Amaravathi Temple is located in Amaravathi town of Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh. This temple dedicates to Lord Shiva in the form of Amareswara Swamy or Amaralingeswara Swamy. The main deity Lord Shiva here is in the form of Lingam with 15 feet height. This temple is located on the southern part of river Krishna. This Lingam has an interesting story. As lingam was growing in size, to stop the growth of Lingam a nail has been dug at the top of the Lingam. Immediately blood was oozing out from the Lingam. Still today a Red mark will visible at the top of Lingam.
History of Amaravathi Temple:
As per the legends, Goddess who lost their battle against demon Tarakasura. After losing battle Lord Indra sought help from Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu advice to pray for Lord Shiva as Tarakasura got a blessing from Lord Shiva. However, Lord Shiva hesitates to kill Tarakasura because he is a great devotee of him for that reason he refuses to kill. But Lord Shiva appoints his son Lord Subramanya Swamy to rule the Goddess army to defeat demon Tarakasura. Demon Tarakasura wears Shivalinga around his neck because he can’t be unbeatable. With the advice of Lord Vishnu Lord Subramanyaswamy finally, breaks the Shivalinga with Agni Astra. Then it broke into 5 pieces and starts reuniting. As a result of this Lord Indra with his Guru Bruhaspathi establish the first and biggest piece and named as Amareswara in Amaravathi.
During the 18th century, Raja Sri Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu who was ruling this place renovated Amaravathi Temple.
Amaravathi Temple Timings:
Generally, the Temple opens at 6:00 am and closes at 9:00 pm.
How To Reach Amareswara Swamy Temple:
By Air: The nearest airport is Gannavaram airport which is 56 Km far away.
By Train: Guntur Jn and New Guntur railway stations are nearby to Guntur. From there you can reach by local transport or private transport.
By Bus: Amaravathi temple is 30 km from Guntur main bus station. However, Kanchikcherala, Ibrahimpatnam, and Kondapally bus stations are nearby to Amaravathi. Besides this APSRTC runs a number of buses to Amaravathi.