Sri Pallalamma Ammavari Temple
Situated on the banks of River Gowthami, where every second person is named as either "Pallamraju", or "Pallamma", or "Pallalamma" as a mark of respect and devotion to the Goddess, is the Temple of Sri Pallalamma Devi of Vanapalli. It is regarded as one of the greatest and the most powerful Temples in Andhra Pradesh.
This village Vanapalli, back then, was under the administrative control of Maharaja (king) of Pithapuram. One day the Maharaja dreamt about Sri Pallalamma Devi who asked him to offer fruits to her and thereby promising in return to give him and his family health and wealth. Abiding Sri Pallalamma Devi’s wish he offered her fruits and also donated land for the Temple.
Legend also has it that, Sir Arthur Thomas Cotton, Father of the Godavari Barrage, at the time of digging the main canal from Rajahmundry to Kundaleswaram (Via) Vanapalli, thought that the Temple of Sri Sri Pallalamma Devi’s Temple might obstruct the way of the canal and wanted to dismantle it. At this time Sri Pallalamma Devi appeared in his dream and told him that he could go ahead with his plans and that her temple will not obstruct the way of
canal and that he can continue to dig the canal without dismantling the same and that she will extend her "Shakthi" (power) during the period of digging. Finally, Sir Arthur Cotton could complete the digging of canal with the blessings of Sri Pallalamma Devi and thereafter paid his due respects to Goddess Sri Pallalamma Devi.
One can see Goddess Sri Pallalamma Devi seated in a cross legged posture. One can also see a statue of "Jackal" is under the feet of Sri Pallalamma Devi and the idol of Lord Vighneswara facing "South" which is very important for this temple.
POOJAS AND FESTIVALS
Poojas and Archana karyakramams here are performed in this as per tradition of "Gramadevatha Agama Sastra". Every year after Vysakha Poornima( in the month of "Vysakha"-May), a festival is celebrated on Tuesday which continues for one whole month. Apart from this, every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday are regarded as important and auspicious days by the devotees.
There are no accommodations available here and one has to stay at either Amalapuram or Rajahmundry or Kakinada.
HOW TO REACH
It is located at a distance of 21 Kms from Amalapuram, 55 Kms from Rajahmundry, and 70 Kms from Kakinada (Via Ravulapalem).
The Person-in-Management, Sri pallalamma Ammavari Devasthanam, Vanapalli(V), Kothapeta Mandal, East Godavari District. pin - 533 228