The Boyakonda Gangamma temple is situated in Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh. It is dedicated to Shakti. Gangamma is an incarnation of 'Shakti'.
About the Temple
This temple is a devi temple. The Purana says that Sri Boyakonda Gangamma Devi is the sister of Sri Venketeswara Swamy. This makes Sri Gangamma a significant Goddess who is connected with Tirupati, and she is perhaps second to Sri Padmavathi Ammavaru. Sri Gangamma Devi is known to care and protect her devotees. According to legend, she addresses her devotees’ problems and ensures that they are swiftly resolved. This temple was constructed to consecrate the memory of the goddess having defeated the Nawab's army when it invaded. The temple receives up to 20,000 visitors a day.
Legend and stories
Legend has it that a few centuries ago, two tribes called as Boyas and Yelikas lived in the forest near the hill. Gangamma Devi was her chief deity. They prayed for good life and crops. But peace was broken by the Nawab’s invasion from the North. The two tribes united to repel the attackers. The Nawab feared a massive revolt and pulled out his main army to crush the Boyas and Yelikas. Tribal solidarity was not enough. Both tribes withdrew into the temple praying for the support and leadership of the Devi. Goddess Sakthi took a physical form, to crush the invading soldiers. According to legend, the anger of Devi was satiated only after separating the heads of the Navab soldiers who tried to harm her bhaktas.
How to reach the Boyakonda Gangamma temple
The nearest Bus stop is Pakala. The Nearest Railway station is Putalapattu station and nendragunta junction Railway Station. The Nearest Airport is Chennai and Tirupathi Airport.
Boyakonda Gangamma temple,
Bandlapai, Andhra Pradesh - 517280.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- For cure from skin ailments
- For a good agricultural yield
Sarva Mangala Maangalye Sive Sarvaardha Saadhike, Saranye Tryambake Gauri Naarayani Namosthuthe
Meaning -We offer you our salutations, Oh auspicious Naraayani, who is the good of all good, who can achieve everything and can offer refuge, Oh three-eyed Gowri.
Saranaangatha Dheenaartha Parithraana Paraayane Sarvasyaarthi Hare Devi Naaraayani Namosthuthe
Meaning -We offer salutations to you, Oh Narayani, who has the infinite power of creating, preserving and destroying. You are the basis and epitome of the 3 gunas.
Sarvaroope Sarvese Sarvasakthi Samanvithe, Bhayebhyastrahi No Devi Durge Devi Namosthuthe
Meaning -I offer my salutations to you mother Durga, who is present in all beings and has all power, save us from all our wrongdoings O mother of the universe.
Yaa Devi Sarva Bhooteshu Shakthi Roopena Samsthita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha
Meaning -Salutations to the Goddess who resides as Shakti in all beings.
The temple is open from 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. and 8.30 p.m.