Avanakshamma temple is located in Narayanavanam, Chittoor District. It is located 40 km away from Tirupathi (on Tirupathi-Chennai road). In past, Narayanavanam was the capital of Kavetinagar Suryavanshi Raja’s and the Fort is located behind Avanakshamma temple.
Avanakshamma (small) idol is Swayambu and a bigger idol is installed later on. Lord Brahma installed and worshipped Avanakshamma.
It is located close to river Aruni. Agasthya Muni named her as “Amnayakshi” which means Goddess with “Vedas as her eyes”. She is also called as “Avanasini Devi” which later on changed as” Avanakshamma”.
Since Goddess Parvathi, over the request of Lord Brahma and other deities saved Vedas here from Asuras, she is called Amnakshamma.
Goddess Padmavathi Devi offered prayers to Avanakshamma before her wedding with Lord Sri Venketeswara Swamy. She did Gowri Pooja in this temple. This temple is said to have been built by Akasaraja’s (father of Padmavathi Devi) grandfather and now this temple is being renovated and brought under the control of TTD.
How to reach Avanakshamma Temple?
40 km from Tirupati, One should get down at Narayanavanam which is on the way, from Tirupati to Uthukottai
From Narayanavanam, it is either by walk for a km or by auto rickshaw
Puttur is the nearest railway station. Narayanavanam is 5 km from Puttur.
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