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Shri Raja Rajeshwara Swami,Shiva
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This famous Hindu temple is one of the very old and powerful ones devoted to Lord Shiva, popularly known as Dakshina Kashi. A Dargah within the precincts of the temple stands as an ample evidence for religious tolerance
.Shri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy temple is one of the ancient and famous Shiva temples in the Andhra Pradesh. The shrine in the temple is famous for the architectural grandeur and spiritual sanctity and is one of the famous Shaivite temples in Andhra Pradesh State. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Raja Rajeshwara in the form of “Neela Lohitha Shiva Linga" known for his boundless benevolence in fulfilling the wishes of the devotees. This shrine of the temple is popularly known as ‘Dakshina Kasi’ and also as “Harihara Kshetram” , there being two Vaisnava temples in main temple complex.
Bhavishyothara Purana mentions that the Sun-God [Surya Bhagavan] recovered from disability by praying at the shrine here and so this shrine is termed as “Bhaskara Kshethram”. Indra- the King of Astadikpalaka by devoutly worshipping Lord Shri Raja Rajeshwara-the presiding deity of the shrine, purified himself from Brahmahatya Dosham.
It is said that during 750 to 973 AD, this temple was built by Raja Narendra-the grandson of Parikshit, who in turn was the grandson of Arjuna, was not only cured of Leprosy by which he was afflicted by virtue of killing Muniputra accidentally, by taking bath in Dharmagundam [Pushkarni] but also was blessed by Lord Shri Raja Rajeshwara and Goddess Shri Raja Rajehwari Devi in a vision. He also received blessings with directions to build a temple and install ‘Shiva Linga’ which was laying in the bed of the Pushkarni.
The temple picturesquely stands on the bank of a large tank called as Gudicheruvu. The Garbha Griha has “Shri Lakshmi Ganapathi”. Lord Raja Rajeshwara appears in the form of Neelalohitha Shiva Linga. Goddess Shri Raja Rajeshwari Devi and Nandeeshwara are seen facing the Lord. The temple encloses Shri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy , Shri Seetharama Chandra Swamy , and Shri Anjaneya Sahitha Kasi Visweswara Swamy.
Other deities in the temple are Shri Dakshina Murthy, Shri Valli Devasena Sametha Subramanya Swamy, Shri Bala Tripura Sundari Devi, Shri Someshwaralayam, Shri Uma Maheshwaralayam, Shri Mahisasura Mardhani, Kotilinga, and Shri Kala Bhairava Swamy.
Mahasivarathri JathraMahasivarathri Jathra is a very major and notified festival in this Devasthanam. Lakhs of pilgrims from all corners of the State and from other States also visit this shrine during the Jathra and offer their vows to Lord Raja Rajeshwara. Temple would be opened round the clock during the Jathra. Elaborate arrangements would be made for the convenience of pilgrims under instructions of the District Collector & Chairman of Mahasivarathri Jathra Co-ordination committee and the Govt. Departments in the district would partake in festive arrangements. On Mahasivarathri festival day, Maha Lingarchana & Lingodbhavakala Mahanyasa Purvaka Eakadasa Rudrabhisekam would be performed in a befitting manner in adherence to Vedic Injunction at 6.30 P.M. & midnight respectively. The State Government offers Pattu Vastrams to the Presiding deity on this festival day.
Sreerama Navarathrotsavams Sreerama Navarathrotsavams – Vaisnavate festival would be performed in this temple. On Navami day, Sri Seetharama Chandra Swamy Varla Kalyanotsavam & Rathotsavam would be performed in a grand manner and Lakhs of devotees visit this temple and witness the celebrations. Elaborate arrangements would be made for the convenience of pilgrims.
Othere Festivals – Other important festivals being celebrated in this Devasthanam are; Sri Siva Kalyanotsavam [5 days - festival]; Sri Hanumath Jayanthi; Sri Ganesha Navarathrotsavams; Sri Devi Navarathrotsavams; Deepavali; Sravana Masotsavam; Kartheeka Masotsavam; Sri Sankara Jayanthi; Sri Geetha Jayanthi; Sri Thyagaraja Aaradhanotsvam [5 days – festival]