Surutapalli Sri Pallikondeswarar Temple history
Surutapalli Sri pallikondeswarar temple History As per Sthala Purana
During the churning of the ocean of milk, by the Devas and the Asuras, to the wonderment of all those who were present, came out from the depths of the ocean, Goddess Lakshmi the Goddess of wealth, the moon, the sacred cow with the face of woman called Kamadehenu, the sacred and wonderful tree that can grant anything that we desire and called kalpaka vriksha and so many other things. The holy pot containing Amrutha which can give immorality also came out. But the overworked gigantic snake ‘Vasuki’ could not help spitting out a terrible and a most deadly poisonous smoke or gas called ‘Halahala’ and it was capable of killing instantly anyone that inhaled it.
Taking pity on the beings that were engaged in the churning of the ocean of milk and for the well being of all other creatures living on other planets, Lord Shiva consumed the entire smoke that spewed from the snake’s mouth. When the poison was just going down the throat of Lord Shiva, his consort shakti also Uma stopped it there by tightly holding Shiva’s throat for the same time. The blueish poison stayed there and the Lord’s neck turned blue. This incident pleased everyone and endeared Lord Shiva to all and got him countless names such as ‘Neela Greeva’ ‘Neela Kanta’, ‘Nanjundeswara’.
After consuming the poisonous smoke and handing over the pot of Amrutha to the Devas, Lord Shiva proceeded to his favourite abode ‘Kailash’ with his consort Uma. But on the way, He felt exhausted and slightly uncomfortable when he reached a place in the bounds of Andhra, which came to be called Surutappalli.
There He lies down as if to relax for some time and perhaps to fathom the love of his devotees including the Devas, keeping his head of the laps of his consort Uma or Parvathi. All Devas who were concerned about Lord Shiva’s well being assembled there and stood around him, waiting for the Lord to open his eyes and cast his gracious looks upon them. This lying posture of Lord Shiva is very rare and is almost similar to Lord Vishnu’s usual posture. The Lord came to be called ‘Pallikondeeswara’ and his concert ‘Sri Sarva Mangala’.
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Surutapalli Sri Pallikondeswarar Temple is located at 70 Km from Tirupati.
How to reach Surutapalli Sri Pallikondeswarar Temple from Tirupati?
1) A.P.S.R.T.C Bus from Tirupati To Chennai Goes via Surutapalli.
2) A.P.S.R.T.C runs direct buses to Utthukottai, Bus goes via Surutapalli Temple.
How to reach Surutapalli Sri Pallikondeswarar Temple from Chennai?
1) A.P.S.R.T.C Bus from Chennai To Tirupati Goes via Surutapalli,
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