Pithapuram

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Pithapuram

Pithapuram or Peetika Puram is a town and a municipality in East Godavari district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The town also forms a part of Godavari Urban Development Authority. The temple town is one of the Sakti Peetikas.
The entrance of this temple is in the north. As one enters this temple, one can see a huge gopuram which has been beautifully sculpted and which oversees a pond- Pada Gaya Sarovar (a sacred pond). Pilgrims first sprinkle the holy water from this pond as it relieves oneself from all their sins. After entering the temple one can see the big sized Pada Mudrikas(imprints) of Gaya Asura beside the Dhwaja Sthambha. In the north side of the temple, there is a shrine of Sri Chandeeshwara Swamy. In the north-east corner, there is a shrine of Kala Bhairava, who is the Kshetra Palaka (protector). An ancient temple of Lord Subrahmanyam is present in the north-west which relieves pilgrims of their Kuja Dosha. In the south is Sri Siddi Ganapathi temple. In the south-east is the temple of Gaya Pada Vishnu Pada. In the south-west is the temple of Sri Guru Dattatreya. This is the only shrine with the idol of Sri Guru Dattatreya. There ia Audambara Vriksha (Banyan Tree) beside the shrine. It is also said that those who see, touch, do pradakshina or meditate near the Audumbara Vriksha will be the most fortunate of all. The Padukas (foot imprints) which are present beside the shrine is believed to be the real Padukas of Sri Sripada Vallabha Swamy.
The main temple is in the middle of the premises. There is a huge but beautiful idol of Nandi (bull) made from a single stone in front of the temple. The Shiva Linga which is in the form of a cock’s head is known as Sri Kukkuteshwara Swamy. The shrine of Sri Rajarajeswari, consort of Sri Kukkuteshwara Swamy, is present beside the Shiva temple.
There are other shrines of various gods like Sri Rama, Ayyappa, Sri Vishveshwara and Sri Annapurna Devi, Sri Durga Devi. It is beside Sri Durga shrine, is the shrine of Sri Puruhootika Devi.
There is also a temple named Kunthi Madhava temple in the town of Pithapuram. This temple is one of the Pancha (five) Madhava temples which Lord Indra created to get rid of the sin of killing Vriddhasura.