Pithapuram Puruhutika Devi Temple Timings:
Morning: 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Evening: 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Pithapuram Kukkuteswara Temple History:
This is the brief history of Paadagaya Kshetram, which is one of the important Astadasa Peetha, located in Pithapuram in the eastern district of Godavari in Andhra Pradesh. It is described in the third chapter of Bheema Khanda and Shandapurana.
Bhima Mandalam consists of Andhra, the border of Orissa at the foot of the Vindhya mountains. It is the best piece of land of nine land divisions with all kinds of crops and gardens. Pithapuram has become famous as a holy and sacred pilgrimage on this earth. Pithapuram is an equally sacred and holy place with 'Kedaram' in northern India and 'Kumbhakonam' in southern India. This place was visited by the sage Vyasa with his disciples and was written in Bhimakhanda of Skandapurana, one of the eighteen epics.
The great poet, "Srinadha", wrote in the third chapter of "Bheemeswara purana" as follows. The next four places give salvation or "Moksha, these are (banaras), Varanasi, Kedaram, Kumbhakonam and Pithapuram (kukkuteswara stanamu). Pithapuram became Paadagaya Keshetram. Formerly, KRUTAYUGA had a demon king, Gayasura. Through his austere penance and sacrifice, he attained royalty in heaven and ruled over the three lokas (Swarga, Marthya, Patalam). He led three lokas following the sacrifices made by the sages. Defeated by Gayasura, Lord Indra and other deities approached the Trimurthies (Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara) to restore their position. Trimuthies disguised as Brahmins visited Gayasura.
Gayasura used to fulfill the desires of the people who asked him by virtue of his kind and charitable qualities. By his mere visit, even sinners used to get rid of their sins and reached heaven. Gayasura received them warmly and worshipped with utter respect, (Arghya and Padya) and received their blessing. He asked them to tell the cause of their arrival. Then they told to offer a sacred place to perform the sacrifice. He promised to provide the place. They asked to give his body as it was a holy place to perform the sacrifice. He agreed for it.
They gathered material, sages and deities and requested Gayasura to commence yaaga (Sacrifice). The Gayasura extended his body from Gaya in Bihar State to pithapuram in Andhra State and asked them to start sacrifice (yaaga)They started yaaga on his chest. Yaaga was intended to finish in seven days, counting everyday, from early in the morning (i.e. cock crowing time). After six days, the deities prayed to Lord Eswara to spoil the Yaaga. Then Lord Eswara in the Form of a Cock at midnight (lingodhbhava kala), (Before early in the morning) sounded “Kokkuroko,” Gayasura thought that the Yaaga was over and moved his body. Then they were ready to kill Gayasura as he spoiled their sacrifice. Gayasura accepted for this. By pleasing with the words of Gayasura, they asked him to request them a boon. Then Gayasura told them that he had no personal desires. But for the benefit of the world, he requested Vishnu to be at his head, at naval cavity Brahma, and at feet Eswara in the form of Cock, permanently. These three places should be treated as holy places and of anybody performed shraddha karmas in these places, their fore Fathers would reach salvations without rebirth.
With that reason Lord Vishnu is being Worshipped in the form of Gadadhara in ‘Gaya’ in Bihar even today. Brahma who’s in the form of Girijadevi is receiving prayers by devotees in Nabhigaya which is in Orissa State near Jajipur railway station.
Pithapuram in Andhrapradesh become famous as padagaya. The primal deity of this is Lord Shiva in the form of Cock. This Shakti Peetham is famous with the name of Puruhutika.
Pithapuram Sri Kukkuteswara Swamy Temple Address:
East Godavari District,
Andhra Pradesh - 533450
Phone : 08869 - 251445(office)
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