Puruhutika, Sri Kukuteswara Swamy Temple, Pithapuram
Pithapuram is a great city to visit in the state of Andhra Pradesh.It is located near several beaches though not one in particular. It is in between 2 major cities; Kakinada and Rajahmundry. Pitapuram though is landlocked town and most of the economic activity takes place in Kakinada.
Kukkuteshwara Swamy temple – The most famous temple at Pithapuram is that of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is known as Kukkuteshwara Swamy here. The consort of Kukkuteshwara Swamy is known as Raja Rajeswari. There is the temple of Puruhutika Devi inside the campus of this temple. It is one of the Asta Dasa Shakti Pithas. Maha Shivaratri, Sarannavarathri and Kaartika Masam are the main festivals celebrated at this temple.
Manikyamba, Sri Bhimeswara Swamy Temple, Draksharamam
Draksharamam temple, also known as Dakshina Kasi, is one of the most frequented pilgrim centre of South India. At the Draksharamam Temple, Shiva is worshipped as Bhimeshwara Swamy, along with his consort Manikyamba. The temple is also considered to be one of the Maha Shakti Peetha in India. Draksharama Temple along with Ksheerarama Temple in Palakol, Somarama Temple in Bhimavaram, Amararama Temple in Amaravathi and Kumararama Temple in Samalkota forms the Pancharama Kshetram in Andhra Pradesh. These five temples are considered to be powerful Shiva temples in Southern India.
It is believed that this temple was built by the angels in a day. But they couldn’t finish the outer wall before sunrise, which still stands incomplete. Numerous attempts to rebuild the missing part has been in vain. Historical evidence suggests the building of the temple began in 800 ADE and completed sometime in the 11th century.
The temple architecture is one of a kind and still studied by students of Architecture. It has a two stair mandapa with delicately carved pillars. The inner sanctum is exquisitely carved. Chronicles of many kingdoms, that ruled over the century, have been carved onto the temple walls. The inner sanctum has a very large crystal Shiva Lingam which is one of the longest Shiva lingams in the world.
Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy Temple, Vijayawada
Goddess Kanaka Durga manifested herself (Swayambhu) on the hillock known as Indrakeeladri situated on the left Bank of River Krishna at Vijayawada. The origin of this shrine is known to be of 8th century. The temple was constructed during the Regime of Mogalaya rulers. According to Sthalapuranam, Mogalaya Ruler Thanisha with the assistance of his Ministers Akkanna and Madanna managed the temple with head quarters at Kondapalli.
His Holiness Sri Sri Sri Sankara Bhagavatpadulu (Adi Sankaracharya) visited this temple during 8th century and worshipped the deity and installed “ SRICHAKRAM” at the feet of Goddess. This temple is of Smartha Agama Sampradaya. Sub-temples of Lord Sri Malleswara Swamy varu, Sri Nataraja Swamy temple are located on north east corner of Goddess. Sri Subrahmanyeswara Swamy Temple is located on north side of main temple. This temple is one of the 10 major temples of the state and one of the popular pilgrimage centre, and has been acquiring importance day by day.