(Last Updated on : 26/03/2013)
Temples of Krishna District located in Andhra Pradesh includes the Temples having the shrines of Lord Shiva.
Jaladheeswara Aalayam Temple
is said to reside here with Parvati and is called Jaladheeswaraswamy. Nowhere is he worshipped as such. The Vimana on the garbhagriha
bears a resemblance to that of Brihadeeswaraalayam of Tanjore. The temple contains idols of Vugra Narasimha, Kalabhairava, and Saraswati etc. The Saraswati resembles Mohenjadara images.
Agastheeswara Aalayam Temple
It also houses an ancient Sivaalaya. The town is the cradle of Devadasi dance. This temple has made a mark as a Siva yatrasthala. The temple also houses rare sculptures.
The annual festival of Ekaratra Mallikarjunaswamy Brahmotsav is celebrated with great pomp. The Utsavamurtis of Siva are flanked by Ganga and Parvati on both sides is taken out in procession.
Ekaratri Mallikarjunaswamy Temple
This temple of Shiva is located 36 km from Machilipatnam. Here Lord Shiva is called Ekaratri Mallikarjunaswamy. An Ekaratra Mallikarjunaswamy Brahmotsav
annual festival is celebrated at this temple when the deities are taken out in procession.
Vijayawada, Krishna District Kanakadurga temple, the Malleswara temple and the Vijayeswara temple are a congregation. The hill temple complex of Mangalagiri is dedicated to Narasimha. The Malleswara temple goes back to the period of the Tribhuvana Malla, in the 10th century. The temple enshrines a Shivalingam and is said to have been worshipped by sage Agastya.
Legend states that Yuddhishtra established the temple. He also built the Lakshmi Narasimha temple at the foothills of Mangalagiri and the Vijayeswara temple were founded by Arjuna.
Umamaheswara Swamy Aalayam
: Sage Markandeya installed the Sivalinga for relieving mankind from the misfortune of untimely death. People, who feel they are cursed with untimely and accidental death, worship this Siva. Periodical festivals take place here. It lies on the bank of Goutami in the heart of the city.
Vijayeswara Swami Temple
This temple is dedicated to Shiva and dates back to the age of the Pandavas and the episode of Arjuna's encounter with Shiva which is depicted in stone. One of these hills is called Indrakila, where Arjuna obtained Pasupatastra from Lord Siva. The Kirtarjuneeya poem immortalizes this. The temple of Vijayeswara is attributed to Arjuna to commemorate the event.
Kanaka Durga Temple
The temple is located on the Indrakiladri hill. This temple occupies a prestigious place in the scriptures. Many stories and legends regarding Siva and Sakti are enacted around this place.
There is a number of rock edicts (Sasanas) engraved on the walls of this temple. The temple shows a blend of sculptural traditions of Chalukya and Chola styles. This place was earlier known as Daksha Vatika and later as Dakshramam or Draksharamam.
Mangalagiri Narasimhaswami Temple
The temple is located on top of Mangalagiri hill. The origin of this temple is traced to Krithayuga. There is no idol in the temple except that of Lord Narasimhaswamy, whose face alone is sculptured in the hill itself.
Amaravati Amareswara Temple
This ancient temple is dedicated to Shiva and enshrines a 15 feet high white marble lingam and is surrounded by massive walls with towers. The temple stands close to the river Krishna. There are other minor deities in the temple. The Lord Amareswara is worshipped here with his consort Bala Chamundika who is considered as the fourth of the 18 goddesses.
It is home to a hill temple bearing a cave shrine to Vyagra Narasimha and a temple to Malleswara Shiva. The hill temple also has shrines to Rajyalakshmi, and the Alwar saints of Tamilnadu. The word kiri refers to Varaha, and hence the name - Akiripalli.
The deity worshipped in the temple is Mallikarjuna. The Puranas call him Malleswara. Legend states that Yudhishthira, to commemorate the victory over south, installed the idol. To this day, the idol is worshipped with a lot of devotion.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Siva as Malleswara or Jayasena. The origin or installation of Kanaka - Durga Devi at Vijayawada is unknown. She is said to be Swayambu or self manifest. She is manifest as Chandi or destroyer of the demon Durgama.