Sivadevuni Chikkala Temple
The famous Chikkala temple is situated in Sivadevunichikkala village near to Palakollu city of West Godavari district.
This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to the legendary this 3 1/2 feet shivalingam was installed by Lord Hanuman. Lord Siva in this temple also has the significance as the idol is made of white sandstone unlike other south Indian temples which have it in black stone. This temple also houses the shrine of Goddess Parvati and Lord Lakshmi Narayana temple. There is a beautiful lake near this temple.
This temple is famous for granting children for childless couples. Many devotees desirous of getting a child, plant a coconut tree in this temple garden. Belief is that their wish gets fulfilled in a year from planting the tree.
Lord Sri Rama on his return from Sri Lanka after killing Ravana wants to perform pooja to Lord Siva at Rameswaram to wash off his sin of killing Ravana. Kula guru of Rama, Maharshi Vasishta fixes a muhurtham for installing the sivalingam. Rama instructs Hanuman to bring a sivalingam from Kasi for this purpose.
Obeying Rama's order, Hanuma reaches Kasi and selects a big beautiful white sivalingam. He keeps the lingam in a chikkam (nest of threads) and starts traveling back to Rameswaram. In his return journey, he stops by at this village to perform his early morning worship to Sun (the so-called sandhyavandanam or suryopasana). He keeps the chikkam in this place and finishes his worship, meditation and arghya tarpana to Sun. When he comes back from pooja and tries to lift the lingam, he realizes that the lingam has been installed in that place, that too at the same muhurtham where Vasishta wanted Rama to install the lingam at Rameswaram. After trying hard to lift the lingam, Hanuman realizes that it is impossible for him to separate it out from earth, so he gets a different lingam from Kasi.
As the Lord Siva has been installed here along with the chikkam, this village is called Sivadevuni chikkala.
Mahashivaratri festival is grandly celebrated here every year. Large crowd of devotees participates during the bramhotsvams from surrounding cities and villages. Sivaratri radhotsavam, laksha kunkumarchana, chandi yagam etc., are celebrated here every year.
Hotels and accommodation facilities are available at Palakollu city which is just 6 kms from here.
Ksheera ramalingeswara kshetram and Sri Someshwara Janardhana Swamy temples known from the Pancharama kshetrams are near to this temple around 10-15 kms distance.
Palakollu is the nearest city to reach this temple by road and railways. Palakollu APSRTC bus stand is 9.9 kms from the temple.
Palakollu railway station is 8.5 kms from the temple. Veeravasaram railway station is just 3 kms from the temple. APSRTC buses and private transport is available from these stations. Sivadevuni chikkala railway station is 1.3 kms which has only passenger or demu train halts.
Rajahmundry Airport (RJA) is the nearest airport which is just 87 kms from the temple. Vijayawada gannavaram airport is about 115 kms from here.
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