Antarvedi is another shrine located in the East Godavari district. The Godavari River, which splits into three tributaries, joins the Bay of Bengal at the confluence of the Vashishta Godavari. Antarvedi is located on a triangular (Lanka) island. For those who can’t go to Kashi, it is enough to go to Antarvedi once.
Antarvedi: Antarvedi is another shrine located in the East Godavari district. The Godavari River, which splits into three tributaries, joins the Bay of Bengal at the confluence of the Vashishta Godavari. Antarvedi is located on a triangular (Lanka) island. The famous Sri Lakshminarasimhaswamy Punyatirtha is a shrine that fulfills the desires of the devotees. The temple is also mentioned in the Puranas. This is the oldest temple. Here Narasimhaswamy can be found with Lakshmi Sametu. Situated on the sea shore, this temple is very special. It is also known as South Kashi. Those who cannot go to Kashi are told that once they go to Antarvedi it is enough. One can bathe in the holy Godavari and visit Lakshminarasimhaswamy.
It is known that Shaunakadi told the sages about the Antarvedi of Sutamahamu. Once Brahma decided to perform Rudrayagam and chose this place as the venue for Yaga and consecrated the Shivalinga. It is believed that this is why the place got the name Antarvedi. It is popularly known as Antarvedi as it is dedicated to Lord Vashishta. Brahma performed the Maha Rudrayagam by enshrining the Parvati Nilakantheshwars in the middle of the land where it meets the Godavari sea brought by Vashishta as a remedy for his Shiva worship. Since then, the shrine, known as the shrine to Brahma, has become famous as the Antarvedi.
Myth of the place:
Raktavalochanu, the son of Hiranyaksh, a demon who meditated for many years on the banks of this unique Godavari and sought a boon from Lord Shiva. If the drops of blood that fall from the body of a bloodthirsty person fall on the sand grains, he is blessed to have strong bloodthirsty outgrowth of those sandstones. He would torture the Brahmins and cows who proudly perform Yajnas. Once in a fight between Vishwamitra and Vashishta, a bloodthirsty man came to Vishwamitra’s command and created terror. He killed Vashishta’s hundred sons. Vashishta Maharshi prays to Sri Mahavishnu and Vishnumurti comes with Lakshmisametu to slay Raktalochanu in the incarnation of Narahari. With the Sudarshan Chakra launched by Narahari, thousands of demons are born from the sand particles that bleed from the body of the bloodthirsty. Narasimha realizes this and uses his magic to prevent all the blood from the body from falling to the ground. He causes it to flow into a river called Raktakulya and kills it by launching the Sudarshan Chakra on Raktavalochanudi. After the extermination of this demon, at the request of Vashishta, Narahari appeared here as Lakshminarasimhaswamy. Legends say that Sri Mahavishnu cleaned his chakra weapon in this Raktakulya. It is said that taking a holy bath in this pool of blood removes all sins.
According to another story, when the Swami who killed Hiranyakashipu threw the body into space, it fell in this area and hence the name Antarvedi.
Tretayugam .. Mention of this field even in Dvapara Yugan:
It is also known from the stone inscriptions that Lord Rama visited the Vashishtashrama with Lakshmana and Hanuman in the Third Age and lived there for a few days with Lakshmi Narasimhamoorthy. Chemakura Venkatakavi in his’ Vijayaya Vilasamu ‘and Srinatha Kavisarvabhauma’ in ‘Harivilasam’ describe how the Pandava mediator Arjuna visited ‘Antarvedi’ during the Dwapa era.
The present temple dates back to AD. It seems to have been built over 300 years ago. It is believed that the first temple built by the Pallavas was destroyed and rebuilt. The temple was owned by the Mughal dynasty. Today it is run under the auspices of the Department of Charities.
During the wilderness, Lord Rama traveled through this village in the third age and said to Sita, “Sakhi! This is today’s village. Let’s rest here! ” That being said. Since then, they have been known as Sakhinetipalli. When Sri Ramachandra, accompanied by Sitalakshmana, came to Dandakaranya, Antarvedi visited Nrusimha. Arjuna took an Antarvedi bath and visited the Lord as part of his pilgrimage to atone for his error.
Antarvedi Tirtha Ekadashi:
On Ekadashi, the day after the Narasimhaswamy Divya Kalyana Mahotsavam with Rajyalakshmi on Magha Shuddha Dashami, the newlyweds make a rath yatra in grand style to pay homage to Narasimhaswamy Akka Mayashakti and Ashvarudhamba (Gurralakka). Bhishma’s father, who collapsed due to Arjuna’s drunkenness in the battle of Kurukshetra, waited on Ampashayya for the Uttarayana pilgrimage. Legend has it that on the days of (Ratha) Saptami, (Bhishma) Ashtami, (Madhya) Navami, (Brahmatmaka) Dasami, (Bhishma) Ekadashi, Panchaprana died on a daily basis. Hence this Ekadashi is called Bhishma Ekadashi and Antarvedi Tirtha Ekadashi.
Do you know that Anjaneyaswamy is guarding the field with chains to prevent the sea from entering the field ..!