9th-century temple in Annamayya district gears up for Sri Rama Navami festivities

Unlike the other temples where the ‘Kalyanotsavam’ of Lord Rama and Goddess Seetha Devi is celebrated on Sri Rama Navami, at Valmikipuram, it is observed on the next day, in tune with the birth star of Goddess Seetha

Published - March 29, 2023 07:40 pm IST - RAYACHOTI

The processional deities of Lords Rama and his consorts riding the ‘Kalpavriksha Vahanam’ at Valmikipuram in Annamayya district on Wednesday.

The processional deities of Lords Rama and his consorts riding the ‘Kalpavriksha Vahanam’ at Valmikipuram in Annamayya district on Wednesday. | Photo Credit: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Having missed the festivities of Sri Rama Navami Brahmotsavams in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by the low-profile celebrations in 2022, the temple of Lord Sri Pattabhi Rama Swamy in Valmikipuram town is gearing up for a grand celebration of the festival this year on March 30, followed by Kalyanotsavam, the cynosure of devotees, on March 31.

Unique to Valmikipuram

The annual Brahmotsavams of this 9th-century temple are currently in full swing, with the processions of the deities riding on the ‘vahanas’ (celestial vehicles) on the temple streets. Unlike the other temples where the ‘Kalyanotsavam’ of Lord Rama and Goddess Seetha Devi is celebrated on Sri Rama Navami, at Valmikipuram, it is observed on the next day, in tune with the birth star of Goddess Seetha, “Aslesha Nakshatram”.

One of its kind
The Sri Pattabhi Rama Swamy of Valmikipuram, on the Tirupati-Madanapalle highway, is the only temple with the idols of Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata, Shatrugna, and Sita Devi consecrated as a cluster in its sanctum sanctorum.

Located on the busy Tirupati-Madanapalle highway, the mandal headquarters draws its name from the sage Valmiki. It is the only temple with the idols of Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata, Shatrugna, and Sita Devi consecrated as a cluster in its sanctum sanctorum.

Sri Rama Navami is a household festival here. The locals here insist that the visitors do not leave the town without getting a darshan at the temple.

History of a thousand years

The temple’s recorded history dates back a millennium and was a witness to the royal visits of Chhatrapati Sivaji, Tippu Sultan, Krishna Devaraya, and several Vijayanagara kings. Inscriptions and the temple records also refer to the visits of saint-poet Tallapaka Annamacharya and many British officers. The temple’s glory is also mentioned in one of the sankeerthanas of Annamayya.

The temple was brought under the ambit of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) a few years ago. Immediately after the bifurcation of the united Andhra Pradesh in 2014, the people of Valmikipuram undertook a vibrant campaign to win the ‘State temple’ status for the Pattabhirama Swamy Temple to celebrate Sri Rama Navami on the lines of Bhadrachalam but the Vontimitta temple of Kadapa district was given the honours.

The local elders said that the ensuing three events of Sri Rama Navami, Kalyanotsavam, and Rathothsavam are prominent.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in

Comments

Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.

news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news