Ventrapragada

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Ventrapragada
village
Ventrapragada is located in Andhra Pradesh
Ventrapragada
Ventrapragada
Location in Andhra Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 16°26′32.92″N 80°54′30.92″E / 16.4424778°N 80.9085889°E / 16.4424778; 80.9085889Coordinates: 16°26′32.92″N 80°54′30.92″E / 16.4424778°N 80.9085889°E / 16.4424778; 80.9085889
Country  India
State Andhra Pradesh
Languages
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Ventrapragada is a village in Krishna District in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Ventrapragada is situated 30 km from Vijayawada and 9 km from Gudivada.

The neighbouring villages are Kalavapamula, Mudunuru, Vanapamula, Cheruvukommu and Nandamuru.

The famous ancient temple of Sri Nameswara Swamy (Lord Siva) is here. Nowhere else in the world is Lord Siva called with this name or has a temple with this name. The sivalingam in this temple has Namam (which is uncommon for Siva) and hence the name. It is told that the lingam is so long and deep-rooted that the end has not been found, but there is a well in the temple, the depth of which is said to be a measure of how deep the lingam was seen when it was first discovered.

For many generations there has been a strong belief that couples or women who pray for children get their wish fulfilled – they then name the child Nameswara rao, Nameshwari, Namesh etc. There is a strong belief that those who want to have children or get married or wish for anything, do 108 pradakshinas around the temple in a period of 1–3 months or 108 days.

The village also has a newly constructed Ramalayam (temple of Rama) opposite to the Nameswara Swamy temple. This is only the second such place in the world to have Shiva and Vishnu temples facing each other exactly. This rare structure makes this village a famous pilgrim place in the Krishna District.

In the temple there are idols of Veerabhadra swami and his wife; he is believed to be guardian of the village.

The festivals of Shivaratri, Srirama navami, Dussera, and Sankranthi fill the temple with pilgrims. Sankranthi is celebrated at harvest time, and it is traditional to decorate the village with rangolis.

This village also has an ancient famous temple of Shirdi Sai Baba.

The village has a bus station and an old railway station. Villagers here grow rice, wheat, sugar cane, and many vegetable crops. The village has a stream of the Krishna River flowing through it, which is mainly used for agricultural purposes; the stream provides irrigation for about 1000 acres (4 km²).

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