About Sri Pydithalli Ammavari Temple
As per History and Sayings, Paidimamba or Paiditally is the deity of the people of Uttaranchal and the king of Poosapati. Sri Pydithalli Ammavari Temple was built at the intersection of three lanterns.
Once on Tuesday, the day of Vijayadashami in the year 1757 Dhata Nama, a man named Pativada Appalaswamy Naidu lifted the idol of Goddess from a large pond in Vijayanagar. He became the first priestess of Sri Pydithalli Ammavari Temple. From then until now the members of that family have been hereditary priests. The present priest Bantupalli Byragi Naidu is the sixth generation.
Historically she was the younger sister of poor Vijayaraja. Devi Upasana with spiritual feelings from infancy. She was disturbed by the preparations for war on the neighboring kingdom of Bobbili. Vijayaraja’s sister, who surrendered to the Bussy conspiracy, did not count on war prevention efforts. In 1757 he declared war on Bobbili. The Velama warriors fought for victory or heroic paradise at the cost of their masculine glory. But the victory went to Vijayaraja.
That night the goddess appeared in a dream and warned of the danger to life. Her husband, Appalanaidu, who was fasting, chased after some of his followers and left for Bobbili. After a short distance, she slipped into a coma. She was united with the goddess, saying that her idol was found in the western part of the pond and that it should be consecrated and worshiped regularly.
Fishermen have a special place in the history of Sri Pydithalli Ammavari Temple. Fishermen have played a key role in giving us the chance to see Paiditally, the world goddess, who is a living deity in Kali Yuga. The work of the local Jewish street fishermen in pulling out the mother’s source tidal when the mother-in-law was buried in the womb of a large pond two centuries ago is amazing. Fishermen were lucky enough to see Amma for the first time.
who were considered to be the pre-service natives of Amma, made a wish to the high priest Appalanaodu? Appalanaodu forgave the fishermen’s desire to make a place for themselves in front of Ammavari Sirimanushree at the annual Sirimanu Sambar. It is for this reason that since then it has been a tradition to have fishermen with a fishing net at the Sirimanu Sambar.
Milky Way: The people who come with spears behind the fishing net are not ordinary people. They were considered by their ancestors to be superpowers. Called the Milky Way, it is said to be a replica of the Janadhana Amma’s military power. Legend has it that in the past, the forest dwellers living in the forest behind the fort were the fort guards. In their memory, Sirimanu wears spears, plays drums, and participates in the Sirima procession. Devotees believe them to be replicas of Goddess Shakti.
Another unique attraction of the Sirimanu fair is the white elephant, which the Gajapats used to celebrate Pattaputenugu in the Sirimaru festival to reflect their influence. However, with the demise of the colonies and kingdoms over the years, an elephant-shaped chariot depicting Pattaputenugu has been erected in front of Sirima since 1956. There will be seven female impersonators and one male on this cart. The seven women are said to be Paidithalli’s sisters and Purushudu, Ammavari’s only brother’s cousin. The elephant that makes us realize all the rare deities on the same stage is truly fiftieth.
Timings to visit
06:00 AM – 01:30 AM | 03:00 PM – 08:30 PM
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Festivals celebrate at Sri Pydithalli Ammavari Temple
Sirimanu Utsav: Sirimanu means a big tree. SirimanuUtsav is celebrated every year on the first Tuesday after Vijayadasami. It is believed that 15 days before the beginning of SirimanuUtsav, goddess Pydimamba will appear in the dream of the temple priest (pujari) and tell him the location of the Sirimanu for that year. The Pujari will go and find out the Sirimanu and will cut it and perform puja. Wherever be the location of that sirimanu, the owner must agree to cut it for the festival. After neatly converting it into the desired shape, the Sirimanu will be placed over a chariot, which will be brought to Lanterns junction around 2 PM.
The Pujari will make darshan of Goddess and will sit on the Sirimanu chariot. Between 3 PM to 4 PM, this sirimanu will move 3 times to Vizianagaram fort and Sri Pydithalli Ammavari Temple. Sitting on the top of the fort, the Vizianagaram Rajas will watch the festival. The Rajas will give new clothes to the pujari and puja will be performed. There will be a chariot in the shape of a White elephant in front of Srimanu. The entire procession would be held three times between Ammavari Chaduru gudi and Fort, which would be 500 meters of distance.
White elephant: Many people are not aware of the importance of the white elephant moving in front of the Sirimanu chariot. It is said that during the festival celebration in the olden day’s Maharajas used to sit on this white elephant to participate in the Sirimanu Utsav. Now it has become a tradition to move the white elephant in front of Sirimanu. But nowadays a bullock cart is being designed like an elephant with cardboard and makes it to walk in the procession.
How to reach Sri Pydithalli Ammavari Temple
By Air: Visakhapatnam International Airport – 54.8 km
By Train: Viziayanagaram Railway Station – 2 km,
By Bus: Vizaiyanagaram Bus Station – 2 km, Srikakulam – 58 km
Sri Pydithalli Ammavari Temple, Sivalayam Street, Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh, 535002, India.
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