Pattiseema Veerabhadra Swamy Temple
Lord Veerabhadra Swamy
Sri Veerabhadra Swamy temple is located on a hill named as Devakuta Parvatha in the middle of the holy Godavari river, Pattiseema. Boat is the only way to reach this temple and many boats are available from Pattiseema Godavari river bank. Pattiseema, also known as Pattasadri or Pattisa or Pattisachalam.
Pattiseema temple is considered as one of the five Pancha Shiva Kshetras according to Skanda Puranam. The other four are namely Kashi, Kedarinath, Srisailam and Kalahasthi. It is also one of the important Vishnu kshetras in the country. The main idol lord Shiva is called as Veerabhadra Swamy and the Kshetra Palaka Vishnu is called as Bhava Narayana Swamy in this temple. Pattiseema is one of the few temples in the country where both Shiva and Vishnu are worshipped together. Also, it is one of the few temples which is built in the middle of a river.
It is said that, according to Hindu Puranas, Pattiseema is considered as the place where the sword (pattisam in Telugu) of Lord Shiva had fallen after killing Dhaksha Prajapati. Therefore, the name of the place was called Pattisachalam, which gradually transformed to Pattiseema. As narrated in my previous post on Dhraksharama, Dhaksha is the father of Godess Parvathi who didn't like his daughter marrying Shiva. He insults his daughter on one occasion and that results in Parvathi offering herself to fire. Shiva who become furious with that incident, arouse as Veerabhadra and kills Dhaksha. He was uncontrollable and Lord Vishnu tries to pacify him by praying with lotus flowers that includes one of his eyes. Veerabhadra pleased with his prayer, settles as Shiva Linga on the Devakuta Parvatam in this region.
This ancient temple was built by Reddy Raju Kings in the 12th century. Sri Veerabhadra Swamy Temple has adorned walls with carved images of Purana. Separate shrine of Goddess Bhadra Kali can be seen with a sword. Image of Nandi is the added attraction. The other deities are Goddess Kanakadurga, Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi, Lord Kumara Swamy, Goddess Mahishasuramardhini and Goddess Saraswati. Sri Seetha Rama Swamy temple and Sri Anjaneya Swamy temples are constructed by Zamindar of Gutala in the year 1912.
Mahasivaratri festival is grandly celebrated here and huge crowd of devotees participates during from surrounding villages and cities. Sri Veerabhadra Kalyanam, Bhava Narayana Kalyanam, Bheesha ekadashi and Kartheeka masam also celebrates here.
Best accommodation facilities and restaurants are available in Rajahmundry city.
Apart from this, Pattiseema is home to another beautiful temple, which was built in the memory of Sri Bhavanarayana Swamy.
Rajahmundry is the nearest city to reach Pattiseema village. Rajahmundry is well connected by road and railways with all the major cities of India. There are also boats which go to Pattiseema from Rajahmundry regularly. The boat trip to Pattiseema and Papikondalu is a very pleasant tour in River Godavari, which attracts a lot of tourists every year.
Rajahmundry APSRTC comples is 34 kms and Rajahmundry Railway Station is 34.6 kms from Pattiseema. Kovvur Railway Station is 30 kms only.
Rajahmundry Airport (RJA) is 46.2 kms.
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