Sri Parasurameswara Temple

Saivam, Vainavam and Bhrama

 

Overview

One of the oldest surviving Shivling in the world is located at the e Parashurameshvara Templin Chittor District in Andhra Pradesh. The temple is more than 2,200 years old and is around 25 km east of Tirupati. The Lord here is known as Parasurameshwara, and this lingam is believed to depict the trinity. The legend of the temple connects it to Parasurama, an avatar of Lord Vishnu.
 
Legend has it that Parashuram’s mother Renuka was suspected of infidelity by her husband Sage Jamadagni. The Sage ordered Parashurama to behead his mother. Parashurama obeyed his father and when Sage Jamadagni wanted to reward his son, Parashurama asked him to bring his mother back to life. And she was brought back to life. But Parashuram could not overcome guilt of beheading his mother and he felt remorse about his act. As a penance he was advised by other Rishis to worship Shiva at Gudimallam.
 
Gudimallam Shivalingam is believed to be a manifestation of the Trimurtis, with Brahma at the bottom, Vishnu in the middle and Shiva on top. There is an interesting story which narrates the origin of the Gudimallam Shivalingam.
 
The main temple consists an apsidal shrine in lower level with Ardha Mandapam and mahamandapam in front, all facing east and each higher than the previous one.  The Main entrance to the shrine is, however from the south side of Maha mandala when the walled enclosure is added by an ornamental pillared porch. The main shrine is closed all round externally by a peristyle cloister,the Vimana over the shrine is of brick,hollow inside and is apsidal on plan,elevation resembling a linga nut hence termed as lingakruti Vimana. The sanctum has a false ceiling over wooden joints. A devi shrine is added at north-west corner.other minor shrines within the prakara include kartikya and subramanya,a plain  gopura is provided at the western entrance of the compound wall.the stone temple complex is in late pallava/bana and chola style and good number of inscribed records speak of the perpetual gifts made by kings,the earliest belonging to the bana’s and latest of the time of yadaya devaraya inscription of the time of vikramachola refers to complete rebuilding of the temple in 1126 a.d. along with gopura and the well.
 
The linga on its frontal faceta relief figure standing siva. He has two hands the right one holds a ram by the hind legs head hanging downwards. In the left a globular pot is held and a battle axe(parasu) rests on the left shoulder. The linga is fixed within two stone rings during the earliest phase inside the sanctum which served as arghapitha. The standing form of the god reveals Vedic and protopuranic concepts of Rudra. He is shown standing on the shoulders of a crouching dwarf Yaksha whose features are unique. He is seated on the knees body shrunken, and light teethed as if resisting the super lord. The ears are leaf shaped while the terminals of feet show their merman affinity this save dika linga set up was apparently in open during the early centuries B.C. and surrounded by allow three bared on slabs ecalling of baruhut and bodhgaya. The tops of the railing were found broken,but now renovated to its original height and matching color expect the main linga and the pithas surrounding by a stone railing all the other structural embellishments are later additions by successive rulers and the temple continued to be venerated from circa third century B.C. down to the present day.
 
 
Temple Timing: 6.00 am to 8.00 pm
 
How to Reach,
30 kms from Tirupati RTC Bus stand
 
Nearest Railway Station:  Renigunta Railway Junction
 
Nearest Airport:Tirupati International Airport 
 

Location

Country
India
State
Andhra Pradesh
City
Chittoor
Location
Gudimallam
Address
Sri Parasurameswara Temple, GudiMallam Village, Tirupati Rural, Chittoor (Dst.), Andhra Pradesh
Contact Info
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Gudimallam
Nearest Railway Station
Renigunta Jn (RU)
Nearest Airport
Tirupati Airport
IN
latitude : 13.632499690 longitude :79.543296810
Corporation : Tirupati
GPS Code : VOTP
Open Year
2,200 years old
Visiting Hours
6.00 am to 8.00 pm

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