The Vaishnava Divya Kshetram
Located at a distance of 60 kms from Kakinada, 20 kms from Rajahmundry and 110 kms from Amalapuram, is the Korukonda Temple, an ancient and historical temple, a Vaishnava Divya Kshetram, a prominent temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu Avataram. It is called Korukonda `where koru means wish and konda means hill in telugu'. Thus, it is a wishing hill or God who immediately heeds to the wishes of the devotees. The presiding deity here is Lord Sri Narasimha Swamy. Here at Korukonda, the Lord is known as "Satvika Narasimha'', because he is accompanied here by his consort, Lakshmi Devi. There two temples of Lord Sri Narasimha Swamy in this village. One is at the top of a steep and narrow hill adjacent to the village, and the other temple at the foot of the hill Of the two temples, one is a Swayambhu (self originating) and the other one which has been installed. The swayambhuvu is situated at the top of the hill which a pilgrim can access only through a long flight of 650 steps which are very steep and narrow. Because of this steepness, this temple has been called Korukonda.. The Swayambhu deity is situated at about 120 mts height atop the hill. The temple of swayambuvu deity which is atop of the hill measures about 9 inches in height.
The temple of the deity which was installed is at the foot of the hill and has much sculpted beauty around it. There are number of shila shasanams (scripted stones) which have appeared at the temple as well as on the top of the hill. The temple was constructed about 700-800 years ago by the family of Parasara Bhattar, whose descendants continue to oversee the affairs of the temple as the trustees of this temple to this day.
It is said that the great sage Sri Srinatha in his poetry stated that Korukonda is "Vedadri". And this belief is said to be supported by the shila shasanam inscripted in the year1443 A.D and subsequently found at Lakshmaneswaram Village, Narsapur Taluk, W.G. District.
The festivals that are celebrated here are:
Sri Swamy Vari Kalyana Mahostavam (Phalguna Suddha Ekadasi) (March).
Telugu New Years Day (Chaitra Suddha Padyami) (March/April).
Sri Ramunjula Vari Thiru Nakshtram (May).
Godavari Pushkara Mahostavam (Sravana Masam - Entrance of Guru in Simha Rasi) (July/August once in 12 Years).
Sri Vaishnava Krishnastami.
Navarathri Utsavam (Sri Lakshmi Poojalu) ( Asveeja Suddha Padyami) (October).
Dhanurmasa Rituals ( Margasira Masam) (December).
Mukkoti Mahostavam (Sudda Ekadasi) (January).
Pilgrims who wish to visit this temple have to either stay at Rajahmundry or Kakinada where there are a lot of options for a comfortable stay.
One can contact the temple authorities at:
Person-in-Management, Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, PP.PCO (Post Office) Korukonda, Korukonda Mandal, East Godavari District. Pin 533 289.