Pallikondeswarar Temple of Shiva Nagalapuram Road, Surutapalli-517502

In all the temples we can see Lord Siva in form of Sivalingam. But in this temple we can see Lord Siva in sleeping posture on the lap of Sarvamangala Devi (Parvati Devi). It is here the Prodohosha Kala pooja has began since ages

Temple Etiquette

  • Footwear not allowed inside

    Footwear not allowed inside
    Footwear to be left outside the temple. In summer be careful of the hot paving stones.

  • Prasad and donation

    Prasad and donation
    Use your right hand to accept prasad and give donations. The left hand is considered unclean in India.

  • Dress conservatively

    Dress conservatively
    Avoid shorts, skirts, tanktops and do not expose legs.

  • Restricted entry

    Restricted entry
    Entry is normally restricted to temple priests in the sanctum sanctorum. Some temples restrict the entry of non-Hindus

  • Avoid cellphones

    Avoid cellphones
    Use of cell phones is restricted normally. Photography is restricted in some temples.

  • Circumambulation or pradakshina

    Circumambulation or pradakshina
    Devotees are to walk around the sanctum sanctorum in a clockwise direction

About Pallikondeswarar Temple

Shri Pallikondeeswara  temple is famous Hindu Temple for all the deities as the Lord Shiva appears with his consort Goddess Parvathi and specifically famous for Pradosham.

According to the mythology, during the churning  of the ocean of milk by the Devas and asuras, came out from the depths of the ocean, are Goddess Shri 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. At that time, the holy pot amrutha(nectar) 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. For the welfare of the all the creatures, 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 Shakthi also Uma stopped it there by tightly holding Shiva’s throat for some time. The blue coloured poison stayed there and the Lord’s neck turned blue. After this, Lord Shiva came to be known as  ‘Neela Greeva’ ‘Neela Kanta’, ‘Nanjundeswara’.

After consuming the poisonous smoke and handing over the pot of Amrutha(nectar) 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 Suruttappalli.

To get relaxed, he lay down in the laps of the Goddess 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.  They were promptly stopped by Nandi who asked them all to come after some time, as Shiva was resting. All of them waited. Shiva, when he woke up, was filled with extreme happiness and danced happily ("Ananda Thandavam"). This day, when the Devas, Brahma, Vishnu, Narada and Saptarishis had Shiva darshan was a Krishnapaksha Trayodasi (Stiravaram, Saturday). This is the Mahapradosham day.

The deity here is known as ‘Bhoga Sayana Shiva’.

The sanctum sanctorum in this unique temple has a beautiful stone form (vigraha) of Lord Shiva, lying down on earth resting his head on the laps of his consort PArvathi, instead of the usual ‘Linga’

The beautiful forms of prominent deities such as Vinayaka, Subramaniya, Surya, Chandra Devendra and sages such as Naradha are seen standing around the lord and waiting for his gracious looks to fall on them.

The performance of ‘Pradhosham' here is something unique and is worth seeing. The temple has the following countless vigrahas (stone figures) :

The main deity is ‘Shri Pallikondeeswara’  in the lying posture with his head on the laps of his consort Shri Sarva Mangalambika.
Sages and gods such as Brigu, Brahma, Mahavishnu , Markandeya, Naradha , Chandra, Kubera , Suriya , Agasthiya, Pulasthiya, Gauthama, Thumburar, Vashista, Viswamitra, Valmiki , Devendra, Vinayaka and Muruga with his consorts Valli and Devayani.

Shri Adhishankara in a separate shrine.

Navagrahas in a shrine

Shri Sanganidhi and Shri padumanidhi with their consorts Vasundara and Vasumadhi respectively.

It is believed that all the Devas & Gods assembled in the Shiva temples during Pradosham time. Further, the first Pradosham was on a Saturday & hence "Sani Pradosham" is even more auspicious.

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 as ‘Pallikondeeswara' and his consort 'Shri Sarva Mangala’.


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