Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple is located in the temple town of Antarvedi of Sakhinetipalle Mandal in the East Godavari district of the Andhra Pradesh. It is situated at the point where the Bay of Bengal and Vashista Godavari, a branch of the Godavari River, meet. The primary deity of this temple is Lord Narasimha, who resides here with his consort, Goddess Rajyalakshmi.
The temple was built between the 15th and 16th century. There is also a temple nearby that is dedicated to Lord Shiva that is older than Narasimha Swamy temple. The original idol of Lord Siva is believed to be installed by Lord Sri Rama 2500 years back.
In the 18th century, the trustees were Peddapuram Rajas. They were mainly responsible for constructing the temple. Mogaltur Raja’s are the traditional trustees of Antarvedi Temple from the early 19th century. Late Shri Raja Kalidindi Kumar Ramachandra Raja Bahadur also donated a lot to the temple. He was the former chairman of temple development and the supreme trustee of temple. Later, the present temple was renovated and built by Kopanathi Adi Narayana, a famous merchant who was also an overseas businessman.
The Lord and temple was given many precious jewels by former kings of the erstwhile provinces, nobles and even the East India Company. These jewels have been kept in a vault at the treasury department for the last 50 years. Through the great work and efforts of then local M.L.A. Sri Alluri Krishnam Raju and the temple authorities, the age old jewels of the god is being brought to Antarvedi and the idols of the Lord are being decorated with it during the Kalyanotsavam.
There are five important spots of this holy abode namely the Sea, Sagar Sangam, Vasishta River, Raktakulya River and the Chakrateertham. It is believed that there will be no re-birth on taking a dip at this place and on offering charities here. Performing ceremonial formalities to the ancestors at this holy-shrine is identical to the ones done at Gaya and Ganges. People from very far off place, like Varanasi, also visit this place, especially to involve in Lord Narasimha’s Chariot procession in the month of Phalguna (January) and Dolepournami celebration in the month of Phalguna (March). During these celebrations, the Lord is worshipped with Panchamrita Abhishekam. This shrine blesses the pilgrims with Mukti, and so it is also called as the Mukti Kshetra. Antarvedi is also known as ‘Narasimhakshetra’. The great glory of this holy shrine is boundless.
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple
Dist. East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh
b style=”font-size: 17px;”> Taluka: Sakhinetipalle Area: East Godavari
E-mail: email@example.com Phone: 08862-259313
b style=”font-size: 17px;”> Timings: 5 AM- 10 PM (Open on All Days)
State: Andhra Pradesh District: East Godavari
Languages: Telugu, English Weather: 16°C to 41°C (Max.)
Best Time to Visit: September-March
STD Code:08862 Pin Code: 533252
The nearest airport is at Vijayawada, 173 km away from the temple and is well connected to major cities of India. Other major airport nearby is at Visakhapatnam (267 km).
The nearest railway station is at Rajahmundry, 93 km away and is well connected to major cities of India. It lies on Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam section of Howrah-Chennai rail route.
APSRTC and other private travels operate regular buses to Narsapur. After reaching there, you can take a ferry ride to Antarvedi. Also,there are also regular buses from Rajahmundry, Kakinada and Amalapuram which takes you to the Antardevi. The best way to reach here is by your own means of transport like car or private taxis.
Rajahmundry – 97 km
Kakinada – 109 km
Vijayawada – 184 km
Visakhapatnam – 263 km
Hyderabad – 470 km