Attirala Parasurama Temple

With verdant hills on one side and the placid waters of the Cheyyeru on the other, the village of Attirala has no dearth of scenic delights. On top of that, it is also home to many ancient temples that unlike their more famous neighbours, are rarely visited and thus, peaceful. 

Overview

The most notable amongst these is the Parasurama Temple, which dates back to the 7-8th century CE. The sanctum is surrounded by a small, covered courtyard. The only light here comes through the door and the gaps between the spire and the roof of the courtyard, so the interiors can be quite dark. Many idols have been placed at one end of the enclosure.

Significance

On the hill opposite the temple, there is the Kamakshi Treteswara Temple. The legend goes that Parasurama killed his mother on the orders of his father who suspected her chastity. To atone for the crime of matricide, he visited holy sites all over the country, but was able to wash off his sins only after taking a dip in the Cheyyeru and asking for redemption at the Treteswara Temple. Further uphill is the Jyoti Stambha, a column of light whose flame is visible from far way. It is lit up only during important festivals such as Mahashivaratri, when thousands of devotees throng the village.

History

It is said that the sage sat here to meditate and one fine day, metamorphosed into a statue. Next to the temple, there is a hall with 72 pillars that is thought to have earlier been a Buddhist shrine.

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How to Reach

The closest airport near this temple is in Kadapa. 

Rajampet is the nearest Train Station.

This temple is well connected by Rajampet .

Best time to visit

  1. jan

  2. feb

  3. mar

  4. apr

  5. may

  6. jun

  7. jul

  8. aug

  9. sep

  10. oct

  11. nov

  12. dec

Timings: 4.30 am - 11.30 pm & 5.00 pm - 8.30 pm

Highlights

St Mary's Cathedral: Consecrated in 1992, the St Mary's Cathedral stands out amongst Kadapa's many churches.

Bhagawan Mahaveer District Archaeological Museum: Established in 1982, the museum has a modest collection of inscriptions, statues, weapons, stone tools and miniature paintings.

Pedda Dargah: The Ameen Peer Dargah or the pedda Dargah (literally 'big shrine'), as it is colloquially known, attracts not only devotees cutting across class and religious lines, but also celebrities.

Proddatur: The city of Proddatur is an important business and trading centre. While there is not much to see here.

Danavulapadu: Jainism flourished in Andhra Pradesh for more than a thousand years-roughly from 2nd century BCE to 13th century CE.

Brahmamgari Matham: The temple of Brahmamagari Matham marks the place where the 1 7th century seer Pothuluri Veera Brahmendra Swamy attained samadhi(enlightenment).

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