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Sri Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy

Temple History

Shri Ksheera Rama Lingeswara is one among the five of the Pancharama Kshetras which is dedicated to the Lord Shiva. Ksheerarama is one, of the five Pancharama Kshetras and is located in Palakollu, West Godavari District, state of Andhra Pradesh, India and is about 21 Kms from Bhimavaram and 10 kms from Narsapur. Lord Shiva is known locally as Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy.

History:

This temple was built during the 10th and 11th centuries by the Chalukyas. It reflects the Chalukya architectural style and has a 9- storied gopuram. The art of Ksheera Ramalingeswara swamy Temple Palakollu construction resembles those created throughout Chalukya period. Big Gopuram of 36.6 Mts is built by Shri Alladu Reddy during 14th Century. The height of the temple is 120 ft. and is built by the Chalukya Bheema. The Shivalingam in the sanctum is made of white marble and is called as Ramalingeswara Swamy or Ksheeraraameswaraswamy.


As per the legend, this Shivalinga was owned by the Rakshasa King Tarakasura. No one could win over him due to the power of this Shivalinga. In the war between deities and Taraka, Kumara Swamy and Taraka were face to face. Kumara Swamy used his Sakthi aayudha to kíll Taraka. By the power of Sakti aayudha the body of Taraka was torn into pieces. But to the astonishment of Lord Kumara Swamy all the pieces reunited to give rise to Taraka. Kumara Swamy repeatedly broke the body into pieces and it was re-unified again.

Lord Kumara Swamy was confused and was in an embarrassed state then Lord Shriman Narayana appeared before him and said “Kumara! Don’t get depressed, without breaking the Shiva lingham worn by the asura you can’t kíll him” you should first break the Shiva lingam into pieces, then only you can kíll Taraka Lord Vishnu also said that after breaking, the shiva lingham also will try to unite. To prevent the Linga from uniting all the pieces should be fixed in the place where they fall by worshipping them and building temples on them.

By taking the word of Lord Vishnu, Lord Kumara Swamy used his Aagneasthra (weapon of fire) to break the Shiva lingham worn by Taraka. The Shiva lingham broke into five pieces and was trying to unite by making Omkara nada (Chanting Om). Then Surya deva by the order of Lord Vishnu fixed those five pieces of Shiva linga and worshipped them by building temples over them. By the formation of temple the pieces stopped their movement and were famous of panchrama kshetras. All the five Shivalinga in these five places have got scaly marking as them which are believed to be formed by the power of Agneyasthra used by Lord Kumara Swamy.

According to legend, these five pieces were installed as Shivalingas at five different temples by Indra, Surya, Chandra, Vishnu and Kumara Swamy at the respective places.

Another Legend is that Upamanyu the son of Kaushika muni, requested Lord Shiva to grant him the adequate quantity of milk for the performance of his daily rituals. Lord Shiva made the Ksheera Pushkarini tank to overflow with milk from the mythical Ksheera Saagaram (the milky ocean).

 

Additional Information

In the temple premises choultry facility is available for tourists to stay. There are many good Hotels and Lodges for the accommodation are available near the temple.

Additional places of interest around Palakollu include Bhimavaram, Draksharama, Annavaram, Thalupulamma Thalli, Rajahmundry, Antarvedi, Ryali and Vadapalli.

Palakollu town is connected with all major cities of AndhraPradesh by Road and Rail.

Palakollu Bus station is just 0.4 Km, Narsapur is 9Km, Bhimavaram City is 21 Km and Tadepalligudem 55.7 Km from the temple.

By train Palakollu Railway Station 1.7 Km, Narsapur Railway Station 8.8 Km and Bhimavaram Railway Junction 21.9 Km are the near Railway Stations.

Rajahmundry Airport is 83 Km to reach this temple by flight.
  • Darshanam: Morning 5.30 AM to 11.30 AM and Evening 4.00 PM to 8.30 PM
  • Contact Person: Temple Office
  • Contact Number: (+91) 08814 222822
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