Trikoteswara Swamy Temple Kotappakonda is dedicated to Lord Siva. Tirunallu (festival) will be celebrated in a grand. Lakhs of devotees participate in this holy event. Trinity of these Hills is named after Siva, Vishnu and Brahma. Hence, the name TriKoteswara Swamy. The shrine is 1587 ft above on the hill.
Trikoteswara Swamy Temple Kotappakonda History
As per the legends, Prajapati Daksha’s daughters 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 decided to perform Yajna to insult Lord Siva, for which he invited all the gods and goddesses, except Lord Shiva, to partake their offerings.
Sati on knowing the Yajna details, decided to visit her maternal house, though she was not invited. Sati was offended by the scoldings and 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 did penance here on this hill (the present Maheswara Sikhara) to attain mental peace. To bring Lord Siva back to Kailash, Lord Vishnu and Brahma did penance here on other two hills for Lord Siva. Impressed with the penance, Lord Siva granted their wish. Vishnu expressed his desire to perform Abhishekam, for which Lord Siva pierced the mountain with his weapon Trishul and created a pool and self-manifested in Vishnu Sikhara (mountain). Vishnu performed abhisheka after taking bathing in this holy Tirtha. It is believed that taking a bath in this holy Tirtha will be relieved from the sins.
Another folklore associated with this shrine, Anandavalli an ardent devotee of Lord Siva used to perform Abhishekam daily to the Linga on this hill. Once, Anandavalli requested the Lord to establish at her home so that she can perform Poojas daily as she was not able to walk long. Siva accepted her request with a condition that he will manifest at the place where she turns back. It made huge sounds when Lord Siva set the foot on the Brahma Sikhara. Anandavalli worried for Lord Siva and turned back. As promised Lord Siva self-manifested on Brahma Sikhara and Anandavalli too turned into the statue.
Trikoteswara Swamy Temple Kotappakonda Accommodation
Devotees can stay at Narasarao Peta which is 12 km away or Chilakaluri Peta, which is 10 km from Temple. Accommodation is not available at Kotappakonda.
How to reach Trikoteswara Swamy Temple Kotappakonda?
- The nearest airport is at Vijayawada which is 108 km from the temple.
- The nearest railway station is at Narasaraopet which is 16 km from the temple. From Guntur temple is 55 km away.
- The direct bus to the temple is available from Narasaraopet and Chilakaluripet. Temple is 16 km from Narasaraopet and 9 km from Chilakaluripet.
Trikoteswara Swamy Temple Kotappakonda Images
Reference Link: Temple History