Jonnawada Temple is famous for Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy and Jonnawada Kamakshi Devi pilgrims. It was constructed in the year 1150.The goddess Kamakshi Devi is believed as an incarnation of Shakti. A ‘Sri Chakram’ was installed here by Sri Jagadguru Adhi Sankaracharya.
Kasyapa Prajapathi, Son of Marichi , decided to perform a Yagna and started searching for the place in southern part of India. In search of the place, he reached Rajathagiri,which is located north of Penna river and decided to perform Yagna here. Kasyapa installed three Yagna Gundam, which are namely, Daskhanagni, Aahananiyagni, Aaraspathyagni to perform Yagna. Lord Siva was very much pleased with Kasyapa's Yagna and emerged out of Yagna gundam in a Linga shape. It is mentioned in the SKANDA PURANA, that the place where Yagna is held is called Jannada, which later took the form as Jonnavada. Goddess Parvathi then reached Jonnavada in search of Lord Siva, Lord Siva requested Goddess to stay here at this place. On his request, Goddess manifested herself in the idol form and started residing in the penna river. Later fishermen installed the idol on the banks of penna river and started offering prayers, which caught in their fishing net. During the 4th century, Aadi Sankaracharya on his way to Kailasagiri found that this Idol is the manifestation of the Goddess Parvathi and installed the idol along with Lord Siva in the temple. Jagadguru Sri Aadhi Sankaracharya installed Sri chakram in this temple. There is the lake near to temple which is called as Kasyapa Theertham, belief is that whoever takes a dip here will be freed from committed sins in the present life.
Jonnavada Kamakshi Temple Jonnavada
6.00 AM – 8.00 PM
The nearest bus stop is Nellore bus station.
The nearest railway station is Nellore.
The nearest airport is Tripathi and Chennai Airport.