be seen here. The main entrance to the temple is called Surya Dwaram.

Antarvedi is the land famous for the temple of Sri Laxmi Narasimha Swami, who is man-lion incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is a small village in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh, at the convergence of Bay of Bengal and Vashista Godavari, a tributary of River Godavari. The place, where the mighty Sagar (ocean- Bay of Bengal) meets with this tributary of Godavari, is called as ‘Sapta Sagara Sangam Pradesham’. Vashista Godavari is one of the branches of River Godavari and is said to have been be brought to this place by Maharishi Vashista, one of the Saptarishis (seven great sages) of Hindu Mythology. There are other equally prominent places at Antarvedi. The Sea, the Vashista River which is said to be brought to this place by Sage Vashista, the Sagar Sangam (place where the river Vashista meets the ocean Bay of Bengal) also called as Anna Chelli Gattu in Telugu, the Raktakulya River which is formed when the goddess Maya Shakti released the blood of the demon Raktavilochana and the Chakratheertam where Lord Narasimha Himself washed His Sudarshana chakra, after killing the demon are all not to be missed.

The temple of Lord Shiva, called as Neelakanteswara, is another attraction not to be missed. The idol of Lord Shiva here was worshipped by Lord Brahma Himself. There is a launch facility to visit the small island at the other side of the river and to travel to the point where the river and the ocean would actually meet.

Konaseema in season & and off season, a must visit on the itinerary of every true blue vacationer. A set of breathtakingly picturesque islands floating in a 50 kms. Stretch of river Godavari, Konaseema brings to mind the canvas of a master painter. What better than to cruise down the gently lapping water, to set foot on each of these floating gems, to explore their pristine, almost virgin, beauty first hand? If you have been dreaming about a kerela backwater cruise, we suggest you make your way to konaseema now.

Andhra Pradesh Tourism makes the Konaseema experience even more memorable with its air conditioned 3 double bedroomed Houseboat Cruises. Now available for private charter are fully furnished boats accommodating upto four adults. Each is equipped with two double bedrooms with attached bathe, and a sit out-cum-dining area on the deck. On board, to attend to your comforts, are trained attendants. If to travel more than 4 members, extra 300 Rs will be charged for each member. The boat can be accomodate nearly 12 members.

Draksharamam, is one of the most frequented pilgrim centre of South India. It is one of the Shiva Pancharamas and one of 18 Shakti Peethas. It is famous as both Shiva kshetra and Shakti kshetra. Lord Bheemeswara swamy and Manikyamba are main the deities here. This place is also called as Dakshina Kashi.

There is an interesting legend regarding the name of this place and existence of Lord Shiva in this place. During Tarakasura vadha, the Shiva Linga which was in the throat of Tarakasura broke into five pieces and one of the pieces fell here. Thereafter, it came to be known as Draksharamam.

After the death of Sati, the 12th part of her body i.e. her left cheek fell here which is now known in the form of Goddess Manikyamba.

The temple is a 2 storied complex and looks like a fort. It has 2 Prakarams(paths). The outer Prakaram has 4 entrances in 4 different directions with beautifully carved Gopurams and each of the entrance is known in the form of 4 different forms of Goddesses i.e. Gogulamma, Nookambika, Moodhambike, GhattambikeIn this temple we can see Lord Bheemeswar Swamy, who is the main deity in the form of a tall Shiva Lingam. The Shiva Lingam is nearly 9 ft. A flight of steps leads one to the upper level of the Sanctum where one can see the upper part of Lord Bheemeswar Swamy. The speciality of this Shiva Lingam is that, the early morning tender Sun light falls on the Shiva Lingam. The Shiva linga is of a crystal texture.

The temple of Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy is the main temple on the Ratnagiri hill. There is also a temple of Sri Rama and the shrines of Vanadurga and Kanaka Durga nearby. The temple of gramadevatha (village deity) is in the village at the foot of the hill.

It is said that Raja I.V.Ramanarayanam,the then zamindar of Gorsa and Kirlampudi estates, having been ordained by the Lord in his dream, traced the idol on the hill, worshipped it and installed it at the present spot on sravana suddha vidhiya of the telugu year Khara, 1891. The hillock it self is about 300ft above sea level, green fields all-round the hills and the pampa river encircling Ratnagiri. About 460 well laid stone steps leads to the top of it.

The main temple constructed in the form of a chariot with the four wheels at each of the four corners. In front of the main temple is the kalyana mantapa, constructed and decorated with modern pieces of architecture. As we go down the way, we come across Ramalaya and then the shrines of Vana Durga and Kanaka Durga.

Sri Venkateswara Swami Vari Devasthanam is a religious shrine that is located in a small village, by the name Dwaraka Tirumala in Andhra Pradesh. Dwaraka Tirumala falls under the West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, India. The village is exceptionally famous for its holy shrine dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara. Dwaraka Tirumala is near to Eluru (the head quarters of West Godavari District) that lies at a distance of 40 kms. However, one can easily reach Dwaraka Tirumala by taking tourist buses or by hiring taxis throughout Andhra Pradesh.

This highly revered shrine is regarded as the miniature form of 'Tirupati' or 'Chinna Tirupathi'. Actually, the temple was named after the great saint 'Dwaraka', who took the initiative to place the idol of Lord Venkateshwara. Dwaraka (Saint) did strict penance on 'Valmikam' (ant hill) to bring the self-manifested idol of Lord Venkateswara to this place. In fact, the village derived its name from the same temple. Sri Venkateshwara is regarded as 'Kaliyuga Vaikuntha Vasa', who is the dispeller of all worldly charms and attractions.

Kolleru Lake is the largest freshwater lake. Between Krishna and Godavari delta Kolleru is located. Spanning into two districts - Krishna and West Godavari Kolleru is the good sightseeing. The lake serves as a natural flood-balancing reservoir for these two rivers. The lake is fed directly by water from the seasonal Budameru and Tammileru lakes, and is connected to the Krishna and Godavari systems by over 68 inflowing drains and channels.

The lake was an important habitat for an estimated 20 million resident and migratory birds, including the Grey or Spot-billed Pelican. The lake was notified as a wildlife sanctuary in November 1999 under India's Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, and designated a wetland of international importance in November 2002 under the international Ramsar Convention. The wildlife sanctuary covers an area of 308 km².

Sri Ksheera Rama Lingeswara temple is considered as one of the Pancharama Kshetras. The height of the temple is 120fts and constructed during Chalukya period by Chalukya Bheema. The construction took place during 9th century. The lingam, which is white in colour, is believed as the tallest. There are 72 pillars made of black stone. Inside the Garbhalaya (Garbha Gruha), Gokarneshwara and Vigneshwara (Ganapati) alayas are situated at the left with Kshiralingam located at the center. To the right, Subramanya Swamy and Janardhana Swamy alayas with Nandi at the centre are situated. Gostani river flows through the town Palakollu and there is a sangam place near Narsapur with river Godavari. From here the river enters the sea at Antarvedi. Once upon a time this place was a thick forest with natural greenary.

The Shiva Lingam (Moola Virat) can be seen from all the four sides through windows in the Garbha Gruharam. Additionally, Sun God, Kashi Vishweshwara, Goddess parvathi, Goddess Lakshmi, Nagareshwara Lingam, Dundi Vigneshwara, Veera Bhadra, Sapta Matruka, Kanaka Durga, Brahma, Saraswathi, Kumara Swamy, Kartikeya, Mahishasura Mardhini, Naga sarpa, Nataraja, Dattatreya, Kala Bhairava, Nageshwara, Shaneeshwara, Shankara, Radha Krishna can also be seen in the temple. There is a belief that the Shiva lingam is installed by Lord Vishnu. People say that, staying one day in Kshirarama is equivalent to staying one year in Varanasi.

Soma Rama which is considered as one of the Pancharama temples. The temple here is called Sri Someshwara Janardhana swamy. One more Pancharama Kshetra called Palakollu is located just 20Kms away. One more major city of West Godavari called Narsapur is 45Kms away from here and one of the tributory of Godavari called Vasishta Godavari meeting the sea is very nearby. This place is called Antarvedi. Very frequent buses run towards Narsapur from all other parts of Andhra Pradesh (by APSRTC). The temple is situated nearly one kilometer from bus stand. Take a cycle rikshaw or auto to reach there. One more temple called Goddess Maullamma is situated in the city itself. As per the local people, this temple has got lot of power and by visiting there, all wishes come true. The face of Shiva lingam in this Pancharama temple is called Sadyojathamukha Swaroopam. Mass marriages (especially during Shivarathri) are being conducted at this temple premesis. The local people say that couple getting married at this Pancharama place have a peaceful understanding life.

Soma Rama which is considered as one of the Pancharama temples. The temple here is called Sri Someshwara Janardhana swamy. One more Pancharama Kshetra called Palakollu is located just 20Kms away. One more major city of West Godavari called Narsapur is 45Kms away from here and one of the tributory of Godavari called Vasishta Godavari meeting the sea is very nearby. This place is called Antarvedi. Very frequent buses run towards Narsapur from all other parts of Andhra Pradesh (by APSRTC). The temple is situated nearly one kilometer from bus stand. Take a cycle rikshaw or auto to reach there. One more temple called Goddess Maullamma is situated in the city itself. As per the local people, this temple has got lot of power and by visiting there, all wishes come true. The face of Shiva lingam in this Pancharama temple is called Sadyojathamukha Swaroopam. Mass marriages (especially during Shivarathri) are being conducted at this temple premesis. The local people say that couple getting married at this Pancharama place have a peaceful understanding life.

Soma Rama which is considered as one of the Pancharama temples. The temple here is called Sri Someshwara Janardhana swamy. One more Pancharama Kshetra called Palakollu is located just 20Kms away. One more major city of West Godavari called Narsapur is 45Kms away from here and one of the tributory of Godavari called Vasishta Godavari meeting the sea is very nearby. This place is called Antarvedi. Very frequent buses run towards Narsapur from all other parts of Andhra Pradesh (by APSRTC). The temple is situated nearly one kilometer from bus stand. Take a cycle rikshaw or auto to reach there. One more temple called Goddess Maullamma is situated in the city itself. As per the local people, this temple has got lot of power and by visiting there, all wishes come true. The face of Shiva lingam in this Pancharama temple is called Sadyojathamukha Swaroopam. Mass marriages (especially during Shivarathri) are being conducted at this temple premesis. The local people say that couple getting married at this Pancharama place have a peaceful understanding life.

 

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