The temple in Amaravati, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is one of the pancharama kshetras in Andhrapradesh. The temple is also called Amaralingeswara Swamy or Amararama.It is located on the southern bank of the Krishna River.Legend has it that the Shivalinga at this temple has been installed by Lord Indra.
The Sivalinga here is very tall that the archakas mount a pedestal platform, and perform the daily rituals as well as Abhisheka. The linga in the sanctum sanctorum is tall and has a red stain on it. It is said that the Shivalinga used to grow in size and to stop this from happening, it was struck by a nail. Following this, the linga began bleeding, which is cited as the reason for the red stain.
Amaravati temple has also a wealth of inscriptions on its walls like those of the Kota chiefs of Amaravati and of Sri Krishandevaraya, the great Vijayanagara emperor. On a pillar in the Mukhamantapa the wife of Proli Nayudu, who was minister of Kota King Ketaraja, has left an inscription
The main festivals in the temple are the Mahashivaratri, which comes in the Magha Bahula Dasami and the Navaratri and the Kalyana Utsavas. Amaravati is thus an important Kshetra situated at a particularly sacred spot of the holy river Krishna and is a consecrated place of worship, of importance to Hinduism.
The nearest airport is Vijayawada airport which is 59 KM away
The Pedakurapadu is the nearest railway station to reach the temple.
APSRTC ply frequently buses between Amaravati and Guntur.
Best time to visit is from January to December.
Timings: 6.00 AM To 12.00 PM
4.00 PM To 8.00 PM
Pedakakani: This village is famous for the Kakani Malleswara Swamy Temple, which was constructed during the rule of the Vijayanagara king Krishnadevaraya.
Chebrole: It is said that there were around 1,000 temples in Chebrole long ago. Once you reach Chebrole, the possibility of the same doesn't seem unlikely as you will be able to see a temple in every direction you look.
Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary: Migratory birds from various countries such as Serbia and Australia flock to the Uppalapadu
Mahachaitya: Amaravati Mahachaitya is one of the most prominent sites of Buddhist pilgrimage in south India
Undavalli Caves: The caves have been cut from the northern slope of a hill and have three levels.
Mangalagiri: Located in the Guntur district, Mangalagiri is a town synonymous with the gorgeous sari of the same name that is made here.