ï»¿Sri Adikesava Embermannar Swamy Temple is one of the most important and historic places of worship for Vaishnavites. It is located at Narsapur in the district of West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh. The major town from this temple, Eluru is at 65 kms distance.
Sri Adikesava Embermannar Swamy temple was constructed around 200 years ago. It was built by Sri Ramanappa Naidu. Its design and architecture is kind of similar to the famous temple of Sriperumbudur temple, which is located in Tamil Nadu. Sriperumbudur temple is widely popular as Avatar Sthala of Saint Ramanuja, who was a great philosopher of Vaishnavism. Due to its resemblance to Bhootapuri temple, it is also known by the other name Abhinava Bhootapuri. This famous temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
The altar or aasanam of Sri Emberumanar Swamy is known as Thrivedi and Bhadravedi, which signify the authority of Swamy in all kinds of Sruthis like Ghataka, Abheda, and Bheda. In the temple, there is the main deity of Sri Adikesavaperumal along with his consorts like Bhudevi, Sreedevi. There is also an idol of Sri Emberumanar. On one side of the shrine lies the sanctum sanctorum of Sree Yatirajanathavallithayar and on the other side lies of Sri Ramanuja. It is the only temple where Goddess Lakshmi is denoted with the name of the Lord i. e. Yatirajanathavallithayar from Yathiraja (Ramanuja).
Sri Adikesava Embermannar Swamy Temple is known for the annual celebration of Brahmotsavam festival, which takes place between months of April and May. Its splendor lasts even for days. Devotees celebrate this auspicious day with great enthusiasm and pomp. On this day, devotees come from all parts of the country to attend the grand festivities. Apart from it, Thirunakshatra Utsavams are also celebrated at this temple. The main thing about this festival is Thadiyaradhana that means Bhagavatha and seva. It is celebrated from the past three hundred years.
Visitors can ideally spend an hour to two at this temple in order to roam surroundings. One can take part in the daily ritual of the temple, where Archanas and Asthothram are performed to Goddess Shakti and Lord Shiva. It is best to visit Sri Adikesava Embermannar Swamy temple in winters during months of October to March. It is a very peaceful place where people get connected to spirituality. One can attend its grand festivities to take all in. It is recommended to wear modest clothes and try to avoid short ones while visiting this holy place.
Sri Adikesava Embermannar Swamy temple remains open on all days of the week and can be visited during timings 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM.