Sri Siddi Vinayaka Temple, Ainavalli
The Siddi Vinayaka temple is located at Ainavalli, in the Konaseema area of the lush - green fields of the River Godavari. Ainavilli is located at a distance of 72 Km from Kakinada, 55 Km from Rajahmundry and 14 Kms from Amalapuram. In a spacious, elevated area, this temple of Vinayaka stands with idol facing south. With two gopurams and gates, one can approach Vinayaka from the south and Sri Visveswara Swamy from the East. In the same compound is situated Sri Devi, Bhudevi with Sri Kesava Swamy. By the side are situated Sri Annnapurna Devi, Sri Kalabhairava Swamy and Kshetrapalaka are situated by the side. Special Pujas are performed at the temple every month on Chaviti, Dasami, Ekadasi days. During Vinayaka Chavithi Navarathri, Karthika Masam, Prabha festival on Sankranthi and Shivaratri special archanas are performed. Archanas are performed here everyday according to the Saivagama, Abhisheka is done regularly according to sastra. Thousands of people from far - off places throng the temple to worship Siddi Vinayaka. Devotees worship at the shrine of Lord Ganapathi, placed in the midst of coconut gardens, the green fields and natural surroundings.
Lord Veera Venkata Satya Narayana Swamy Temple, Annavaram Annavaram is situated 32 Km from Pithapuram, 51 Km from Kakinada and 72 Km from Rajahmundry. It is famous for Lord Veera Venkata Satya Narayana Swamy temple, situated atop the Ratnagiri Hills on the banks of the river Pampa. One of the most popular temples in Andhra Pradesh, a unique Yantra based on Tripad Vibhuti Narayan Upanishad exists here. The shrine is constructed in two storeys, the lower one containing the Yantra and upper one housing vigrahas of the Lord. The idol which is about 4 metres high is in cylindrical form. The base in the lower sanctum represents Lord Vishnu and the middle portion represents Lord Shiva. The image of the deity forming a single idol and representing the Hindu Trinity is of unique attraction. In this temple premises, there is a sun dial which shows the Indian Standard Time. The Kalyana Mahotsavam of the deity at the Annavaram Satyanarayana Swami Temple, during May attracts thousands of pilgrims from all parts of the State.
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Antharvedi
Antharvedi is located at a distance of 130 Kms from Kakinada, 100 kms from Rajahmundry and 65 Kms from Amalapuram. Antarvedi is said to be the second Varanasi by the grace of the Lord. There is a long history behind the construction of the temple, as it is said to have been made, destroyed and remade a number of times. It was finally set in place by a Sri Adinarayana, and completed by the combined efforts of his sons Ranganatha and Krishna. This is historically evident from a stone inscription in the temple even today. There are five important spots of this Holy shrine namely, the Sea, the Sagar Sangam, the Vasishta River, the Raktakulya River and the Chakrateertham. Performing ceremonial formalities to the ancestors at this holy-shrine is equivalent to those done at Gaya and Ganga River.
Antarvedi has the sea in the East and the South the Godavari in the West and the Raktakulya River the North. Special conveyance facilities are arranged for the convenience of the pilgrims coming from distant place to attend the annual Mela there. . People from distant place, like Varanasi, also visit this place, especially to participate in Lord Narasimha's Chariot procession in the month of Phalguna (January) and dolepournami celebration in the month of Phalguna (March).
Sri Bala Balaji Devasthanam, Appanapalli
Appanapalli, a remote village in Mamidikuduru Mandal of East Godavari District, situated on the holy banks of river Vynateya has attained reputation as second Tirupathi of Konaseema being the abode of Lord Bala Balaji. It is Located at a distance of 70 Km from Kakinada. The village Appanapalli derived its name after a Rushi called "Appana" who did thapassu for the good of the world. This place in olden days was famous for well-read Brahmins in Vedas who used to spend their time in reciting hymns and performing sacrifices as ordained in the scriptures.
The founder of the present Bala Balaji Devasthanam is Sri Molleti Ramaswamy an ardent devotee of the Lord of the seven hills. One night he saw in his dream the Lord ordering him to go ahead with his samkalpa of building a temple for the Lord at Appanapalli without coming to Tirupathi with the share of profit in his business for the Lord annually. Accordingly Sri Ramaswamy at once installed the photos of Sri Sri Sri Venkateswaraswamy varu and his consort Padmavathi Ammavaru in his coconut shop in 1966. In course of time pilgrims in thousands started pouring in and Appanapalli occupied a place of devotional importance in the pilgrim map of the state. On 18th March 1970, Ekadasi Wednesday at 10.10 A.M. the foundation stone for the construction of the New Temple was laid by Sri Ramaswamy amidst the chanting of Mantras by the Vedic Scholars. On 4.7.1991 the New Temple was completed. Strictly in accordance with the Panchahnica Agama Sastra in which, His Holiness Sri Sri Sri Tridandi Srimanarayana China Jeeyar Swamy varu installed the idols of the Lord and his consort. Maximum care is taken for the convenience of the pilgrims who visit the temple in great numbers.
Sri Golingeswara Swami Vari Temple, Biccavolu
This temple is located at a distance of 33 Km from Kakinada, 40 Km from Rajahmundry and 60 Km from Amalapuram. Biccavolu is known for Beautiful stone temple of Lord Shiva. Built by the Eastern Chalukya dynasty in the 9th-10th centuries, the temples are a fine example of the architectural grandeur that was typical of the Dravidian style. A stone sculpture of Lord Ganesha in the village is a masterpiece of Chalukyan craftsmanship.
Located in the village of Biccavolu are a number of beautiful temples belonging to the Eastern Chalukya period. Some of them are the Sri Rajaraja Temple, Sri Chandrasekhara Swamy and three temples of Shiva situated in the fields of the Village. An eleven foot monolithic statue of Lord Ganesh is also found in the fields, a top draw for tourists.
Sri Bhimeswara Swami Temple, Draksharama
Draksharamam is located 28 Km from Kakinada, 50 Km from Rajahmundry and 25 Km from Amalapuram. It is a pilgrim site situated on the Eastern Bank of the River Godavari. It is colloquially known as Draksharama carrying the implied meaning as "Draksharama" meaning the Abode of Daksha Prajapathi - the Father-in-law of Lord Siva and the beloved Father of 'Sati' the spiritual spouse of Lord Siva. The history of the Sacred Pilgrimage is exhaustively dealt within the 'Skanda Purana' of Sri Vyasa. This Holy Pilgrimage is one of the rare few, where the God and Goddess are equally important. The Lord's existence here is said to be a swayambhu. Celebration of Sri Bhimeswara Swamy varu, Subrahmanya Shasti, Maha Sivaratri and Kalyanam etc., are the important festivals of this Temple. The temple is a protected monuments and its renovation has been undertaken by the Archaeological Department.
Sri Suryanarayana Swamy Temple, G.Mamidada
This temple is a well - known pilgrim centre of the East Godavari district for the last hundred years, situated on the banks of the river "Thulya Bhaga" (Antharvahini). All over Andhra, Gollala Mamidada is called "Gopurala Mamidada". Found here at this holy place are the famous "Rama Temple" with its towering (Gopuras), the famous "Surya Temple" (The second Surya Temple of A.P after Arasavilli), "Venkateswara Temple, Sainatha Temple" and also the ancient and the famous "Bheemeswara Temple".
Sri Suryanarayana Swamy Temple at Gollalamamidada village was incepted by late Sri Kovvuri Basivi Reddy Garu in the year 1920, a great Charitable Jamindar of Gollalamamidada. This temple owns 16 Acres of wet land donated by successors of late founder for the maintenance and up - keep of the temple. The performance of rituals in this temple is in accordance with Sri Vyshanava Samradaya. This temple has gained much importance in Andhra Pradesh as the tenets are of Vyshanava Sampradaya. It is attracting good number of pilgrims all days and especially on Sunday to pray their Owings to Lord Sri Suryanarayana Swamy Varu. This temple was classified U/s.6 (b) (ii) of the Act 30/87 and it is under the administrative control of the Deputy Commissioner, Endowments Department, Kakinada.
This picturesque village 65 Km from Kakinada via Yanam offers easy access to other places of tourist interest such as Vigneswara temple at Ainavilli, Vireswara temple at Muramalla, Uma Koppulingeswara Swamy temple at Palivela, Sri Skhana Mukteswara Swami temple at Mukteswaram, Allavaram beach and Aduru a Buddhist site.
Apart from the above-mentioned temples, a number of temples are found at Korukonda, Kotipalli, Mandapalli, Muramalla, Palivela, Peddapuram, Pithapuram, Rajahmundry, Ryali, Samalkota, Sarpavaram, Talupulomma Lova and vanapalli. These are a rich legacy of the historical and religious tradition of the place and well worth a visit when travelling to ten East Godavari district.