Temples in Pithapuram
Sri Kukkuteswara Swamy Temple
Sri Kukkuteswara Swamy Temple is a Lord Shiva Temple in the East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. Pithapuram which was earlier known as Pithikapuram is one of the Eighteen Shakthi Peethas. The presiding Deity is Lord Shiva which is in the form of a Spatika Linga. It is also known as Swayambhu Linga of white marble and is about two feet in height. The Linga is in a form of a cock, hence Lord Shiva is called Sri Kukkuteswara Swamy. There is a huge beautiful idol of Nandi made from a single stone in front of the temple. There is also the temple of Puruhutika Devi inside the campus of Sri Kukkuteswara Swamy Temple and is one of the Asta Dasha Shakti Peethas. After Daksha Yagna, Goddess Sati Devi's body part fell down in this area because this place earlier known as Puruhoothika Puram later changed to Pithapuram. This temple is considered as the 10th Sakthi Peetham of the 18 Shakti Peethas, the temple also celebrates the festivals like Maha Shivaratri, Sarannavarathri, Navratri and Kaartika Masam.
Sripaada Srivallabha Temple
Sripaada Srivallabha Temple is a Guru of Dattatreya Sampradaya who is honoured as an Avatar of Lord Dattatreya and is considered one of the first Avatars of the idol Dattatreya in Kaliyuga. Sripaada Srivallabha was born in Pithapuram in Andhra Pradesh. It is believed that the Avatar Sripaada Srivallabha is Chiranjeevi and that he took Jalsamadhi in Kuravapura or Kurugaddi, on river Krishna near Raichur, Karnataka.
Shri Puruhutika Devi Temple
Shri Puruhutika Devi Temple is located in Pithapuram village in the district of East Godavari in Andhra Pradesh. Sri Puruhutika Devi temple is an important Ashta Dasha Shakthi Peetha. Devi Sati is worshipped as Puruhutika and Lord Shiva as Kukkuteswara Swamy. It is believed that the Seat of Sati Devi had fallen here when Lord Vishnu cut her body with the Sudarshana Chakra. The idol of Puruhutika Devi temple is seen with four hands, these hands have a dish known as Madhu Patra, lotus and a bag with seeds. It is believed that the original idol of this temple is buried under the ground and this place is a holy pilgrim site for many other ancient temples like Hunkruthi Durga, Rajarajeswari temple, Sripada Srivallabha Dattatreya temple and Kunti Madhava temple.
Pithapuram is famous for its rich cultural and religious heritage. There are many temples including Sri Kukkuteswara Swamy Temple, Sripapda Srivallabha Temple and Shri Puruhutika Devi Temple. The best time to visit the temples of Pithapuram is from the month of July to October. Many festivals are celebrated like Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi, Sharav Month and many others. Know more about Pithapuram Temples arti and darshan timings at Yatradham.org.