Legend of Annavaram Temple Andhra Pradesh- Such a holy and famous temple of Hinduism comes at the top of the hills and everyone knows that hill by the name Ratnagiri hill. Why was that hill named Ratnagiri, there is an old story behind it too.
It is said that once the god of mountains, Meruvu, and his wife Menaka, together did severe penance for Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu pleased to see their severe penance and gave both of them the boon of two sons. One of them had a son named Bhadra and the other was Ratnakar.
Bhadra also pleased Lord Vishnu by doing severe penance and God also pleased with his penance and granted him the boon of becoming Bhadrachalam and the form of Lord Shri Ram was established on him forever.
Following in the footsteps of his brother, Ratnakar also pleased Lord Vishnu by doing penance. Pleased with his penance, Lord Vishnu granted him the boon of becoming Ratnagiri (hill) and Lord Vishnu himself sat on that Ratnagiri hill and the form in which he appeared was his incarnation of Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swami.
History of Annavaram Temple
The famous temple of Satyanarayana Swami built in the Dravidian style in 1891 by Raja Ramnarayan, who was the zamindar of Gorsa and Kirlampudi estates. Lord Ramdev came in the dream of King Ramnarayan and ordered the construction of the temple. Raja Ramnarayan placed an idol on Ratnagiri hill and started worship. Later the temple constructed in the year 1933-34 and again in 2011-2012.
The glory and prosperity of Lord Satyadeva (Satyanarayana Swamy) was widely described in Revakhanda of Skandapuram. According to the legend, Sri Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagara during his capture of Kalinga used the secret underground passage in the hills to attack the enemies. The famous Indian revolutionary Alluri Sitarama Raju used the secret underground in these hill ranges during the British Raj.