History of the Temple : KANYAKA PARMESWARI AALAYAM (Ammavari Shala)
Parameswara, Shiva Sankara, has sent down a small flow of water from his rounded plaits(Jatas) where he had stored the holy Ganga , to this holy town of “BHRADHNAPURI” which later on is being called Proddatur meaning almost the same in Telugu.Bradhna is the Sanskrit form for Proddu in Telugu which means Surya. In Tretayuga, Sri Rama Chandra halted here at Sun rise on his way to Ayodhya after killing Ravana. Hence the name Bradhna puri. Now coming to the flow of water from the Jetajutam of Adi Shankara small dhara became a river and is called Pinakini (now called Penna). The town is on its northern bank of the river.
Proddatur is well known not only in Andhra Pradesh but also throughout India for its great business. Especially gold and Cotton for its culture and poets. The business is mainly made progressive and prosperous by the 102 gotrajas of Vysyas.
If Penugonda on the bank of the river Godavari, is the birth place of “Akhilandeswari”, Adi Parashkthi Kaknyaka Parameswari, this Proddatur on the bank of Pinakini is the incarnation Playfield for her who is here as Her incarnation is called most dearly as Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari. With her blessings, Brahmana, Kshetriya, Vyasya, Sudra and People of other religions are flourishing here. This is the main stay for the 102 gotrajas. There is a popular saying here in this area that one who comes here for a living will never leave it. One must just know how to make a living and Ammavaru will look after the rest of the things. Now we are going to get acquainted with Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari Devi temple in the prosperous town, Proddatur.
Late Sri KAMI SETTY KONDIAH SRESTY was a devoted and a great Vysya here, one day Knayaka Parameswari dawned into his dream and asked her to build a temple in this town. Accordingly a vast temple for her ……………., built in the year 1890. A.D. From then the “Shala” as it is popularly known expanded traditionally and in the modern style, later on many Vigrahas have been added in the temple to raise its glory.
The basement of the temple is about 10 feet above the ground level. The ceiling is based on wide and round pillar which can not fully.

Be taken into two arms of a man with the longest arms. The ‘Shala is built on a square, Rangoon teak wood rafters are used to support the ceiling. Every vastu (the ancient science of building) principle has been followecd meticulously. The building has been so beautifully built that it has been a holy abode for the Goddess. For those who come under her shelter it is KALPAVRUKSHA the heavenly tree which fulfils every wish instantly. For HER devotees it is a Kamadhenu, the celestial cow of the heaven who can grant every desire of HER Bhaktas, for HER devotes the temple of hers is Parasuvedi the holy touchstone. Chintamani. This is a medical laboratory which produces elixir to cure all physical, mental and spiritual diseases.
The temple is the landmark of Proddatur with its tall and impressive tower. The devotees can see it from a long distance. This tower which houses the stone built spiral steps was constructed during the tenure of Late Sri Kopparapu Subbaiah as the President of the Arya Vysya Sabha of Proddatur. The tall stone pillar which has spiral steps around, it is awe-inspiring. This tower has been adopted as symbol by the APSRTC Depot for their buses. The same is being used by newspapers whenever they refer Proddatur. Some business concerns also use this symbol as a mark of special note since Proddatur Ammavarisal tower means Proddatur and vice versa.
Highly elevated pials, next to them are two majestic doors which can be only seen in palaces. Quite in front of the eastern door, there is the sanctum sanctorum of Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari the main deity on an elevated place. It is beautifully built with an appealing sculpture. Inside you will find the principal deity. The morning sunlight washes Her feet.
Sri Ammavaru is worshipped according to Smartha Agama Tradition of pooja. Everyday Shodashopachara Puja is performed. Devotees have her darshan and present her their wishes. Ammavaru who is kind to all her devotees grant their wishes soon. The devotees fulfil their vows and present her to their utmost mite.
If we worship and pray God with good and pure thought, god dawns on us good sense. This mutual sadbhava or good feeling between god and devotee results in the benefit of the people. By archana god/goddess will be pleased. Our lives will become fruitful on account of such a thing. Thus the 102 gotraja Vysyas will be eligible for the mercy of the Goddess. On either side of the entrance of the garbha gudi, Veerabhadra Swamy (southern side) and vighneswars (northern side) are standing guard to Vasavamba. Opposite to the second main entrance the aalayam of Sri Nagareswara Swamy, the principal deity of 102 Gotraja Vysya gives darshan. Nagareswara swamy is worshipped and respected by all and receives daily Abhishekam, Pujas and Nyvedyam. On important pious days special poojas are performed. There is Dwaja Sthambam in front of Nageswara Swamy Aalayam.
There are four broad and majestically tall and impressive four main pillars in front of the sanctum sanctorum of Kanyaka Parameswari. The space enclosed therein has a special prominence. In case of any disputes it is easily settled when the affected parties are seated there before elders. The jealousies, differences are easily erased.
They will come to an understanding and a mutually amicable and workable solution will be arrived at. The seeds of love and trust will be rejuvenated. That is the special effect of the place in front of Kanyakaparameswari Devi. That space between those four pillars is hence regarded by all with great veneration. Any individual with a heavy heart sits there praying for a while will be lightened. Such a phenomenon is rarely found anywhere else. This is the effect of the goddess. We are ever indebted to the goddess.
It is always fine to have done something good for the society. It gives us a kind of solace and fills our heart and soul with sweetness. Not only that, to know about such people, remember them often is as good as doing good. That gives us the same amount of happiness. Their live exhorts us to be good and do good. The footmarks of the great left behind in the desert sand of our lives will guide us to our goal.


Sivakrishna said...

Hi Please change Kanayaka as "Kanyaka" in Header page Heading --> Ammavarisala "Kanayaka" Parameshwari Devi Proddatur

Unknown said...

Yes this is true

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