|Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple|
|Other names:||Pedda Gopuram|
|Important festivals:||Maha Shivaratri|
|Architecture and culture|
|Number of temples:||1|
|Date built:||14th Century|
|Creator:||Chalukya Bheema |
Ksheerarama (Telugu: క్షీరారామం ) is one of the Pancharama Kshetras which is located in Palakollu, Andhra Pradesh in South India. Lord Shiva is known as Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy here. The Sivalinga at this place is installed and established by Lord Vishnu. Belief is that, staying one day in Kshirarama is equivalent to staying one year in Varanasi.
It is one of the five powerful Shiva temples in Southern India that form the Pancharama Kshetram. The remaining four are Somarama Temple in Bhimavaram, Draksharama Temple in Draksharamam, Kumararama Temple in Samalkota and Amararama Temple in Amaravathi
The temple tower is one of the tallest among the temple towers in Andhra Pradesh. The height of the temple is 120ft and 9 floors constructed during Chalukya period by Chalukya Bheema. The construction took place during 9th century.
The Shivling is unique white milky in colour and tallest. There are 72 pillars made of black stone in the temple mandapa. Also inside the garbhalaya, Gokarneshwara and Vigneshwara alayas are situated at the left with Kshiralingam located at the center. To the right, Subramanya Swamy and Janardhana Swamy alayas with Nandi at the centre are situated. Gostani river flows through the town Palakollu and there is a sangam place near Narsapur with river Godavari. From here the river enters the sea at Antarvedi. The Moola Virat (lingam), can be seen from all the four sides through windows in the Garbha Gudi. Additionally, Sun God, Kashi Vishweshwara, Goddess parvathi, Goddess Lakshmi, Nagareshwara Lingam, Dundi Vigneshwara, Veera Bhadra, Sapta Matruka, Kanaka Durga, Brahma, Saraswathi, Kumara Swamy, Kartikeya, Mahishasura Mardhini, Kala Bhairava, Naga sarpa, Nataraja, Dattatreya, Nageshwara, Shaneeshwara, Radha Krishna, Shankara also be seen in the temple complex.
The Prakara is designed by Sri Velupathi during 10th century. The art of temple construction resembles those constructed during Chalukya period. Gopuram is constructed by Sri Alladu Reddy during 14th Century. During 17th century, Kalyana mantapam (choultry) and Ashtha Bhuja Lakshmi Narayanaswamy alaya have been constructed.
Mahasivaratri is an important festival when thousands of people offer prayers to seek the blessings of the Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy to attain Mukti.
The temple visiting times are follows as specified below. The timings may changed on the occasion of important festivals,special pujas and other festive celebrations.
Darshan samaya/visiting timing
- Morning visiting time = 5:30–11:30 a.m.
- Evening visiting time = 4:00–8:30 p.m.
This temple is situated near to main bus-station.