|Goopuram Of Ryali Temple|
RYALI is nearly 23kms from RAJAHMANDRY and 7kms from RAVULAPALEM. It is in GODAVARI district, ANDHRA PRADESH. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the foam of JAGANMOHINI KESEVA SWAMY. It is in between GOWTHAMI GODAVARI AND VASISTA GODAVARI. This temple belongs to 11th century.
SPECIALITY OF THIS TEMPLE
Lord is in the form of Jaganmohini Keseva Swamy. This is the unique temple where we can see Kesevaswamy Avataram in the front part and Jaganmohini Avataram from back side. It is a Swayambu Salagrama Sila with height of 5 feet and width of 3 feet. From front we can see Main deity with 4 hands having Shanku, Chakra, Gada and Lotus flower in them, wearing Kosthuba Maniharam, Vanamala, Crown , ear rings, Yagnopaveetam, Dowathi and Vuthareeyam. From back we can see Jaganmohini Avatar wearing Sari, Blouse with a hair knot and Parijatha flowers around it. On the top of the idol we can see ADISHESHA and GANGA coming out from the feet of the idol. No where else we can see such an idol.
STORY BEHIND THE TEMPLE
Meanwhile Lord Siva who saved the whole world by taking poison which came before Amrutham, heard about Lord Vishnu in Mohini Avatar came to see her and followed her. When they reached Ratnapuri Lord Siva tried to hug her from backside, Mohini suddenly turned back facing Lord Siva and took the form of Lord Vishnu. While she turned back a flower from her plaited hair fell down and Lord Siva stopped there. From then Ratnapuri is called as Ryali (Rali means falling in Telugu). We can see a temple dedicated to Lord Siva in front of Jaganmohani Kesava Swamy Temple where Lord Siva stopped.
Ryali in earlier days was a forest. King Ganta Chola was devotee of Lord Vishnu. He came into this forest for hunt and he took rest under a tree. He heard Sloka on Lord Vishnu and opened his eyes. He could not find any one in the near by surroundings, but he could listen to the sloka. He was surprised and later he went to his palace and slept. He got a dream; Lord Vishnu asked him to prepare a Chariot and told him to drive the chariot in his kingdom. Lord Vishnu told him that he could find an idol in the place where pin of the chariot’s wheel fell down. King did so and he found this idol and installed it after doing pooja to it.
Kalyanostavam is done in Ryali from Chitra Suddha Navami to Purnima.