Antharvedi is a small village in Sakhinetipalle Madal, East Godavari District, Andhrapradesh. The village is situated in the place where Bay of Bengal and Vasista Godavari meet. It is located at a distance of 65kms from Amalapuram, 130kms from Kakainada and 196 kms from Vijayawada. The story of this temple is given in GAUTHAMI MAHATYAM (BRAHMANDA PURANAM). Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple is constructed between 15th and 16th centuries. Lord Siva is the Kshetra Palaka of this temple. Lord Siva temple is much older than Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple. Archiology department found Panchaloha idols of Garuda and Anjaneya during the development work done in this temple in 2007 which confirmed this temple belongs to (AC)1660.
Vasista Maharishi, one among the Sapta Rishis brought one of the tributary of Gauthami Godavari and merged it in Bay of Bengal and built a Parnasala and stayed there along with his wife ARUNDATHI. Rakshasa named RAKTHALOCHANA son of HIRANYAKSHA did severe penance and got boons from Lord Siva. He started troubling the sages living in Vasista Asramam. He killed many people and demolished Asramam. He also killed 100 children of the rishi.Vasista Maharishi prayed Lord Vishnu to kill the demon. Pleased by rishi's prayer Lord Vishnu came in the form of Lord Narasimha and fought with the demon. Due to the boon’s given by Lord Siva, sand particles drenched by the blood drops falling on the ground from Rakthalochana’s body, produced equal number of demons. Lord Narasimha noticed this and called his sister ASWARUDAMBIKA, and told her to see that blood does not fall on the battle field.She spread her tongue on the battle field so that blood falls on her tongue and not on ground.
Lord Narasimha killed the demon. Later Aswarudambika released the blood as a reddish river and merged in Vasista Godavari. This is called as RAKTHA THULYA RIVER. Even today we can see a small river flowing in the direction of the temple.
ASWARUDAMBIKA IS ALSO CALLED AS GURRALAKKA and a temple is built for her at a distance of 1km from the Narasimha Swamy temple. Vasista Maharishi prayed Lord Narasimha to calm down and stay there. Lord Narasimha along with his consort Lakshmi Devi became Swayambu in Padmasa posture.
ADI KURMA KSHETRA
Here people believe that Antervedi is the first place to be brought out by Lord Vishnu in Kurma Avatara. As this Lord came in the form of Kurma Avatara in RAKTHATHULYA RIVER. There is a story behind this. Once an idol came into the fisherman’s net. Fisherman threw this idol into the river and it came into the net again and again. Fed up by this, fisher man threw this idol and it was broken. Blood came out of the idol. Seeing that fisherman became unconscious. Lord told him that he came there as Swayambu. So from then onwards daily Abishekam is done to Adikurma Swamy along with Lakshmi Narasimha swamy. We can see idol of Adikurma near the feet of the main deity.
Neelakanteswra Swamy was installed by Lord Brahma. During KRUTHAYUGAM Lord Brahma thought this place is convenient to perform Rudra Yagam and installed Lord Neelakanta to protect the Yaga. As Lord Brahma performed Yaga here it is called as “ANTERBHAGA VEDIKA”,”ANTERVEDIKA. As time passed by it was gradually changed as “ANTERVAEDI”. Lord NEELAKANTA is Kshetra Palaka of this temple.
During Treta Yugam after killing Ravana, Lord Srirama along with Sita Devi, Lakshmana and Hanuman visited this temple.
In Dwapara Yugam ARJUNA visited this temple and fulfilled his wishes.
1. Every year during the ten days starting from “Radha Sapthami” sun rays fall on the feet of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy.
3. It is believed that by staying 8 days in Antervedi we get the result of living 88 years in Kasi. Praying to Lord Neelakanta here will give blessings of Lord Siva.
4. Childless couple come here during Kalyanaostavam i.e in Magha Masam(February) and take bath in Sagarasangamam and with wet clothes they go to Santa Venugopala Swamy present in this temple and go to back side of main Goopuram and sleep there praying to Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy. They believe by doing so they will be blessed with child.
SRI SUDHARSANA PERUMAL SWAMY
Among the 5 beram’s of Lord(Druva, Kouthuka, Utsava, Sapana, Bali) Bali Beram is taken for bath on Purnima of Maghamasam. THE SPECIALITY OF THIS idol is it has 16 hands, 16 weapons and flames around it. Sudarsana Yantram is present at backside of the idol and Garuda Vahanam at the bottom. This idol is the powerful, unique and oldest Sudarsana Perumal idol in Andhrapradesh. So many devotees come on that Purnima to take a shower along with this idol.
Kalyanam is done on Magha Suddha Dasami(night). This festival is celebrated for 10 days with great pomp and Show.. On Magha Suddha Dasami Night Kalyanam is done.Temple Purohits will attend on goddes’s side and Mogalthur king’s family and committee members will attend on behalf of Lord.
Vahana Seva is done for Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy on these 10 days. Surya Vahana, Garuda Pushpaka Vahana, Rajadhiraja Vahana, Hamsa Vahana, Ponna Vahana, Gaja Vahana, Hanaumath Vahana, Sesha Vahana, Pancha-Mukha Anjaneya Vahana, Simha Vahana, Kanchu Garuda Vahana, Asva Vahana are used.
RADHOSTHAVAM is done on Bhishma Ekadasi. for Rajya Lakshmi Sametha Narasimha Swamy . On the way Lord goes to ASWARUDHAMBIKA temple and offers Sari, Kukkum, fruits to his sister Gurralakka.
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