Sri Valeeswarar Temple




Ramagiri is situated in Andhrapradesh.This temple built by Pallava king in the 9th century A.D. about 95 kms northwest of Chennai, enroute to Puthur from Uthukkottai after crossing Suruttuppalli and Nagalapuram, on the right hand side.
Lord Shiva has 5 faces; Isaanam, Thathpurusham, Vaamadhevam, Sathyojaatham and Agoram.This temple represents the Isaana face of Lord Shiva. Though this is a Shiva temple, the Pradhana Murthy (Primary Deity) here is Sri Kala Bhairavar, also called as Santhaana Praapthi Bhairavar.
 In Ramayana, after defeating Ravana, Rama reached Rameswaram, on his way to Ayodhya. As he killed Ravana, he was caught by Brahmahathi Dhosha. One will suffer from this Dhosha, if he kills a Brahmin. Ravana, though being a demon king, was a Brahmin as he was born to a Rishi. Rama was advised by His Guru Sage Vasishtar to get a Shiva Lingam from Kaasi  and perform poojas to Lord Shiva to get relieved from the Dhosha, so that he can proceed to Ayodhya to take charge as the king.Rama took his Guru’s advice and sent Anjaneya (Hanuman) to bring a Shiva Lingam from Kaasi Kshethra. Anjaneya took the order of his master and went to Kaasi and brought a Shiva Lingam.
Here even today, the Shiva Lingam is seen in a tilted position towards North, as it was pulled by the tail of Hanuman. Also there are marks of the tail on this Shiva Lingam.Another unique feature of this temple is Lord Anjaneya is present in front of the sanctum between the deity and the Nandhi facing Lord Shiva in a praying gesture. Such Shiva temple is not seen anywhere else.
When he was crossing this place Kalabhairavar who was present here wanted the Lingam to be installed here and so he tricked Hanuman to leave theLingam here. Since it was a hot day Hanuman felt thirsty and landed here with the lingam. He was searching for a water source. Kalabhairava came in the form of a cow herd and pointed to the lake here created by him.through prayers to Ganga.. Since the lingam must not be placed on the earth as it would take root there itself Hanuman requested the Cowherd to hold the lingam which was heavy.Just like ucchi pilliar tricked vibhishana in Srirangam with Sri Ranganatha’s vigraham so also Bhairavar faked that it was too heavy and left the lingam here .How ever much he tried an enraged hanuman could not move it .He tried with all his might with his tail around the lingam, It just tilted but would not  budge hence it is called Vaal eashwarar. The pond  here has a continuous source of water sprouting from the mouth of a Nandi from a hidden spring which is very clear and cold. It is supposedly of medicinal value in treating Neurological problems.
When you enter the main temple The first praharam you see is the ambal maragathambikai who is enchanting and calm looking having four arms and facing south.The hall in front of the ambal is recently built and has a neat tiled floor and is roomy .(The Second praharam). There is a very unique Vallabha ganapathy on the right with its trunk coiled up in front of the face!! as seen from the statue below. It is really very pretty inside in stone. This praharam leads in front to the Kalabhairavar sannidhi which is a temple in itself with its own vimanam and with koshta devathas all of them are Bhairavas in different postures. The vahanam is a dog just like the nandhi in the sivan sannidhi and you find dogs carved in many niches as well as live ones happily walking inside.There is a seperate niche and sannidhi  for Kalikamba inside facing south.The bhairavar faces east and is seated - Santhana Praapthi bhairavar.The shiva is east facing .The Sivalingam is tilted towards the north and has marks of hanumans tail as grooves on it encircling the lord.The pic above is from the statue outside on the wall of the temple.
The temple pond which is situated in front of the temple, is called Nandhi Theertham. There is a small Shiva Lingam with a Nandhi nearby. Nandhi’s front half is seen protruding from the wall of the pond. The water originating somewhere from the hill, reaches a small well and from there it passes and comes through this Nandhi’s mouth and flows into the pond. Native villagers say that they have never seen this water flow stop, since their memory. Also they are not sure about the source from where the water reaches Nandhi.
Temple Timing: 8.00 am to 11.45 am and 3.00 pm to 5.45 pm
How to Reach,
Road Way: On the Periapalayam, puttur road after you cross Nagalapuram look out for the temple arch at the village Ramagiri.
Nearest Railway Station: Ramagiri Railway Station
Nearest Airport: Tirupati Airport,


Andhra Pradesh
Nagalapuram (Chittoor)
Sri Valeeswarar Temple, Ramagiri, Pitchatur Mandal, Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh
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Ramagiri (RGI)
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Tirupati Airport
latitude : 13.632499690 longitude :79.543296810
Corporation : Tirupati
Open Year
9th century A.D
Dedicated To
Pallava king
Visiting Hours
8.00 am to 11.45 am and 3.00 pm to 5.45 pm

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