Kukkuteswara Swamy Temple, Sri Puruhutika Devi Temple - Padagaya Kshetram
Andhra Pradesh , East Godavari
In the East Godavari belt of Andhra Pradesh, stands an ancient temple of Lord Shiva, the Kukkuteshwara Swamy temple. It is one of the three Gayas, the Padagaya, where rituals for the departed ancestors is done. The devotees believe that conduct of such rituals would give their should liberation or moksha. Here, the Lord is worshipped as the cock. The temple has the shrine of Puruhitika devi, considered to be one of the Shaktipeetha. Lord Indira is believed to have worshipped the Devi here. Jagadguru Sripada, is also described as having worshipped Puruhitika Devi.
The legend of the temple is associated with the cursing of the demon Gayasura. The demon who was a devotee of Lord Vishnu accepted the Trimuthi's request of conducting a yagna on his body. The demon lay down still, his body extending from Gaya to Pithapuram, for 6 days, but on the seventh day, Lord Shiva tricked him with the crowing of the cock to believe that the yagna had finished. The yagna got disturbed and the demon's body parts fell in diff...View more
rent places. The site where his feet fell is the Padagaya Kshetra or Kukutesrara Swamy temple. The Puruhithika Shakthipeetham here is described as the place where Devi's lower back had fallen.This temple is part of famous Shaktipeethas.
The temple is built in Dravidian style with goupram and the vimana above the sanctum adorned with sculptures. The temple is vast and spacious. Near the temple pond there is a huge statue of Gyasura in the lying pose with the Trimurthis which depicts the legend of the temple. The Puruhutika Devi shrine had carvings of Ashtadesa Shaktipeeths on its walls. The idol of devi has four hands. There are shrines of Vinayaka, Subrahmanya Swamny, Kala...View more
haoirava, Annapoorneshwari, Sri Rama, etc around the temple. The Lingam of Shiva is swayambhu ad in the form of a cock. There is a huge Nandi statue. Dattatreya temple is also inside the premise. An imprint of Vishnu's footprints can be seen in the temple.
Timings : Padagaya Kshetram is open from 5:30 AM till 12:30 PM and 4:30PM til 7:30 PM.The place is considered holy for 'Pind dan' or 'Shradha', the rituals for the departed
Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire
Pithapuram is famous for its ancient temples. Pithapuram is one of the twelve holy pilgrim centres(punya kshetram) and is considered equivalent to Kasi.
NH214, Kalyanamandapm, Pithapuram, Andhra Pradesh
By rail - Kakinada is the nearest major station and most trains in the Chennai-Howrah route stop here.
The priests perform regular pujas like the abhishekam, nivedhanam, dhoophaseva, neeranjanam etc.
Flowers, garlands, coconut, kumkumam
Kumkumarachana is performed in the morning to the deity of Puruhutika Devi
|March - Shivratri|
|September - Pitripaksha mela (Sept/Oct)|
|October - Navarathri|
|December - Karthika deep|