Goddess Puruhutika Devi

Temple History

Sri Puruhutika Devi temple is an important Ashta Dasha Shakthi Peetha. Devi Sati is worshipped as Puruhutika Devi and Lord Shiva as Kukkuteswara Swamy(which is in the form of a cock’s head) here. It is believed that the seat(peeta part) of Sati devi had fallen here. Pithapuram is also known as Dakshina Kasi.

The Puruhutika Devi temple is located within the temple campus of Sri Kukkuteswara Swamy in Pithapuram of East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh. Pithapuram is considered as the Dwadasha Punya Kshetra (one of the twelve important pilgrimage centres).

Pithapuram is widely known as a pilgrim center and a temple of great importance as it has many famous shrines of important Deities i.e. Sri Puruhootika Devi, Sri Kukkuteshwara Swamy, Sri Dattatreya Swamy and Pada Gaya.

On entering the temple there is a pond which is called as Padagaya sarovaram (Pada Gaya Sarovar). Pilgrims take holy bath in this pond. Main temple of Kukkuteswara swamy is present towards the right side of the pond. Puruhutika Devi temple is present in the North-East corner of the Kukkuteswara swamy temple. There is also a huge Eka Shila Nandi in front of the idol of Lord Shiva. The Nandi is the second biggest after Lepakshi Basaveshwara.

The idol of Puruhuthika devi has four hands. They contain bag of seeds (Beeja), axe (Parashu), lotus (Kamala) and a dish (Madhu patra) from lower-right to lower-left in order.

Previously there were two sects of Upasakas in Pithapuram worshiping Puruhootika devi. The first one calling her as Puruhootha Lakshmi (Meditating on Kamala and Madhu patra) and worshiping in Samayachara and the second one calling her Puruhoothamba (Meditating on Parashu and Beeja) and worshiping in Vamachara. There is also a tale that the original statue of Puruhutika devi was buried under the temple which was worshiped by them.

Another legend is:
Once Indra has cheated Ahalya in the form of Gautama and was cursed by the Maharshi and got the symbols of 1000 Yoni's all over his body. He felt very sad and prayed Gautama rishi a lot. Finally, the Rishi accepted and told that the Yoni symbols will look like eyes so that Indra will be called as Sahasraksha thereafter. But Indra lost his testes. He wanted to regain them. He left his kingdom and came to Pithika puram and did tapasya for Jaganmata. After a long time, Jaganmata appeared before him and blessed him with wealth and tests. Indra was very happy and prayed her as Puruhutika Devi.

After a very long time Jagadguru Sripada Sri Vallabha took birth in Pithapuram. He too worshipped Puruhutika Devi and realized him self. He is an incarnation of Dattatreya Swamy. There are also foot prints of Sripada Vallabha Swamy which are the real padukas of the Swamy located beside the shrine.

This complex has a Sarovar after taking bath people offer prayers to their ancestors, as this temple complex is called Pada Gaya. It has Gayasura’s Padas (Feet) and Vishnu Padas (Feet). Gayasura’s body was cut in three portions and out of that Head has fallen at Siro Gaya (Called Gaya in Bihar) Below chest (Nabhi) portion has fallen in Nabhi Gaya (Jajpur in Orissa)and the Legs (Padas) have fallen here hence called Pada Gaya.

There are also other shrines dedicated to gods and goddesses such as Annapurneshwari, Ayappaswamy, Sri Rama and Sri Visveshwara.

Daily rituals include, Snan, Abhisheka, Pushpa Alankar, Doop, Deep and Maha Naivedya to Kukkuteswara Swamy. In the evening, the rituals start with Dhoop Seva, Nivedhanam, Neeranjana, Mantra Pushpam, Darbar Seva and Pavalimpu Seva. Shani Trayodashi Puja is also offered to Lord Shiva.

Maha Shivaratri, Sarannavarathri and Kaartika Masam are the main festivals celebrated grandly at this temple which attracts the huge crow of devotees from surrounding cities.


Additional Information

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.

Accommodation facilities are available in Pithapuram. Best options of hotels and lodges are in Kakinada city which is just 16 kms from here.

The famous Annavaram Satyanarayana Swamy temple is just 33 kms from Pithapuram.

PIthapuram city is well connected by road and rail. Kakinada has good connectivity with the all major cities of Andhra Pradesh. Pithapuram is around 12 kms from Samalkota, 20 kms from Kakinada and 62 kms from Rajahmundry.

Pithapuram Bus Complex is 2.2 kms and Kakinada RTC Bus Complex is 16.9 kms from the temple.

Pithapuram railway station is just 1.5 kms from the temple. Samalkot Junction is 12.5 kms and Kakinada railway station is 16.4 kms from the temple.

Rajahmundry Domestic Airport (RJA) is 56.4 kms from the temple and is the nearest airport to Pithapuram. The nearest International airport is Vijayawada International Airport which is 199 km away.
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