Sambara Polamaba Temple, Makkuva, Vizianagaram
Legend has it that 300 years ago Sambarasura, a demon, used to torture the locals and kill the cattle. In answer to the prayers of the villagers, the Goddess fought with the demon and killed him. The village came to be known as Sambara since then, and prayers are offered to the saviour Goddess as Polamamba. People here believe that after killing Sambarasura, Goddess Polamamba turned herself into a Neem tree and blesses the devout with health and wealth. Situated on the banks of River Gomukhi, in Makkuva mandal, Sambara draws lakhs of devotees every year for its annual temple festival. People come from Vizianagaram, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam districts in A.P., and Koraput and Rayagada districts in Odisha as well.