Friday, 25 August 2017

Unique Idol Looks Vishnu (Male) From The Front & As Mohini (Female) From The Rear - Sri Jagan Mohini Kesava Swamy Temple - Ryali, East Godavari

Ryali is situated in East Godavari district (Atreyapuram Mandal) of Andhra Pradesh - India. This area is also called KonaSeema, a purely well irrigated area of Andhra Pradesh due to many tributaries of river Godavari. The famous Sri Jagan Mohini (Sri Maha Vishnu) temple is situated here. The shrine of Sri Jagan Mohini Keshava Swamy is made up of single stone (Salagrama Ekashila - 5 feet height and 3ft width). The idol looks like Sri Vishnu (male) from front side and as Mohini (female) from rear side. The architectural beauty of the idol and temple is excellent. The flow of Akasha Ganga at the feet of Sri Maha Vishnu can be seen here.

Sri Jagan Mohini Kesava Swamy Temple Main Gopuram
Sri Jagan Mohini Kesava Swamy Temple Main Gopuram
Some count the Mohini Avatar of Lord Vishnu among the popular Avatars of Lord Vishnu. There are no temples for the Mohini Avatar, excepting the ones at Mhalasa in Ponda, Goa and at Ryali East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh. The Mhalasa Temple is also reported to be temple of an Amsa of Kaali, with Uma and Lakshmi combined. So the Mohini Avatar Temple, Ryali seems to be the only temple for Mohini Avatar of Lord Vishnu. The image of the Lord is an exquisite piece of sculpture, which is considered to be the only one of its kind in India. The figure in front is ‘Kesava’ or ‘Keshava’, and on the reverse is the female attire with a hair-do representing ‘Jaganmohini’. Carved in black stone, the image of the deity excites admiration. The image stands at a height of 5ft and the front portion, besides the face of Kesava, contains sculptural representations of ‘Dasavatara’ (ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu).

Sri Ryali Jaganmohini Kesava Swamy Temple
Sri Ryali Jaganmohini Kesava Swamy Temple
In local language (Telugu) Ryali means FALL. As per Bhagavatam, Lord Vishnu takes the guise of Mohini to rescue Devatas against Rakshasas during Samudra Mathana for getting Amrutam (holy divine nectar). During equally distributing the Amrutham among Devatas and Rakshasas, Mohini works in favour of Devatas and avoids the nectar by giving to Rakshasas. Lord Eshwara (Shiva) sees Mohini and falls in love with her. Lord Shiva comes to know that Mohini is the guise of Lord Vishnu when a flower falls from the plait of Mohini. This place where the flower has fallen is named RYALI meaning FALL in Telugu.

Sri Jagan Mohini Kesava Swamy Temple Towers
Sri Jagan Mohini Kesava Swamy Temple Towers
In Ryali Lord Shiva is worshipped as Uma Kamandaleswara because on the back side Lord Brahma Consecrated the Siva Lingam with his Kamandalam. The Mahavishnu is consecrated as Mohini at the back side and hence worshipped as Sri Jaganmohini Keshava Swamy. The temples of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu face each other in East and West direction, a rare feature to see at Ryali. The shrine of Sri Jaganmohini is a joy to see. The ten incarnations of Lord Sri Vishnu and consorts are beautifully sculptured around the shrine.

Sri Jagan Mohini Kesava Swamy Temple Main Deity
Sri Jagan Mohini Kesava Swamy Temple Main Deity
Unique feature of this temple is the idol of the presiding deity which 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide and has been beautifully and gracefully carved out of a single black saligrama stone which portrays Keshava Swamy, on the front and the back side of the stone portrays JaganMohini, a lovely and attractive woman. This idol has been carved skilfully to evoke respect and adoration in the minds of the devotees. Lord Maha Vishnu who is shown here in the form of Keshava Swamy has four hands. He is shown holding "Shankha" (conch) and "Chakra" (disc) in two hands while the other two hands hold "Gadha" and "Manthara" mountain.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 06:00 AM To 12:00 PM
Evening Timings : 03:00 PM To 08:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Ryali is located in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh - India. Tourists travelling from Northern part of India have to come to Visakhapatnam via National Highway 5 (Highway between Kolkata and Chennai) and proceed towards Tuni, Annavaram and Rajahmundry. From Rajahmundry, travel towards Dowlaiswaram Barrage and take left turn at Bobbarlenka (immediately after the barrage on river Godavari). From Bobbarlanka proceed towards Lolla and take right diversion at Marlapalem to reach Ryali. The distance between Rajahmundry and Ryali (Rali) is 25 Kms. People travelling from South and other parts of India have to reach a place called Ravulapalem on National Highway 5 (before Rajahmundry). At Ravulapalem take right turn to proceed towards Marlapalem and take left turn here to reach Ryali.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Jagan Mohini Kesava Swamy Temple,
East Godavari,
Pin Code : 533 236,
Andhra Pradesh.
Phone : 08855 250231 ; 95154 59917

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