The Rameshwara Swamy Temple in Achanta in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh is a famous temple of Lord Shiva.
About the Temple
Achanta is famous for an ancient temple of Rameswara Swami, one of the forms of Lord Shiva. Achanta was also called as Marthandapuram in the past and the Siva Lingam present in the temple is said to be swayambhoo (self-formed). The Lord is popularly called as Achanteswara Swami.There are about six Shiva lingas in this temple compound- Lakshmaneswara linga, Someswara linga, Markandeya linga, Bhimalinga, Skanda linga and Indra linga. The temple is also known for its beautiful architecture. The temple has a huge gopuram with five storeys at the entrance. On the top of this gopura, you can see two lions standing over the head of elephant. In between these two lions, you can see five Kalasha. A tall Dwajastambham can also be seen in front of the mukha mantapam inside the temple. As you see in most of the South-Indian Temples, there is a sacred pond, called as Pushkarini , beside the temple.
About the Deity
The presiding deity is Rameswara Swamy and is said to be a Swayambhu Linga, a self-manifested Shivalinga. This Swayambhu Linga is also known as Achannuteswarudu in the form of a female breast. It would be astonishing to see the delicate and detailed carving of two lions standing over the head of the elephant. There are sub-shrines in the temple for Lord Vigneshwara, Goddess Saraswathi and Saptamatrukalu.
Apart from regular poojas, abhishekams and festivals, Mahasivarathri is celebrated with much fervor and gaiety. The temple is flooded with devotees from all over the state to celebrate the Shivaratri festival to pray to Lord Rameshwara Swamy.
Buses are available from all places in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to reach this temple in Achanta in West Godavari. The nearest railway station is Relangi Railway Station, which is 28 km away from the temple. The nearest airport is Rajahmundry Airport which is 67 km away from the temple. Local buses and taxis are available to access the temple at Achanta in West Godavari.
Achanta Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple,
Peda Gopuram Veedhi,
Achanta-534 123 West Godavari, AP.
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.
Morning 6:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.