Panchadharla Dharmalingeswara Temple, Kotilingam Temple Panchadharla, Dharmalingeswara Temple
Andhra Pradesh, Visakhapatnam
Situated at Dharapalem also known as Panchadarlais, Panchadharla Dharmalingeswara Temple or the Kotilingam Temple Panchadharla is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Kottilingam which means crores of Lingams is situated near the five fountains. There is a carved Lingam which has 12 rows where each row has 85 lingams. The two inscriptions found in the temple dates back to the 14 century AD (1407 and 1428) and contain the genealogy of the Eastern Chalukya dyansty.
According to the legends, once the king Dharma Raja came here to heal his sickness, he renounces the sex and hence got the name of Dharmalingeswara. It is also believed that Arjuna did penance on a big rock here for Pasupata asthram.
The temple is built according to Cholas style of architecture. The Temple has a carved Lingam which has 12 rows and each row contains 85 lingams. The mandapam of the temple has astounding pillars and it also bears inscriptions dating back to the 15th century. These contain a genealogy of chiefs of the Eastern Chalukya ancestry and the Eastern Chalukya titles of Sarvalokasraya and Vishnu Vardana.
Timings : 07:00 AM To 08:30 PM
Wear modest clothes and avoid shorts for men
Visakhapatnam located in the Andhra Pradesh state in India is basically an important industrial hub, sea port in India. Visakhapatnam was a small village engaged in fishing during start of 20Th century. Its growth started with building of a harbor and establishing Scindia Steam Navigation Company here. Later after Independence of India, Visakhapatnam has been developed into a major Industrial town with establishment of many public sector companies like Bharat Heavy Plates & Vessels Ltd. Hindustan Zinc Limited, Caltex Refineries Ltd. (now H.P.C.L.), Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, N.T.P.C., Shmhadri Thermal Power Plant, Dredging Corporation of India Ltd. Etc. As the Eastern Naval Command, Steel Plant and H.P.C.P. are located here we see a cultural mix of the people here in Visakhapatnam. Telugu is predominantly spoken language in Visakhapatnam. The local population is mostly Telugu and Oriya who have moved to the area from nearby Orissa and Kalinga. Now many BPO’s and Software companies have started coming here and many NRI are settling here, thereby pushing up real estate prices. The economic growth of this place can be attributed to the availability of convent educated English speaking workforce of the city. Puffed rice, chopped onions, tomatoes, boiled peas, Idlis, Upmas and Dosas are famous food here.
Kotilingam Temple / Panchadharla Dharmalingeswara Temple, Cherlopalem, Visakhapatnam district, Andhra Pradesh 531061
Vishakapatnam airport is the nearest airport.
Nearby railway stations include Elamanchili Railway Station, Narasingapalli Railway Station and Anakapalle Railway Station and the Vishakapatnam Railway station which is located at distance of 51 km from Panchadarla.
The nearby Bus stations include Yelarnanchili APSRTC Bus Station, Addaroad/N K Palli APSRTC Bus Station , Anakapalli Bye Pass APSRTC Bus Station. APSRTC operates a large network of busses to and from Panchadarla.
Daily Morning Pooja and arati starts from 07:30 AM onwards and thereafter, astothram and seva program's to be performed as per the temple schedule.