Sri Nookambika Ammavari Temple, Anakapalli, Andhra Pradesh

anakapalli nookambika temple

This temple is performed pujas in Sakteya Agamam (Nityarchana, Puja)

“Sri Nookambika” Ammavaru Temple or “Sri Nookalamma” Ammavaru Temple is the famous Gramadevatha Temple located in Gavarapalem Village in Anakapally, Visakhapatnam. The main deity is Nokambika Ammavaru (Sakthi) in the temple. This is an ancient temple in Visakhapatnam. The jathara is the main festival celebrated in the “Kotha Amavasya” before Ugadi. Jathara is an annual festival that falls in March or April. Also celebrated in this temple and other festivals such as Diwali, Makara Sankranthi, Vinayaka Chatworthy and Sri Devi Navarathrulo.

‘Sri Sri Sri Nookambica’ Ammavaru is one of the nine Shakti forms known as Sri Anagha Devi in ​​the ancient days. After a few years during the reign of the Kakatiya Kings, the temple was renovated and the same goddess was worshipped as “SRI KAKATAMBA”. Daily Pujas and Deeparadhanas are performed here. When the kings lost their ruling lineage, the puja and the Deeparadhanas were performed daily and the temple slowly lost its former glory. This city, meaning Anakapalli, is named after “Anagha Devi”.

Regular puja, archanas and deeparadhanas are performed in this temple. Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays are considered auspicious days for performing puja at Sri Nookambika Ammavaru. The largest festival comes once a year called Nookalamma Jathara, which is held for a month. Nookalamma jathara starts in Kottha Amavasya, that is, one day before the Ugadi Festival. Thousands of devotees attend this “Jathhara” and worship “Sri Nukambika” Devi.


The “Sri Sri Nookambika” Ammavari temple was built by Sri Appalaraju, ruler of Subbavaram, around 1450 AD. Appalaraju defeated the local rulers and captured their kingdoms and gifted them to the Nawab of Arcot. The Nawab in return gave him Appalaraju, the Sabbavaram region, which he ruled by making Anakapalle his seat. He built a fort and in the south he built a temple for his family deity known as Kakatambika. After Appalaraju’s death, the rulers of Vizianagaram seized the kingdom and the fort. They changed the name of the goddess as “Nookambika”. The goddess “Nookambika” soon came to be known as “Nookalamma” in the local language.

The creator of this entire universe is believed to be Sri Shakti Ammavaru and it took place in the time period from Phalguna Bahula Amavasya (the day of the new moon) to April (the day of the new moon). This period will be treated as the sacred period and many rituals, pujas will be performed here at Sri Nookambica Ammavaru. Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays are considered auspicious days to perform puja to “Sri Nookambika” Ammavaru.


By Road:

APSRTC Provides many number buses available to Anakapalli. The Temple is located within a short distance of 500 meters from National Highway 5. The approach roads are well laid blacktopped roads. Since the town is adjacent to the national highway, all the busses ply frequently from all directions to reach Anakapalli town.

By Train:

The Anakapalli Railway station is on the main line and as such, all the trains running between Chennai and Howrah halt at this station. The temple is 1½ km from Anakapalli railway station.

By Air:

The nearby Airport is Visakhapatnam, away at a distance of 35 KM.

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