Jonnawada is located in Butchireddipalem Mandal, in Nellore in Andhra Pradesh. It is located on the banks of River Pennar.
About the temple
Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy and Kamakshi amma temple are nestled in Jonnawada village which is 13 km away from Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh. The main deity Lord Shiva is worshipped here in the divine form of Lord Mallikarjuna along with his consort Goddess Kamakshi Ammavaru. Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy and Kamakshiamma temple consist of shrines dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi and Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy. It is believed that those who visit this temple have their wishes granted by the Sri Mallikarjuna and Goddess Kamakshi. Other strong beliefs of devotees are that one’s sins are cleansed after visiting this temple and all the diseases and illnesses are cured off. The Kalyanotsavam puja is attended and witnessed by many devotees. After the prayers are concluded, devotees can take a dip in the Penna River and in the Kacthpateertham (KashyapaTeertham) lake. The Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy and Kamakshiamma is one of the three temples of Kamakshidevi. The remaining two are- Sri Kamakshi Temple at Shiroda in Goa and the Sri Kamadchi-Ampal-Tempel in Hamm, Germany.
Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy temple and Kamakshi Amma temple were constructed during 1150 AD. The Sri Chakram was installed in the temple complex by Sri Jagadguru Aadi Sankaracharya. The flag mast and the gopuram of the temple are decorated with five Kalasham made out of gold. The devotees take a holy dip into Kachapa Teertham before entering into the sanctum. The Raja gopuram on this temple is wonderfully carved in beautiful designs and patterns with the portraits of gods and goddesses carved on it.
There is bus service from Nellore to Jonnawada. For the convenience of the pilgrims there are choultries of the Devastanam and TTD and also private choultries. Every year, during the celebration of Brahmstsavam in the month of Vaisaka, lakhs of devotees throng the holy centre to worship the goddess to attain salvation and Friday is the day very dear to Kamakshitai. One can find persons, persecuted by evil spirits, circumambulating in the temple precinct. A bathing ghat has been built on the bank of the Penna, for the convenience of the pilgrims.
Legend and stories
In Treta Yuga sage Kashyapa visited the earth as he wanted to conduct a Yagya. He chose north of Vedadri as a place to perform Yagya. After completion of the Yagya, a bright light appeared which spread over the entire earth. Lord Shiva appeared as Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy from the fire of Yagya. Thus, the place is known as Yagnavatika Jonnawada.
Apart from regular pujas and Abhishekams, Brahmotsavam festival is celebrated annually during Vaisakha Month. Devotees visit the temple during the festivals to get the blessings of Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy and Goddess Kamakshi Ammavaru. A special puja is performed every Friday as it is a day very dear to Kamakshi amma.
Some TTD Managed rooms are available.
Buses are available from all the places in Andhra Pradesh to reach the temple at Jonnawada which is 13 km away from Nellore.
Nellore is the nearby railway station which is 12 km away from the temple.
The Tirupati Airport is the nearby airport in Renigunta which is 132 km away from the temple. Bus and Taxi services are available from here to access the temple.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Freedom from diseases
- Relief from adverse effects from bad planetary aspects
- Relief from bondage
Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey
Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.
Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum
Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.
Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram
Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.
Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami
Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.