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Country  India
State Andhra Pradesh
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Jonnawada is a pilgrimage in Andhra Pradesh, India on the banks of river Pennar.


It is famous for Sri Mallikarjuna swamy and Kamakshi amma temple constructed in the year 1150.[1] The goddess Kamakshi is believed as an incarnation of Shakti. A 'Sri Chakram' was installed here by Sri Jagadguru Adhi Sankaracharya.


It is located on the banks of river Pennar and is 12 km from Nellore.

This temple dedicated to goddess Kamakshi Tai, one of the variations of Shakti, is located on the banks of Penna River, 25 km from the heart of Nellore. The drive to the temple from the heart of Nellore would give you a first hand experience of the untouched villages of India.

The temple entrance door, Dwaja Sthabham (Flag mast) and the gopuram (tower) of the temple adorning with five kalasams (pots) on the top are made out of gold. The statue of the goddess Kamakshi Devi who is greatly adorned the traditional way by the priests is stunning for any devotee or visitor; every one would like to revisit this place of glowing divine radiance which can be self experienced only.

The locals believe that praying to the Goddess Kamakshi Tai would relieve one from hurdles and diseases.

Sri Jagadguru Sankaracharya has installed a "Sri Chakra" at this place. It is believed that praying to Sri Chakram with an offering of one's own choice (like fruit, flowers) would get them success in life.

On the outside is a provision for devotees who would like to get their heads tonsured. There is also a prasdam counter and the walkway to the temple entrance is flanked with shops selling temple ware, coconuts and flower garlands that can be offered to goddess Kamakshi Tai.

For people who are interested in mythology, on the sidelines of the temple entrance walls is engrossed a black marble giving information of all "Ashtadasha Shakti Peetam". There are 18 shakti peethas in the world 1 in Sri Lanka and the rest in India. Photography and Video are not allowed inside the temple.


The village depends on agriculture and tourism.


The village is part of Buchireddipalem Mandal.


The best way to reach is by bus from Nellore, which is reachable by buses and trains from major cities like Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad.



An annual 10 day festival is celebrated during June or July. Nearby hill Narasimha Konda is also famous for another deity called Narasimha Swamy.