Pithapuram is an ancient & holy Punya Kshetram. It is the 10th Shaktipeeth among the Aastadasa peetha’s. As the seat place(Peetha) of Satidevi has fallen here, it is called Pithapuram. The presiding deity in this temple are Kukkuteswara Swamy (Lord Shiva) and Sri Raja Rajeswari Devi (Sati Devi). Lord Shiva is in the form of Cock and it is a Swayam Bhuva Divya Saiva Kshetram. The feet of demon Gayasura lied in the pool infront of the Pithapuram Temple.
Sripada Sri Vallaba was born as Dattatreya Swamy in this place. So, It has become the main Avatara Kshetram of Dattatreya. The great poet “Srinadha” wrote in Bheemeswara Purana that the four places that give Salvation or Moksha are Varanasi(Banaras), Kedaram, Kumbhakonam and Pithapuram. This place which is one among the Trigaya Kshetras has become famous as Padagaya.
Pithapuram Sri Kukkuteswara Swamy Temple is also known as Padagaya Maha Punyaskhetram, Puruhutika Devi and Sri Puruhuthika Ammavaru Temple.
It is said that “PINDA PRADANAM” Performed here acquires Salvation. The last rights performed here is equal to the rights performed at Kasi Vishwanath Temple.
Pithapuram Kukkuteswara Swamy Temple Timings:
Morning: 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Evening: 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Pithapuram Temple Deities Visiting Order:
1) Gayasura Padhas
2) Vishnu Padhas
3) Lord Ganesh
4) Lord Dattatreya
5) Lord Datta Mandir
7) Adhi Shankeracharya
8) Ayyapa Temple
9) Kasi Visweswara Swamy
12) Subrahmanyeswara Swamy / subramanya Swamy / Muruga
14) Kanaka Durga
15) Puruhuthika Devi
16) kukkuteswara Swamy
17) Raja Rajeswari Devi
18) Kala Bhairavudu
Pithapuram Sri Kukkuteswara Swamy Temple History:
Once Indra has cheated Ahalya (wife of Gautama maharshi) in the form of Gautama and was cursed by the Maharshi. Indra lost his testes and got the symbols of Yoni all over his body. He felt very sad and prąyed Gautama a lot. Finally the Rishi accepted and told that the Yoni symbols will look like eyes, so that Indra will be called as Sahasraksha there after. But Indra lost his testes. He wanted to regain them. He left his kingdome, came to Piithika puri and did Tapasya for Jaganmata. After a long time Jaganmata appeared before him and blessed him with wealth and testes. Indra was very happy and prąyed her as Puruhutika devi (One who was worshiped by Indra).
After a very long time Jagadguru Sripada vallabha took birth in Pithapuram. He too worshiped Puruhutika devi and realized his self. He is an incarnation of Dattatreya.
Pithapuram Kukkuteswara Swamy Temple Poojas:
Antaralaya Darshnam (Ordinary Days)
Pratyeka Darshanam (Ordinary Days)
Visista Darshnam (Special Days)
Pithapuram Kukkuteswara Swamy Temple Accomodation:
Pithapuram Temple Authorities are providing 3 A/C and 4 Non-A/c Rooms for devotees.
There are 32 A/C dormitory with locker facility.
Pithapuram Sri Kukkuteswara Swamy Temple Address:
Sri Kukkuteswara Swamy
East Godavari District,
Andhra Pradesh – 533450
Phone : 08869 – 251445(office)
Email : [email protected]