The time had run so fast and I had finally reached the last day of my stay in Vijayawada. My stay in Vijayawada was much satisfying as I had thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of the place to the core of my heart’s content. My children and wife also had an awesome time there as the previous day we spent our time at the Rajiv Gandhi Park. My wife had done enough of shopping for herself and I had enjoyed a lot of food and clicked beautiful pictures. As it was the last day of my stay in Vijayawada, I again decided to fold the journey with a visit to a temple. So unanimously we decided to go to the Mangalagiri temple in Vijayawada.
Andhra Pradesh is mostly known for the opulence of cultural forms of lifestyle and the presence of number of traditional temples. Mangalagiri temple is one of them. The temple has two parts where one of the shrines is located atop the hills of Mangalagiri and the other one is located near the foothills. The hill top shrine is dedicated to Pankala Narasimha who is worshipped here and the shrine located in the foothills is dedicated to the consort of the former Lakshmi Narasimha.
The temple was founded by Yudhishtira long ago. The interior of the temple is sculpted with different art forms. Inscriptions found within the temple enfold certain episodes during the reign of the King of Vijayanagara. There is a temple tank placed adjacent to the central part of the temple which is believed to have been created by the God Himself.
The temple is followed by large number of tourists. It is said that when a solution of jiggery and water is offered to the deity, it disappears quickly. This is truly one of the most amazing things seen here. Till now it is mystery that where the solution disappears and this unusual occasion is attracted by large numbers of visitors.
There are numbers of festivals celebrated here in the temple during special occasions. The crowd exceeds to a further limit where the festivals are celebrated with much vigor. Festivals like Lakshmi Narasimha Jayanti, Sri Panaka Lakshmi Narasimha, Vaikuntha Ekadasi etc. are major ones.