Hamsaladeevi Venugopalaswamy Temple

Hamsaladeevi Venugopalaswamy Temple is an ancient temple in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh. The presiding deities of Hamsaladeevi Temple are – Sri Rukmini Satyabhama Sametha Sri Venugopalaswamy (Lord Krishna).

The river Krishna branches in to two streams at Puligadda near Avanigadda. The eastern stream empties into the Bay of Bengal at Palakayi Tippa, 5 kilometres from Hamsaladeevi. Tippa or Dibba in Telugu means elevated land. The western stream again branches into three streams, Lankavani Dibba Krishna, Naasagunta Krishna, and Venisagaram Krishna, and then empties into the Bay of Bengal.

There is also an old Venugopalaswamy (Lord Krishna) temple at Hamsaladeevi. People celebrate ‘Magha Pournami’ (February) as a holy day. That day Anna Daanam (food-donation) is done for who ever comes to visit this place.

Hamsaladeevi can be reached by bus from Vijayawada or from Gudivada. There are regular buses from Avanigadda which is the nearest big town.

The major festivals celebrated at Hamsaladeevi Temple are – Ugadi (Telugu New Year), Sri Ramanavami, Nirjala Ekadashi, Tholi Ekadashi, Shravana Masam, Sri Krishna Janmashtami (Gokulashtami), Karthika Masam, Karthika Ekadashi, Vaikunta Ekadashi, Makara Sankranti, Magha Pournami, Maha Shivaratri and Phalguna Pournami (Holi festival).

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