Pancharama Temples, History, Timings and Pooja details
Pancharama Temples History
Demon Tarakasura theft Amrutha Atma Linga which emerged out during Ksheerasagar Mathanam (drilling Ocean of Milk). Tarakasura wearing this Linga around his neck, with its supernatural powers, he was unbeatable. Kumara Swamy son of Siva and Parvathi, who was the commander-in-chief for deities came face to face with Tarakasura in the war. Kumara Swamy used his Sakthi weapon to kill Tarakasura. Kumaraswamy repeatedly broke Tarakasura body into pieces and it was reunified again. Kumaraswamy was confused and sought advice from Vishnu.
Lord Maha Vishnu advised Kumara Swamy to break Shiva linga into pieces, only then the demon can be killed. Maha Vishnu also said that even after breaking the Shiva linga, the pieces will try to reunite again. To prevent this reunion, all these broken pieces should be fixed in those places where they fall, by worshipping and building temples on top it.
As advised by Maha Vishnu, Kumara Swamy used his Agni weapon to break the Siva Linga worn by the demon. The Atma Linga broken into five pieces, the broken pieces tried to reunite by making the chant ‘om’. To prevent this Indra, Surya (Sun), Chandra (Moon), Vishnu and Kumara Swamy worshipped the Linga’s at the respective places.
Pancharama Temples (Kshetras)
1. Draksharamam Temple
It is said that Surya Bhagavan fixed Siva Linga at Bhimavaram by worshipping and building the temple.
Sri Bhimeswara Temple is a two-storeyed building having Dviprakanas. These stone boundary walls rise to a considerable height. The temple can be approached by four Dwaras (gates) on the cardinal directions and each of them has gopuram over it. The western gopuram is relatively bigger than the other three Gopuram viz., north, east and south.
2. Kumararama Temple
Kumara Swamy had installed the Siva Linga here. From inscriptions, it is known that this temple was built by Eastern Chalukyan king Bhima during 9th and 10th centuries.
3. Somarama Temple
It is believed that Chandra (Soma or Moon) installed Linga here by worshipping the Idol.
Linga inside the Sanctum Sanctorum keeps changing the colours from White to brown. On a full moon day, Linga appears in pure white colour and it will be Brown on No moon day (Amavasya day)
It is said that the Moon God worshipped Lord Siva to get rid of his sins. Temple tank Chandra Pushkarini located opposite to the temple is called by Soma Gundam.
4, Amararama Temple
Amaravati Temple is as holy as the Varanasi Temple in Northern India and the river Krishna is as holy as the River Ganga which flows next to Varanasi Temple.
Lord Indra with his Guru Brihaspati established the first and biggest piece and named the Lord as Amareswara.
5. Ksheerarama Temple
Lord Vishnu Installed Siva Linga here. From the inscriptions, it is known that this temple was built by the King Bheemeswara in the year 918 A.D. The main deity inside the Sanctum Sanctorum is of 2 feet in height. It is known from the inscriptions that Great poets Nanayya, Thikkana, Srinatha visited this shrine.
Best way to visit Pancharama Temples
|Bhimeswara Swamy Temple||Draksharamam|
|Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple||Amaravathi|
|Someswara Swamy Temple||Bhimavaram|
|Ksheeramalingeswara Swamy Temple||Palakollu|
|Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple||Samarlakota|
Pancharama Temples Route map
Amararama Temple <-> Kumararama Temple <-> Ksheerarama Temple <-> Draksharamam Temple <-> Somarama Temple.
Pancharama Temples Tour Package
- The package is available from Guntur, Vijayawada and Annavaram
- Please note that it is not a Roundtrip package.
Temples located close to Kakinada
- Draksharamam which is 29 km away
- Samarlakota is 12 km away
Temples close to Guntur
- Amaravathi Temple is 32 km away
Temples close to Rajahmundry
- Ksheerarama Temple is 68 k away
- Kumararama temple is 23 km from Ksheerarama.
Pancharama Temples Timings
During Karthika Masam, temples remain open till 9:30 pm. So devotees can cover all these temples within a day.
For Pancharama Temples Package Details, Please call @ 93 93 93 9150
Ticket Cost: Rs.859 per person. Boarding at Vijayawada Station.