It had been a few days since I came to Guntur. A budget traveler by all means, I love to use buses and trains the most for my travel because I believe that I can know the place better being with the local people. My friend remarked that Guntur is one of the populous cities in Andhra Pradesh No wonder, the city is known for its industrial development and exports of quite a few commodities such as chilies and cotton.
No doubt, we were becoming more spiritual with our visit to temples. Guntur offers a lot of reasons for pilgrims to visit with its temples. Our next and last sightseeing place was Sri Lakshmi Chennakesava Swamy Temple, which is located in Macherla district.
A historical temple, it was built in a way back in 1113 AD and was known to be a Shaivite temple. Later, it became a Vaishvanite temple. People in the ancient days divided among themselves in the names of God in Hinduism. Shaivites were those worshippers of Lord Shive, while Vaishvanites worshipped Lord Vishnu.
A history buff in the temple explained further that Buddhism came into India because of this difference and it vanished when Adi Sankaracharya spread the philosophy of Advaita, which explained that ‘God is One’.
Sri Lakshmi Chennakesava Swamy Temple is tagged as the oldest temple of the 13th century AD. We reached the temple before the closing time. I was curious to find a tall Dwajastamba Swamy idol on the main gate of the temple. It was made of bronze and wood. There were other idols, which were called Srimannarayana Avataram, Srimad Bhagavatam, Srimad Ramayanam, and Srimad Mahabharatam.
We went in to offer prayers. I purchased a few tickets for performing archana in my family members’ names. The Lord looked elegant decorated with flower garlands. We were offered prasad. The surroundings of the temple offered tranquility.
I had never been to temples of such ancient ones. It is quite interesting how it was built associated with puranas, explaining the reasons behind it. To my surprise, the temples and the epics associated with them spread the oneness and uniqueness of god, which over the years people failed to understood it. Thankfully such temples like Sri Lakshmi Chennakesava Swamy Temple still exits to remind the significance of Advaita, a truly great philosophy that existed hundreds of years ago.
With great satisfaction and enlightenment, we started back to our hometown.