Lakshmi Narasimha Temple is situated in Antarvedi, East Godavari district of the Andhra Pradesh. Antarvedi also called as “Dakshina Kashi (Kashi of the South)”. It draws people from different locations throughout the year because of its unique importance: the confluence of Bay of Bengal, Vashishtha River and a tributary of River Godavari.
The place of confluence where the mighty ocean Bay of Bengal meets the Vashishtha River is called the "Sapta Sagara Sangama Pradesam" and also as "Anna Chelli Gattu". One can even taste the water here as it is not salty but quite sweet. This place is the last and the most important of the seven sacred bathing places. It is popularly believed that the Tretha Yugam episode of Ksheera Sagara Mathanam took place here.
It is said that there will be no re-birth on taking a dip at these places and on offering charities there. Performing ceremonial formalities to the ancestors at this holy-shrine is equivalent to those done at Gaya and Ganges.
In Kritayuga, Sage Sounaka and his colleagues gathered in Naimisaranya to coundut Satrayaga in their Leisure time, they used to learn about distinguished and significant historical India Shrines from suta, a quaranic narrator. One day, they asked him to tell about the greatness and significance of Antarvedi Shrine and of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha. Suta was Pleased to tell the story which was once told by Lord Brahma to Sage Narada.
Once Narada asked Lord Brahma to tell about the historical back ground of the Antarvedi, Lord Brahma spoke as follows.
Sage Vasishta after mingling the Goutam Branch of the river Godavari into the Sea established his ashram Lord Brahma, to get freed from the sins committed against Lord Sankara, performed Rudrayaga and installed Lord Neela Kantheswara there. As that Place was made a stage or ‘Vedik’.to perform the Yaga, it was named as “ANTARVEDI” It is the place beside the vasishta river.
After some time, Raktavilochana, the son of Hiranyaksha, did tremendous penance for ten thousand years on the banks of the Vasishta river, to please Lord Siva and to get his Grace Lord Sanjara was very much please with his penance and appeared before him. He promised to bless him with whatever he would desire. Raktavilochana asked him that the number of sand particles drenched by the blood drops failing from his body on to the ground at war, would produce equal number of Rakshasas as strong and vigorous as himself after and they would assist him at was and become one with him after Killing all the enemies.
Lord Sankara was astonished at the demon’s uncommon desire, but as per the promise, being impressed of his penance had concerned to his desire. Then the rakshasas pride knew no bounds. He started harassing brahmine, the Gods, the saints and the cows and obstructed yagas and Vedic-recitals.
Sage Viswamitra found opportunity to take revenge against Sage Vasishta and provoke Raktavilochana to kill Vasishta’s 100 sons, wept a lot for the death of her son and prayed to Vasishta who was then at Brahmaloka. The Sage by his divine vision could come to know of what all happened at his hermitage. He returned to his ashram and prayed for Lord Narasimha’s grace.
Then to save his devotees, Lord Narasimha along with Goddess Lakshmi, Charioted on Garuda Vahana and appeared before Vasishta. Vasishta after singing his glory, appealed about the arrogance of the demon and his cruelty in killing his sons. He then prayed to the Lord to descend at his ashram, after killing the demon, so that he would worship him always.
Lord Narahari blows the “panchajanya” inviting the demon to the war. Raktavilochana heard the thundering noise of the panchajanyaand like a cyclone enveloped the lord and engulfed him to fight with him. He shot all type of weapons at the Lord. Lord Narahari could attack and smash those with his only weapons the ‘Sudarsana’ the chakrayudh wounded the sensitive parts of the demon’s body. As a result of which blood-shed took place. The soil particles drenched by the blood droops falling on to the ground from his body, produced equal number of demons as strong and vigorous as Raktavilochana. Demons having been thus generated, began hurting Garuda who attacked them in such a way that they could not with stand him. The demon-King saw this and threw his weapon one after another at Garuda which could not do any things against him, as Lord Narahari destroyed them on the way with Sudarsana Chakrayudha.
In addition to that he created ‘Maya Sakthi’ to manage stopping the fall of blood drops from Rakta Vilochana’s body to the ground. At last, after a thought fight with the demon, Lord Narahari killed by cutting his hand with Chakrayudha, with the same Sudharsanacharka, he killed the demons also. Then the blood stopped by Maya Sakthi from falling ground, was released by her as a reddish river, Knows as the “Raktakulya”. This river can’t be passed over even Bhetala and devils. Maya Sakthi rode a Horse, and so is called as “Aswarudhamba” or “Gurralakka” The place where the Lord after Killing the demons washed his Chakrayudha, become popular as “Chakrateertham” A dip at the place washed away all the sins. When the Lord wiped of the troubling demon, Vasishta expressed his desire of establishing his Holiness at his hermitage. The Lord was pleased to fulfil his desire.
Sage Vasishta on an auspicious day, in the Presence of all Gods and angles with all Vedic formalities, erected Lord Narahari at Antaravedi all of them said their prayers to the Lord and sang His glory. Then the lord told them about the significant greatness of the shrine in future. He described Antarvedi in many ways as the easiest means for achieving the ultimate Mukti.
The temple remains open daily from 6 AM to 7 PM.
· Kalyanamohasthavams Magh sudda Sapthami to Magha Bhhula Payamis
· Sri Swamy Vari Kalyanam (Magha Sudda Dasami)
· Rathayatra Magha Sudha Ekadasi
· Sri Venkateswara Swamy kalyanam, Jasta Sudha Ekadasi.
· Sri Narasimha Jayanthi (Vysakha Sudha Chaturdasi)
Nearby Places to Visit:
· Guralakka Temple
· Anjaneya Temple
· Kshetra Palakudu
· Sthana Gatta
· Sagara Sangam
· Vasishta River
· Raktakulya River
City : Antarvedi
Dist. : East Godavari
State : Andhra Pradesh
Country : India
PIN : 533252
How to Reach:
The nearest airport is at Rajahmundry, about 100 km away from the temple and is well connected to major cities of India. Other major airport nearby is at Vijayawada (173 km) and Visakhapatnam (267 km).
The nearest railway station is at Rajahmundry, 93 km away and is well connected to major cities of India. It lies on Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam section of Howrah-Chennai rail route.
APSRTC and other private travels operate regular buses to Narsapur. After reaching there, you can take a ferry ride to Antarvedi. Also, there are regular buses from Rajahmundry, Kakinada and Amalapuram which takes you to the Antardevi
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