Sri Venkateswara Temple in Visakhapatnam
Overview of Sri Venkateswara Temple in VizagSri Venkateshware Swamy temple in Visakhapatnam is located at Srungamani Hill near the Visakhapatnam Port Trust. This Balaji Temple is one of the oldest in the city and the state. People from all parts of India visit this temple to pay their homage. Sri Venkateshwara Swamy temple is situaated on the hill of south of the line of three hills called as Sri Venkateshwara Konda. The temple is located at appoint where River Gosthani joins the sea. The temple is surrounded by beautiful scenic spots and views of Visakhapatnam Harbour comprising of ships, fishing harbour, fishermen laying fishing nets into the sea.
History of Sri Venkateswara Temple in VizagMunis who were praying for emancipation during the end of Dwapara Yuga, along with Garuda also entreated Lord Sri krishna for resting on his "SIRASSU" forever got the Lord Venkateswara to descend on "Garuda Parvatha" in upamaka village.
It is widely believed that the then king of East Godavari District, Sri Krishana Bhupaluda, constructed the Temple during 6th Century A.D. The Temple is being referred in - Brahmavaivartha Puranam also known as "Garudachala Mahatmayam”. Sri Ramanuja mentioned this Kshethram as one of the 108 sacred Vaishnava Abhimana Kshethrams.
Significance of Sri Venkateswara Temple in VizagThe abode of Lord Venkateswara is on the top of "Garudadri Hill". The hill when looked from a distance looks like the shape of a Garuda on which seated are the “Lord Venkateswara and Lakshmi".
Sri Venkateswara Swampy Temple is blessed as it’s the residing place for the Lord of the Lords "SRI VENKATESWARA" as per Hindu mythology. The legend is back in the days when the rock in the hill was moved, an idol structure of Lord Venkateswara was found and hence the decision was made to make a temple in that place. This temple is known as "SWAYAMBHOO" and a place of "APADA MOKKULU". This temple is also called as “Upamaka” which means that there is no other place in this living world equal to this as its par beyond. It is said that any wish or prayer is fulfilled in this temple immediately. Lord Venkateswara is known as giver of "PROGENY" or offspring. The Temple is famous for its "SCULPTURE" and "ARCHITECTURAL BEAUTY" which was built by an European Captain Blackmoor. The temple boasts of a small pyramidal entrance gopura, the port channel. The entrance of the inner harbor for ships and liners are visible from the temple.
Festivals in Sri Venkateswara Temple in VizagKalyanotsavam Celebrations
Kalyanotsavam is conducted for Sri Ventakeswara Swamy abode in the temple every year. The idols of Sri Ventakeswara Swamy along with his consorts Sri Devi and Bhu Devi are worshiped during this utsav. This utsav is taken place on a specially designed boat by by Visakhapatnam Port Trust.
Teppotsavam is yet again a colorful float festival is held every year where the idols are placed in the motor boat along the priests and devotees.