Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Pancharamalu

                                                PANCHARAMALU 


             Hi, In this Post I would like to share information regarding   PANCHARAMALU (Lord Siva temples) located in different parts of Andhra Pradesh .

PURANIC HISTORY OF PANCHARAMALU

             When Lord Shiva killed Thripurasura with Pasupathasthra .The SHIVALINGA which was worshiped by him was made into 5 pieces. They fell in different places. Lord Shiva told Devathas to install them at the places where they fell immediately as they start growing there itself. The places where they are installed are called as PANCHARAMALU. There is a belief that it is good to see all five Pancharamas in a single day.


Five Pancharamalu are
1. Amararamam in Amaravathi
2. Kheraramam in Palakollu(West Godavari district, AndhraPradesh)
3. Somaramam in Bhimavaram(West Godavari, AndhraPradesh)
4. Kumararamam in Samarlakota(AndhraPradesh)
5. Daksharamam(East Godavari district, AndhraPradesh)


1) AMARARAMAM (AMARAVATHI)


The first one of  Pancharamalu is Amararamam in Amaravathi, Gunter District, AndhraPradesh.


God:   Sri Amareswara Swamy
Goddess:   Sri Bala Chamundeswari Devi
Theertha:  River Krishna
Place : Amaravathi

Sri Amareswara Swamy, Bala Chamundeswari Devi, Amaravati

As Lord Siva ordered the Devathas to install the pieces of Linga at places where they fell, Indra went to the place where large portion of the Linga fell, by then itself that portion started growing in the form of Sivalinga. Lord Indra installed it on Asvija shudha dasami and worshipped the Linga .As Indra installed the Linga that place  is called by his name as Amararamam (Amaravathi). Lord Shiva is called as AMARESWARA.  33crores Devathas worshipped there to get the power to defeat the demons(Asura's.or Rakshasa's).


               As river Krishna is flowing there it became theertha. Those who bath in Krishna river and worship Amareswara will get fruits of doing 1000 Yagnas, many Vagpayayagnas and Donating thousands of cows to a Brahmins. It is believed that those who visit this temple will not have Rebirth (next janma).


ABOUT  TEMPLE

              There are 3 Prakaras. In these three Prakaras there are eleven Lingas Installed. When you go in Pradakshana you can see Pranaveswara Swamy, Shankaracharya, Kasi Viswanath, Uma Maheswara Swamy, Dattatraya Swamy, Ruda Padalu, Jwalamukhi Devi, Kosaleswara and Veerabhadhra Swamy. From here you can go to Krishna river.

RadhOsthavam, Amaravathi
            During Dasara special poojas are performed here to the goddess in this Prakara.


            In the second prakara when you enter through east direction and go by pradakshana you can see Vinayaka, Kala Bhirava, Thulla Bhara Mandapams built by Sri Krishna Devaraya and Venkatadri Naidu. Kumara Swamy, Anjaneya Swamy temples are present.

                  In third Prakara when you go in pradakshana you can see Srisaila Mallikarjuna Swamy in south direction and in north west you can see Kasi Viswanath Swamy and in north east direction you can see Chandeeswara Swamy in south east direction you can see Srikalahastheeswara Swamy. They are in the same direction as in their holy places


                Kalabhirava is Shetra Palaka. You can also see VenuGopala Swamy temple .In east direction. Near Dwajasthambam Surya Bhagawan is installed. You can see Dwajasthambam in four directions. After praying to Nandi, pray to Amareswara and Bala Chamundewari Devi.


           In Garbalaya Amareswara Swamy is 10 feet height so abhishakam is performed by using the stairs laid by the side of the Linga on both sides. The temple is renovated by Raja Vasireddy Venkatadri Naidu.


CONTACT NUMBER OF AMARARAMAM
 Phone : 08645-255241 


2) DRAKSHARAMAM  


Another place where the portion of SivaLinga felt is Draksharamam.

Sri Bhimaswara Swamy in First Floor


God:   Bhimaswaraswami

Goddess:   Manikyambadevi
Theertha:  Saptha Godavari
Kshetra Palaka: LakshminarayanaSwamy











Sri Bhimaswara Swamy in Ground Floor

             Draksharamam is also known as Dakshavatika earlier. Unlike other  Pancharamas this Pancharamam has a specialty, it is also among the  Trilinga Ksetras (Srisailam, Draksharamam, Kaleswaram) and  Draksharamam is one among the 18 Shakthipeetas (Manikyamba Devi). It is said that Sankaracharya asked Manikyamba Devi  to turn her  eyes to sides as she is very powerful and people cannot bear power of the her eyes seeing straight . Draksharamam is also called as Dakshina Kasi. As Kaasi is Mukthi Kshetra , Draksharamam is both Boga and  Mukthi Khsetra .We can get details of  Draksharamam in Skanda Puranam.


PURANIC HISTORY OF DRAKSHARAMAM :
  
Sri Manikyambadevi
                Here Daksha Prajapathi  performed Yagna so it is called as Drakshavatika. Daksha Prajapathi is father of  SathiDevi, wife of LordSiva. He wanted to perform an Yagna. He invited  all gods and goddesses to the Yagna other than Lord Shiva and SathiDevi. SathiDevi wanted to see the Yaga and asked Lord Shiva also to accompany here. Lord Shiva refused to accompany here, so she alone went to Dakshavatika. There she was insulted. She created fire by rubbing her toe to the Earth and sacrificed her life.

               Lord Shiva got angry and he created Veerabadhra Swamy from his Jatajuta and  asked him to destroy Drakshavatika. After Drashavatika is destroyed, Lord Shiva took the body of SathiDevi on his shoulders and started to do Layathandavam.  Inorder to cool down Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu has cut SathiDevi’s body into 18 pieces by his Sudarsanachakra. The places where they fell are called as ASTADASA SHAKTHIPEETALU.

                The place where Dakshayini (SathiDevi) sacrificed her life, LordSiva  came as Swayumbuvu(self manifested) as BhimaSwamy and he was first worshiped by God Sun.


THEERTHA :

Dwajastambam near Nandi Mandapam
                   At the time of installation of Swayambu Bhimeswara Swamy, Saptarishis wanted to get Godavari which is flowing 10kms away from Draksharamam. They thought to bring Godavari with them to Draksharamam, another rishi, called Thulya thought Godavari would destroy his Yagna if Saptharishis do so. As fight started between them, Vedavyasa Maharihsi  solved the problem, by telling them that Godavari will be flowing under ground until it reaches Drakshavatika and there it will come out as a Puskarini by the name Sapthagodavari.

                 By the time Saptharishis came to Draksharamam Swayambu Bhimaswara Swamy got installed by him self as it is getting late and God Surya did Abishekam to Bhimeswara Swamy first, with the Saptha Godavari water.
    
                 It is said that in evening times as fresh air comes over this Godavari, Lord Shiva will be in relaxed position and all the snakes (ornaments of Lord Shiva) will eat the air coming from this Godavari(in our Sastras it is said that snakes eat the air coming over the water) and Lord Shiva is also in happy mood .So our prayers will be fulfilled easily at that time.

MY EXPERIENCE

I went to Draksharamam twice at evenings and my wishses were fulfilled immediately with in 20 days. Both Manikyamba Devi and Bhimaswara Swamy are very powerful. Perform Kumkuma pooja to Manikyamba Devi. At evening there won’t be Abishekam to Lord Shiva(only mornings).


ASTA SOMESWARULU

Nandieswara in Nandi Mandapam
                 In Draksharamam, to calm down the anger of Lord Shiva, Lord Chandra installed 8 Someswara temples around Draksharamam. 



            They are Kolanka, Venturu, Kotipalli, Vella, Damgaru, Korumella, Someswaram, Penumalla.

            There are also separate Shivalingas and Devi temples for each Rasi and for each Nakshatra Padam separately.

            we can worship them by our own, according to our Rasi and our Nakshtra Padam to get rid of problems

            First worship by Nama Nakshatra, or by birth star and then go to RASI LINGA and then go to Draksharamam and get rid of ILL EFFECTS OF GRAHAS. I will publish the details in my coming post.


            If u can have an aerial view of all these temples together, it looks like a lotus flower .Due to lack of publicity many people don’t know about these temples. PLEASE DO TRY TO SEE THEM.


TEMPLE ADDRESS

The executive Officer,
Sri Bhimeswara Swamy Temple,
Draksharama,
Ramachandrapuram(M),
East Godavari District,
Aandhra.Pradesh,
pin-533 262,
Phone no: 08857- 252488


3) KSHERARAMAM


TEMPLE TIMINGS: 5.30am to 11.30am and 4.00pm to 8.30pm


              Next temple in Pancharamalu is Ksheraramam. Ksheraramam is in Palakollu, West Godavari district.  

              According to Puranas, like in Rameswaram in Tamilandu. Lord Srirama also worshipped Siva in this temple, so it is also called as KsheraRamalingeswara Swamy.

KsheraRamalingeswara Swamy, Palakollu
             Here SivaLinga is in white colour.

             In the place where the temple exits now,It is said that Lord Siva brought out milk from earth by using his arrow by using his arrow. So the place is called Palakollu.

This temple was built by Chanukya kings in 10-11 centuries.  

            Main attraction in this temple is Goopuram. It is 125 feet height and it has 9 floors. It is one of the tallest Goopurams in Andhrapradesh. 


How TO REACH THE TEMPLE



It is140km from Vijayawada and 90km from Draksharamam.

CONTACT NUMBER

08814-222822

ACCOMIDATION

 1. Hotel Chandika A/C,Palakollu,09347327989

 2. Sri GajaLakshmi Lodge A/C ,Money Market,Palakollu,A.P,

Phone : 08814-223097

4) SOMARAMAM

God : Sri Someshwara Janardhana
Goddess: Annapurna Devi
Place : Bhimavaram

                 Next one in Pacharamalu is Somaramam. Lord Someswara Swamy is in Gunipudi, Bhimavaram,West Godhavari, AndhraPradesh.

            The temple here is called Sri Someshwara Janardhana Swamy. It is just 22kms away from Palakollu. 


TEMPLE TIMINGS: 5.00am to 11.00am and 4.00pm to 8.00pm.


          As it is a village, temple will be closed by11am. To perform Abishekam. It is best to be there by 9.30-10am.


          There is a pond in front of the temple called as Somakundam. Temple is built in 3rd  century. Here in Somaramam SivaLinga is about 5 feet height and it is a Spatika Linga. According to the movement of moon, the colour of the SivaLinga will change. On no moon days it turns into blakish brown and on full moon days it is in white colour.

          Goddess Annapurna is also present in the temple.

HOW TO REACH THE SOMARAMAM

It is 23kms from Palakollu.
130kms from Vijayawada and 118kms from Samalkota.


NEAR BY TEMPLES


YENAMADURU --  SAKTEESWARASWAMY TEMPLE(SEERSHASANA  SIVA) 6Km away.I will provide the details of this temple in the coming posts.             


CONTACT NUMBER
08816-235410

5) KUMARARAMAM

God: Sri Kumara Lingeswara Swamy     

 Kumararamam, Samarlakota

Goddess: Balatripurasundari Devi.

             Next temple in Pancharamalu  is Kumararamam. It is in Samarlakota, East Godavari district. Kumara Swamy installed this SivaLingam and it is called by his name as Kumararamama. Architecture of this temple resembles Draksharamam. It is also built by Chalukya Bhima by the end of 9th  century.
  
          


  The Linga here in Kumararamam is a Spatika Linga and it is up to second floor. All the abishekas and poojas are done in second floor.  


            To the west of the main temple there is 100 pillars hall, in which no two pillars are alike.There is also a swing made of rock in other Mandapam. If you move that rock swing it will swing .

            Another specialty in this temple is in March-April(Chaitra, Vaisaka) months sun rays directly fall on Siva’s feet in morning and in evenings rays fall on the feet of Balatripurasundari Devi.


            There is a pond called Bhimagundam. Have a bath in this gundam and perform pooja here it will remove all your sins.

 HOW TO REACH KUMARARAMAM 

 It is 43kms from Draksharamam via Kakinada and 50kms from Rajahmundry. 


ACCOMIDATION


Sri Krishna hotel ,Teachers colony ,Samalkota

Hotels are available at Kakinada

 NEAR BY TEMPLES 

Pithapuram, it is a Sakthi Peetam. It is 14kms away from Samarlakota .


DO Visit Pithapuram.



                                             

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

very useful post .. Thanks for writing .. as I am going 2 visit them tomorrow i find it very helpful ...Krishna

Anonymous said...

Good information. I wish I would visit all Pancharamalu with my family.

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Places to see in India said...

I wish I would visit all Pancharamas in India.

USHA said...

Very nice information thanks to admin who shared this information...

om namah sivaya said...

Great Information. You have provided the best information available. Please continue this blog and let hindu dharma spread its rays in all directions.

der said...

Sir please route map from pancharamrlu

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