Lord Shiva

Temple History

Sri Parashurameshwara Swamy temple is situated in Gudimallam village, Yerpedu mandal of Chittoor district. The Parasurameswara temple was built on the banks of Suvaranamukhi river. Gudimallam village is about 31 Km from Tirupati.

The Lord here is known as Parasurameshwara, and this lingam is believed to depict the trinity. The legend of the temple connects it to Parasurama, an avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu. To give a brief description of Parasurama, he was a warrior sage, who cleansed the world of its tyrannical kings. When he was a young man, his mother invited the wrath of his father, who ordered his sons to kill their mother. Parasurama’s older brothers refused to obey their father’s order, fuelling his anger further. Parasurama bowed down to his father’s command and cut off his mother’s head! The sage was pleased and gave him a boon, as part of which Parasurama asked for his mother to come back to life, which the sage had to agree to. Though his mother had got back her life, Parasurama felt guilty, since he had sinned by raising his axe (parasu) against his mother. He came to the banks of the Swarnamukhi where he meditated on Lord Shiva to expiate his sins. Each day, a lone flower would bloom in the river, which the sage would offer to the lord. Once, Lord Brahma decided to test him, and arrived in the form of a dwarf, offering his help, to which Parasurama agreed. The dwarf aided him with his prayers, but tried to find a way to test the sage. At last he hit upon an idea and plucked and threw off the single flower in the river before the sage could use it for his prayers. For the first few days, the sage thought that the flower had simply failed to bloom, but then he suspected his aide, lay in wait for him, and caught him in the act of plucking the flower. His anger aroused, he chased the dwarf, brandishing the axe. Brahma, realising that the joke had gone too far, called out to Shiva, who appeared and pacified Parasurama. He told him that his penance had borne fruit the minute Brahma had plucked the first flower from the river, and that he need not carry his guilt any longer. Further, he blessed them by merging them with the lingam, Brahma crouching down as the dwarf and Vishnu as Parasurama on his shoulders, holding his axe and a ram’s head. Within the temple premises, there are other temples “SHANMUKA” with his two wives “VALLI.”DEVASANA”, “SURYABHAGAVAN” Temple and temple for “ANANDHAVALLI AMMAVARU”.

Renowned for its earliest extant Sivalinga in India datable to second/ Third centuries B.C. The main Temple consists an apsidal shrine in low level with ardha mandapa and mahamandapa in front, all facing east and each higher than the previous one. The main entrance to the shrine is, however, from the south side of maha mandapa when the wall
enclosure is added by an ornamental pillared porch (Dwarapala). The main shrine is closed all round externally by a peristylar cloister, The vimana over the shrine is of brick, hollow inside and is apsidal on plan in elevation resembling a
linga nut hence termed as lingakruti vimana. The sanctom has a false ceiling over wooden joints. A dew shrine is added at North-West corner other minor shrines with in the prakara include kartikeya and Cubramanaya. A plain gopuram is
provided at the western entrence of the compound wall. The stone temple complex is in late pallava / Bana and Chola Style and good number of inscribed records speak of the perpetual gifts made by the kings, The earliest belonging to the
bana’s (A Fendatory Royal family under the later Pallava’s, Circa 842-904 centuries A.D) and latest of the time of Yadava Devaraya (A.D. 1346). Inscription of the tome of Vikramachola refers to complete rebuilding of the temple in 1126 A.D.
along with gopuram and the well.


Additional Information

Tirupati and Renigunta are the nearest cities to reach Gudimallam temple. Devotees can stay at Tirupati to visit this temple. Good hotels and accommodation facilities are available in temple city Tirupati.

Tirupati(25 kms) and Renigunta(15 kms) are the nearest cities to reach Gudimallam temple. Buses are available from Tirupati Bus Stand. Buses runs from Tirupati to Gudimallam village via Papanaidupet. Autos(up & down) are also available from Tirupati.

Renigunta Junction is the nearest railway station and is connected to all the major cities of India. Renigunta Jn is 17.1 kms. Tirupati Railway Station is 26.6 kms from Gudimallam temple.

Tirupati International Airport (TIR) is just 21.1 kms from the Gudimallam village.
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