Puruhutika Devi Temple Pithapuram is one of the Astadasa Sakti Peetam. It stands 10th in the powerful 18 Sakti Peeta across the Indian subcontinent. The main deity inside the temple has four hands holding Seeds, Axe, Lotus and Patra in each hand.
Puruhutika Devi Temple Pithapuram History
As per legends, Prajapati Daksha’s daughters had married the devas, but the youngest daughter, Sati had chosen to marry Lord Siva against her father’s wish. Daksha was not keeping good relation with his son-in-law Lord Siva. Daksha to insult Lord Siva decided to perform big Yagna, for which he invited all the gods and goddesses, except Lord Shiva, to partake their offerings.
When Sati on knowing this Yagna, decided to visit her maternal house, though she was not invited. Sati who was offended by the scoldings of her father immolated herself in the fire of Yogagni generated by her. Angered by this, Siva ordered Veerabhadra to destroy Daksha Yagna. Veerabhadra along with Kali and other Siva Ganas destroyed to Yajna and killed Daksha.
Lord Siva after collecting Sati’s body, danced the dance of destruction ‘Pralaya Thandavam’. To stop this destruction, Vishnu sent his disc (Sudarshana Chakra) to break the corpse of Sati body into pieces. The disc broke the corpse into 18 pieces, which fell across the Indian subcontinent. These 18 places were called by Sakthi Peethas. Pithapuram is the place where Peeta part from Sati’s body fallen here.
Once Indra (God of Heaven) got attracted to Ahalya wife of sage Gautam. While Sage Gautam was off to the river to offer prayers for Sun God. Knowing this Indra deceived Ahalya in the form of her husband. Sage got angered with Indra and Ahalya’s sinful act and cursed Ahalya to turn into stone until Lord Maha Vishnu decides her fate and also cursed Indra with 1000 Yonis and foul smell from his body. Indra to get out of this foul smell did strict penance for the Goddess Puruhutika and regained his usual form.
How to reach Puruhutika Devi Temple Pithapuram?
- The nearest International airport is at Vijayawada which is 142 km away.
- The nearest domestic airport is at Rajahmundry which is 56 km away
- The nearest railway station is at Pithapuram which is 1.7 km away
- Pithapuram Bus station is well connected from major cities of Andhra Pradesh.