Sri Pallikondeswara Swamy Temple – Surutapalli
Sri Pallikondeswara Swamy Temple:
Pallikondeswara Swamy is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Surutapalli Village in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh, India. This temple is also known as Pradosha Kshetram. It is an interesting temple, which depicts Lord Shiva in a reclining posture. Usually, it is Lord Vishnu who is seen reclining with his head on Lakshmi’s lap but here it is Lord Shiva who reclines with his head on Parvati’s lap while the sages and other Gods look on.
Sri Pallikondeswara Swamy Temple History:
The story of the temple is related to the legend of the Devas and Asuras churning the ocean for nectar. When the ocean is churned, it spilled out precious things of all kinds, from wealth and precious stones to unique animals and even the goddess Lakshmi. However, before the nectar emerges, out comes deadly poison which is consumed by Lord Shiva to protect everyone. The situation was such that if Lord Shiva did swallow the poison, the living creatures on the earth will die and if he does not, the Gods and Demons will be killed. Hence Goddess Parvati held her hand against his neck and stopped the poison from going any further and the poison remained in His throat without affecting His body. Hence Lord Shiva got the name as ‘Neelakantha’ (‘Neela’- blue with poison and ‘Kantha’- throat) because of the accumulation of the poison in his throat and Goddess Parvati was called as ‘Amudhambigai’. On their way to Kailasa, Lord Shiva due to the severity of the poison started feeling little giddy and rested on the lap of His wife for a while in the place where the village stands today. This is what gives the place its name, for suruta comes from the Tamil word for dizzy while palli is the word for resting place.
The main sanctum in this temple houses two lingams facing each other – Ramalingeswarar and Valmikeswarar. These are related to another legend about the same place. As the story goes, the sage Valmiki prayed to Lord Rama here and obtained his blessings. When Lord Rama was on his way back from Lanka, he stopped here for a while, and both of them prayed to Lord Shiva, who appeared before them and blessed them. The lingams they prayed to, are known by their names as Ramalingeswarar and Valmikeswarar.
Sri Pallikondeswara Swamy Temple Timings:
- Temple will be open in the morning at 6:00AM – 12:30PM
- Temple will be open in the Evening at 4:00PM – 8:00PM
Distance Between Tirupati to Surutapalli:
Distance from Tirupati to Surutapalli is 75 kilometres, 1hr 41mns drive.Distance from Chittoor to Surutapalli is 105kms, 2hrs 35mns drive. Distance from Chennai to Surutapalli is 59kms, 1hrs 39mns drive. Distance from Bangalore to Surutapalli is 337kms, 6hrs 48mns drive
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Tirupati to Surutapalli bus Timings:
APSRTC runs daily buses between Tirupati to Surutapalli. Rarely we can get buses for Surutapalli better to take cab/taxi.
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