Pillalamarri Erakeswara Swamy Temple
The ancient Lord Shiva temple is located in Pillalamarri village of Suryapet District. This temple is near to Hyderabad-Vijayawada National highway. Pillalamarri is located at a distance of 6km from Suryapet.
This village was once the headquarters of the Racherla family, well-known regional feudatories of the Kakatiyas in historic times. The main deity of this temple is Lord Shiva. This is 1000 year old temple built by Kakatiya Kings. This Erakeshwara swamy temple was built on 1208 year by Racharla Bethi Reddy memory of his wife Erasanamma. This temple belonged to the Kakatiya era and is a living example of the architectural greatness of the Kakatiya rulers. It displays magnificently carved pillars and walls where every sculpture is a self-explanatory poem. The walls of the temple are also decorated with stunning paintings. A royal Nandi bull adorns the porch of the temple. A certain style of the craftsmen of the Kakatiya era who have imparted a touch of excellence into the Telangana art and culture is an indication of the meticulous structural design. The main idol Lord Chennakesavaswami is placed in the main sanctum of the temple. The decorations made to the deity during the annual celebrations in the months of February to March are a feast for the eyes. The temple gets filled with huge number of devotees during this time who come from far and wide to offer their prayers and seek the Lord’s blessings.
There are three important temples of architectural and sculptural significance, located in this village. They were constructed during 13th Century AD by Racherla family. Temples such as Nameshwara, Erakeshwara, Trikuteswara, Chennakeshava, Brahma, Saraswathi and Ramalayam were built here.
There is a water well of 800 years old. Beautiful Carvings and Nandi at Pillamarri Temple is the main attraction of the temple. Subbasamudram lake is the near by beautiful place for the visitors. Sri Nameswaralayam is the nearest famous Lord Vishnu temple to visit located in this village.
Suryapet is famous for its Dhabas situated on NH9 which serve many passengers throughout. Restaurants like Seven Food Court (Includes SubWay,Coffee Day),Sri Prasad Hotel(veg),Balaji Grand, Mamatha, Mayuri, Shilpi, Vijetha, AFC[American Fried Chicken] are popular among them. Best hotels, lodges and restaurants are available in Suryapet city for staying.
Suryapet is the nearest city to this temple which has the best connectivity with all the major cities of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Suryapet city bus station is just 9 kms from the temple.
Nalgonda railway station is 43.1 kms, Jangaon railway station is 85.5 kms and Khammam railway station is 71 kms from Pillalamarri village.
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad is 147 kms and Viajayawada Gannavaram Airport is 165 kms.
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