Annavaram is a popular temple of Lord Vishnu. Annavaram temple is dedicated to Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy. The temple sits upon the Ratnagiri hill, looking down the town. The entire land is considered to be dedicated to Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy and Anantha Lakshmi Satyavathi Ammavaru. Annavaram Temple considered as the famous south Indian temple located in the city of Annavaram. This temple considered as sacred as Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam.
After the Tirupati temple of Andhra Pradesh, this is the most famous Vishnu temple of the country. The architectural wonder might surprise the beholders. The temple is built following the Dravidian style of architecture. The construction of the temple has been done following Agni Puran. It reflects the Prakriti. Several symbolisms are attached to the architecture of the temple. It is said that that chariot of the temple depicts the seven lokas. The wheels of the chariot stand for the sun and the moon. It is a two story temple where the upper part is dedicated to the deities and the lower part is for the yantras.
The glory of the Lord has crossed the boundary of India. The glory of the lord which the world signs now can be found in Skanda Purana Reva Khanda. The Lord Himself along with Ananta Laxmi Devi and Lord Shiva has descended on the earth and took abode on the mountain Ratnagiri. This mountain is named after King Ratnakar. He was the son of Meru and also the king of the Ratnagiri Mountain.
Though temples are sacred for the holy vibration and the protective aura they reflect, each temple shines for some ancient legend. Annavaram temple is famous for the legend of continuous supply of food. The name Annavaram has emerged from the legend itself. Annam is food in Telugu language. In another version of the legend it is said that the divine powers that are sitting in the town has blessed the town people with the anina varam – wanted boon, the temple has come to be known as Annavaram.
Hari Hara – the Fusion of Shri Hari Vishnu and Mahadev
Annavaram, from the ancient time, has attracted the followers of both Shri Hari Vishnu and Mahadev as the deity of the temple depicts the combined force of Hari Hara. It is has been famously known as Hari Hara Hiranya Garbha Thrimurtyatmaka. The devotees of both the lord come here bowing their heads in respect. They forget the divisional differences of belief during the worshiping. The idol of the temple is around 13 feet high.
The base of the idol meaning the bottom of the idol represents Lord Brahma, the middle of the idol belongs to Lord Shiva and the top is Shri Hari Vishnu Dev. There are many other temples around the country which represent Hari and Hara together. However, in this temple Lord Brahma who is usually ignored by the devotees gets worshipped with the other two forces of the trinity.
Throughout out the country people keep Satyanarayan Vrath for growth in business, growth in education, improvement in prosperity and destruction of trouble. It is Lord Satyanarayan who manifested Himself at Ratnagiri Mountain in the combined form Brahma, Vishnu and Mahadev. The combination has succeeded in dragging thousands of devotees from different part of the world, seeking blessing of the trinity.
Even though Ekadashi is considered to be a sacred day for performing the pujas, the devotees come seeking blessing in other convenient days as well.