Sampath Vinayagar is a Hindu temple located at Asilametta in the city of Visakhapatnam, on the east coast of India. The presiding deity of this temple is Ganesha. Unlike most popular temples in India, this temple has a very small compound. It is located right beside a busy road. Though it is a small, nearly 5,000 devotees praying daily at this temple. This famed Sri Sampath Vinayagar temple is decorated for the nine-day Vinayaka Chaturthi. The temple will attract thousands of devotees from the city as well as other parts of north Andhra during the festival Vinayaka Chaturthi.
The temple was built in the year 1962 for worship by the family members of S.G. Sambandam and Co.. The purpose of installing Ganesh statue and performing poojas to that was, to avoid Vaastu Dosham, subsequently it became popular among fishermen who used to offer prayers and perform deeparadhana every day before going to market for selling their catch and started experiencing miracles in their lives. Five years later, Paramacharya of Kanchi Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi re-consecrated the shrine by placing Ganapathi Yantram.
The temple hogged the limelight when Admiral Krishnan, in-charge of Eastern Naval Command, broke 1,001 coconuts before the deity for saving Visakhapatnam from Pakistani attack on the City from the sea. Within a few days, a Pakistani Submarine Ghazi tried to attack the port city, but sank off the coast and the city and the citizens were spared from destruction and death during the 1971 INDO PAK war.
Lord Vinayaka is known as Lord of success in life and its accompaniments of good living, prosperity and peace. In all ceremonies, Vinayaka is first invoked to remove the obstacles and ensure success. Vinayaka is a propitious God promising success, all kinds of wealth. The devotees come to the famed Sri Sampath Vinayagar Temple do believe that praying at the Sri Sampath Vinayagar Temple will bring them luck and remove all the obstacles on the path of success.
Darshan of the deity is free for all devotees. Even the VIPs prefer to pray along with ordinary devotees happily here. However, other services like pujas and abhiseka (performed by the priests on behalf of the devotee) are charged a fee, and need to be booked in advance. Though the pujas are conducted during specified hours, you can visit the temple at any time to have darshan and seek SRI SAMPATH VINAGAYAR blessings. It is common to see devotees bringing their new vehicles to the temple, so that a puja can be performed to the vehicle before the owner starts using it. Scores of students visit the temple during the period of examinations. Such is the faith that the people of the city have in this deity. Special occasions like Hindu festivals (especially during Ugadi, Ganesh Chaturthi, Putraganapai Vratam, Sankata hara chaturthis, Sivaraatri) draw a large crowd of devotees to the temple.
The temple's annual revenues exceed Rs 7 million. The temple management spends some of these amounts for poor feeding for 50 members daily under Poor Feeding Programme. The devotees may donate amounts for this holy programme. The management, in the name of temple, stared construction of a Home for Aged near Simhachalam. The founding Trustee T.S.RAJESWARAN aided by Sri. T.R. CHOLAN are admirably managing the temple affairs. You can contact Sri. T.R. CHOLAN over phone in this regard. Number 08912760740.
Everyday, celebrations will begin with
Ganapathi homam from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m.,
Nadaswaram from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m.,
special abhisekhams by `Ubhyadatas' from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.,
vedaparayanam from 4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m., followed by Nadaswaram at 5.30 p.m.,
religious discourses from 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.,
sarvadarshanam with special alankaram and harati and distribution of prasadam from 5.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.