Punyagiri Temple, Shiva Temple
Andhra Pradesh, Vizianagaram
Located about 25 km from Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh, Punyagiri temple is a famous and one of the oldest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is located in the hills of Punyagiri in the Eastern Ghats. Here, Lord Shiva is called as Uma Kotilingeswara Swamy. The temple is famous for ‘Asthikala Nimarjanam’.
According to the legends, Pandavas stayed here in this forest during their exile period. It is said that Chinaputturdara falls which is located on the right side of hills emerges from the base of Siva Linga. The Linga in the temple is bathed by the underground perennial flow. Devotees used to take a bath at these falls before Lord Siva Darshan inside the temple as it is believed that by doing so they will be relieved from their sins.
The temple flooring is made of rock stone. The gopuram of the temple is made of sand stone and the outer walls of the temple mandapa is designed with sculptures of gods and goddesses. The most prominent feature of the temple is that the lingam enshrined in the temple is bathed by an underground water source.
Timings : 06:00 AM to 9:00PM
Wear neat and clean clothes and avoid shorts for men
Vizianagaram district is connected with hoary past of Kalinga, one of the political divisions of ancient India.The social customs in Vizianagaram district are South Indian Style with minor changes. The local people are soft-spoken and kind at heart with strong family traditions.
Punyagiri Temple,Punyagiri Rd, Rega Punyagiri, Andhra Pradesh-535145
The nearest international airport is at Visakhapatnam which is 70 km away.
Direct train is available to Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram. stations Visakhapatnam is the major city and is well connected with all parts of India.
BY ROAD :
Temple is 35 km from Vizianagaram and 70 km from Visakhapatnam. Temple is 4 km from Srungavarapukota. Direct bus to S.Kota is available from Vizianagaram bus station.
Daily Morning pooja and arati starts from 07:30 AM onwards and thereafter, astothram and seva programs to be performed as per the temple scheduled calender.
Karthika Masam,Siva Ratri