This locality was the holy ashram of the sage Dhadhichi Maharshi. This hermit Dhadhichi has done a supreme sacrifice by donating his valuable spinal card for the mighty weapon popularly known as the Vajrayudha of Lord Indra. Which was employed to kill the deadly Asuras. The weapons wielded by the eight suras in the eight directions called Astadikpalakas killed innumerable ghostly demons. To avenge the death of these demons certain other demons called Aswadha and Pippala invaded the area under reference and brought about untold havoc.
At last, the eminent hermit “Agasta” living in South India obliging the prayers of the people, and their king assured them of the death of these against in the hands of “Lord Sani” the son of the Sun god. Further, they appealed to Shani Deva to protect them by putting an end to these terrible monsters “Aswadha and Pippala “.Sani made up his mind to kill the monsters for which he had to wage a war for one long year and killed them.
As a mark of this glorious victory, he installed an idol of “Lord Siva” here. This installation of Sivalinga became necessary for atoning sins of kings that belonged to the Kasyapa Dynasty. So in obedience to the scared advice of the Maharushis, Sani atoned to the sin of Brahma Hatya by installing and adoring Lord Siva.
After that Sani declared that whoever worships this Linga by offering the dear gingelly oil etc., would be blessed. He further said that he would bless such devotees obviating all evils that befall them due to the curse Shatru. For this reason, Lord Eswara is popularly known as Saneswara of Mandeswara. So people offer gingelly products that are dear to Sani who is the deity here.
Sri Brahmeswara Swamy: In ancient days this was the area where Lord Brahma performed a great YAGNAM and hence this is called Brahmagundam, as the sacred fire of the Yagnam has not extinguished for a long time. Gotham Maharshi made the river Godavari flow through it. Hence it is also known as Brahmagundam. Lord Brahma installed the idol of the “Eswara” in this place.
Sri Nageswara Swamy: After Saturn killed the Asuras, he gifted the holy region to the Maharshi and “Brahmins”. Here “Karkotaka” a ferocious Snake-King had performed penance. The Maharshi’s were afraid of the Karkotaka and at their request, the “Karkotaka” left the place. If anyone installs the idol of the Lord Siva and worships him, he will be free from the snake bites and threats from snakes.
Sri Venugopala Swamy: Dhadhichi Maharshi presided in Gopala Kshetram on the banks of the Godavari. Gotham Maharshi implored Trayambakeswara for the river Ganga to flow out from his Jhata Jhutam, to get rid of the sins. Gotham Maharshi installed the idol of Lord Venu Gopala Swami beside the river hence this place is called Gopala Kshetram.
Timings to visit Sri Mandeswara Swamy Temple
05:00 AM – 12:00PM | 04:00 PM – 08:0 PM.
Puja’s/Seva’s Performed at Sri Mandeswara Swamy Temple
|Ekadasa Rudrabhishekam (With Oil)||40|
|Mahanyaasa Purvaka Tailabhishekam||30|
|One time puja||Permanent Pujas (Including this year)|
All Saturdays in a Year
|Ekadasi Rudrabhishekam with oil||Rs.100.00||Rs. 1,500.00||Rs. 5,200.00|
|Mahaanyaasaka Purvaka Tailabhishekam||Rs.70.00||Rs. 1,070.00||Rs. 3,640.00|
Important Festivals celebrate at Sri Mandeswara Swamy Temple
- Kalyanam of Sri Swamivaru – Magha Bahula Ekadasi, February – March
- Devi Navaratrulu – Aswayuja Masam Nine days, September – October
- Karthika Masam – November – December every year.
- Lakshapatri Puja – Karthika Masam, November – December every year.
- Sani Trayodasi Festivals.
How to Reach
By Air: Rajamundry Airport – 54 km, Vishakapatnam International Airport – 227 km.
By Train: Rajahmundry – 35 km, Kakinada Railway station – 66 km, Bhimavaram Town Railway station – 63.7 km, Tanuku Railway Station – 33 km.
By Bus: Tanuku APSRTC – 34.2 km, Bhimavaram Bus Stand – 63.4 km, Kakinada – 62 km, Rajamundry – 32 km.
Sri Mandeswara Swamy Vari Devastanam, Kothapeta Mandal, East Godavari District, Mandapalli- 533223, Andhra Pradesh, India
Official Website of Sri Mandeswara Swamy Temple