About the Temple
Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy and Kamakshi amma temple are nestled in Jonnawada village which is 13 km away from Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh. The main deity Lord Shiva is worshipped here in the divine form of Lord Mallikarjuna along with his consort Goddess Kamakshi Ammavaru. Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy and Kamakshiamma temple consist of shrines dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi and Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy. It is believed that those who visit this temple have their wishes granted by the Sri Mallikarjuna and Goddess Kamakshi. Other strong beliefs of devotees are that one’s sins are cleansed after visiting this temple and all the diseases and illnesses are cured off. The Kalyanotsavam puja is attended and witnessed by many devotees. After the prayers are concluded, devotees can take a dip in the Penna river and in the Kacthpateertham (KashyapaTeertham) lake. The Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy and Kamakshiamma is one of the three temples of Kamakshidevi. The remaining two are- Sri Kamakshi Temple at Shiroda in Goa and the Sri Kamadchi-Ampal-Tempel in Hamm, Germany.
History of the Temple
Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy temple and Kamakshi Amma temple were constructed during 1150 AD. The Sri Chakram was installed in the temple complex by Sri Jagadguru Aadi Sankaracharya. The flag mast and the gopuram of the temple are decorated with five Kalasham made out of gold. The devotees take a holy dip into Kachapa Teertham before entering into the sanctum. The Raja gopuram on this temple is wonderfully carved in beautiful designs and patterns with the portraits of gods and goddesses carved on it.
Legends of the Temple
In Treta Yuga sage Kashyapa visited the earth as he wanted to conduct a Yagya. He chose north of Vedadri as a place to perform Yagya. After completion of the Yagya, a bright light appeared which spread over the entire earth. Lord Shiva appeared as Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy from the fire of Yagya. Thus, the place is known as Yagnavatika Jonnawada.
Festivals and Celebrations
Apart from regular pujas and Abhishekams, Brahmotsavam festival is celebrated annually during Vaisakha Month. Devotees visit the temple during the festivals to get the blessings of Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy and Goddess Kamakshi Ammavaru.
A special puja is performed every Friday as it is a day very dear to Kamakshi amma.
How to reach
By Bus: Buses are available from all the places in Andhra Pradesh to reach the temple at Jonnawada which is 13 km away from Nellore.
By Train: Nellore is the nearby railway station which is 12 km away from the temple.
By Air: Tirupati Airport is the nearby airport in Renigunta which is 132 km away from the temple. Bus and Taxi services are available from here to access the temple.