History of Sri Pallalamma Ammavari Temple
Vanapalli village was previously under the administrative control of Maharaja (king) of Pithapuram. Once the king had a dream about Sri Pallalamma Devi and the goddess asked him to offer her fruits and in return promised to give his family health and prosperity. Thus as per the wish of the goddess he offered her fruits along with donating land for the construction of the temple. Legends also say that Sir Arthur Thomas Cotton who was also known as the Father of the Godavari Barrage wanted to dismantle the Temple of Sri Sri Pallalamma Devis while digging the main canal from Rajahmundry to Kundaleswaram Via Vanapalli as he thought that the temple might create obstruction in the way of the canal. But at this time, the goddess appeared in his dream as well and told him that the temple would not create any obstruction in the construction of the canal and if he continued his work without dismantling the temple, she would extend her power while digging. Thus Sir Arthur Cotton completed the canal with the blessings of the goddess and later paid his reverence to Goddess Sri Pallalamma Devi.
Deity of Sri Pallalamma Ammavari Temple
In the temple the image of Goddess Sri Pallalamma Devi can be seen seated in a cross legged posture. There is also a statue of Jackal under the feet of the goddess. Facing the south, the idol of Lord Vighneswara stands which is regarded as very auspicious and important for the temple. The rituals and Archana karyakramams which are performed here follow the tradition of Gramadevatha Agama Sastra. Every year in the month of May after Vysakha Poornima, a grand festival is celebrated in the temple for one month. In addition to this, the days Tuesday, Friday and Sunday are considered to be auspicious by the devotees.
Sri Pallalamma Ammavari Temple is situated at a distance of 70 kilometres from Kakinada, 55 kilometres from Rajahmundry and 21 kilometres from Amalapuram.