The Mopidevi temple is situated at a distance of nearly 70 km’s from Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh. It is well connected by buses and trains from many parts of the country. Four Deva Rishis viz., Sankara, Sanakasa, Sanatkumara, and Sanatsujata are known for their un-wavering devotion and saintly knowledge. They are immoral and always appear at the age of five years to others. They remained so detached from the awareness of worldly matters that they remain naked without covering their bodies. Once, they came to Kailas, the abode of Lord Shiva to worship Him. At the same time, Sachi Devi, Swaha Devi, Goddess Saraswathi and Goddess Lakshmi also arrived. Lord Subrahmanyeswara was sitting in the lap of his mother Goddess Parvathi by that time. Lord Subrahmanyeswara as a child was bewildered at the two contrasts of fully clad Gods and Goddesses on one hand and the nude Deva rishis on the other. He giggled innocently in a childish way. Goddess Parvathi chided Lord Subrahmanyeswara for his folly. Later, Lord Subrahmanyeswara realised his lapse and took permission to do penance to get rid of the blemish. Lord Subrahmanyeswara did the penance in disguise, in the form of a snake for many years and successfully cleansed Himself of his folly. The place where Lord Subrahmanyeswara did penance later came to be known as ‘Mopidevi’.
Mopidevi Temple History
According to holy texts, Vindhya Mountain, at one time became overconfident of its strength and began to grow upwards. It went up to the planet Ravi. With this, darkness surmounted all over and all mortals and immortals including every flora and fauna suffered in darkness.Gods prayed to Sage Agasthya to somehow humble the Vindhya Mountain. Sage Agasthya is known to have attained divine powers through severe penance. He was staying in Varanasi at that time. He, accepted the request of Devas, Sage Agasthya started towards the mountain Vindhya from Northern India. Vidhya Mountain is the boarder between North India and South India. Knowing in advance about the arrival of Sage Agasthya, the Vindhya Mountain humbled himself to the lowest level so as to give way to the sage. While crossing the Vindhya Mountain, Sage Agasthya has taken promise from Vindhyaa to be in humbled state till he returns from his tour of Southern India. But the sage did not return. He settled in South India. Waiting for ages together, Vidhya Mountain remained humbled even today.
Sage Agasthya along with his retinue had the occasion to pass through the place, where Lord Subrahmanyeswara did severe penance. He identified the place and said that this area is covered by Tigers and from here if we go towards the Eastern direction, one can find the divine temple of Lord Kumaraswamy known as Subrahmanyeswara. By visiting this temple with devotion, one can get earning all through the life and also attain salvation. It is pertinent to note that the presiding deity of Vijayawada Kanaka Durga rides on Tiger.
Lord Subrahmanyeswara is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi. While Lord Subrahmanyeswara was in her womb, Goddess Parvathi could not bear the power of the foetus and hence transferred the same to Ganga Devi. Ganga also could not bear the power of the foetus and hence the foetus slipped into the reed grass. Six female minor deities called Krittika took care of the embryo. Imbibing the strengths of both Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi, Lord Subrahmanyeswara was born in the the month of Margasiramasam on Shashti day of waxing Moon with six heads, twelve hands, lot of brilliance, luster and the radiance of Sun. Devotees specially worship Lord Subrahmanyeswara on the days of Ashada Sukla Panchami, Naga Panchami, Nagaula Chaviti and Shashti.
Pujas for Rahu and Ketu are performed regularly at Mopidevi Temple. Devotees get tonsured as part of fulfilment of their vow. Some get their children’s ears bored to get relief from Sarpa Dosha. Women who want children make a cradle with a new Saree and hang it on the sacred tree here. People who want to get married soon offer Pongal made of rice and jaggery. People suffering from poor sight, ear ailments, skin diseases, lack of progeny due to previous births’ and misdeeds etc., get relief by worshiping Lord Subrahmanyeswara in Mopidevi. In particular, natives who are suffering from Sarpa dosha, Rahu-Ketu dosha and Anapathya Dosha worship of Mopidevi Sri Subrahmanyeswara Swamy will be highly beneficial.
How To Reach Mopidevi Temple
Mopidevi is well connected with Road route
- BY AIR : Nearest airport is Gannavaram, Andhra Pradesh. From Gannavaram one can choose to travel by Bus or by hiring a private taxi.
- BY TRAIN : Nearest railway station is Repalle railway station..
- BY ROAD : Mopidevi is in the Vijayawada-Avanigadda roadline. There are number of buses from Vijayawada to Avanigadda. It takes around two hours from Vijayawada in bus via kankipadu, vuyyuru,pamarru and challapalli. Vijayawada-Nagayalanka buses also go through Mopidevi. Alternatively, share autos are available from Repalle railway station directly to Mopidevi temple. It takes hardly 20–30 minutes (since the penumudi bridge is opened in 2006). This is the best option for those who prefer Train (Guntur/Tenali to Repalle) over bus.
Mopidevi Temple Pooja Timings
- Morning – 5.30 am – 1.00 pm
- Evening – 4.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Mopidevi Temple Gallery:
For more details : http://www.mopidevitemple.org