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Pithapuram railway station is on the Chennai–Howrah Railway line. Pithapuram is famous for its Ancient Hindu temples. Pithapuram was previously known as Puruhoothika puram and later known as Pithikapuram. Pithapuram is also known as Dakshina Kasi (or the Kasi of the south).
Pithapuram is located at  It has an average elevataion of 10 meters (36 feet). It is located near several beaches though not one in particular. It is in between 2 major cities; Kakinada and Rajahmundry. Pitapuram though is landlocked town and most of the economic activity takes place in Kakinada..
As of the 2001[update] India census, Pitapuram had a population of 50,103 Males constitute 49% of the population and females 51%. Pitapuram has an average literacy rate of 61%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 66%, and female literacy is 57%. In Pitapuram, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.
The Pithapuram Zamindar Sri Rao Bahadur Venkata Mahipati Surya rao the king of Pithapuram kingdom from Velama community South, Pithapuram established the Pithapura Raja ( P R ) Government Degree College in Kakinada. this is the oldest college in andhra pradesh. He is remembered here because of his charity. These Kings also gave lands to the missionaries for the establishment of the century-old humanitarian hospital Christian Medical Centre. Missionaries of the Canadian Baptist Mission established their medical enterprise here in the form of the famed hospital Christian Medical Centre. CMC, Pithapuram was known for its quick and healing touch since the eighteenth century.
Pithapuram is also famous in Andhra Pradesh for the Sri Surya Ayurvedic Nilayam. Manufacturing authentic Sastric and proprietary ayurvedic medicines since 1926, SAN has branches throughout Andhra Pradesh and agencies in Karnataka, Kerala, Gujarat and Rajasthan. This is the second company to get a GMP license in Andhra Pradesh. The Palanki Family owns the Sri Surya Ayurvedic Nilayam. The headquarters of the company is in Pitapuram.
The Puruhutika devi Temple as a Shakti Peeth
The Puruhutika devi Temple (Puruhutika Peetham) inside the Kukkudeshwara Temple is a Shakti Peetha where Sati (goddess)'s Left hand fell. The etymology of the location (Peetha Puram or Pithapuram) comes associated with the presence of this Shakti Peetha in the area. Daksha Yaga the mythology depicted in puranas is considered as the main theme in the origin of the idea of Shakti Peethas.
Shakti Peethas divine shrines of Devi. These are shrines that are highly revered by Shaktas(Shaktism). The mythology says about the falling of parts of the corpse of Sati Devi, when when Lord Shiva took it and wandered. There are 51 Shakti Peeth linking to the 51 alphabets in Sanskrit. It is believed the Sati's Left hand has fallen here. Puruhutika devi temple is considered as one of the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas.
- Kukkuteshwara Swamy temple – The most famous temple at Pithapuram is that of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is known as Kukkuteshwara Swamy here. The consort of Kukkuteshwara Swamy is known as Raja Rajeswari. There is the temple of Puruhutika Devi inside the campus of this temple. It is one of the Asta Dasa Shakti Pithas. Maha Shivaratri, Sarannavarathri and Kaartika Masam are the main festivals celebrated at this temple.
This complex has a Sarovar after taking bath people offer prayers to their ancestors, as this temple complex is called Pada Gaya. It has Gayasura's Padas (Feet) and Vishnu Padas (Feet).
Gayasura's body was cut in three portions and out of that Head has fallen at Siro Gaya (Called Gaya in Bihar) Below chest (Nabhi) portion has fallen in Nabhi Gaya, Biraja Temple Jajpur in Orissa and the Legs (Padas) have fallen here hence called Pada Gaya.
Swayambhu Sri Dattatreya Swamy is also in the Temple Complex. Sripada Srivallbha Swamy's idol is worshipped separately in the same complex. It is the only place where an idol of Sri Datta incarnation is worshipped. Rest of the two places Kurugadda and Ganaga puram Swamy's padukas are being worshipped.
Recently in April 2008, another temple Akhanda Datta Brundavan has been constructed as Saibaba is the main Idol with his earlier incarnations namely Sri Pada Srivallbha Swamy(Pithapuram), Sri Nrusimha Saraswathi Swamy (Ganagapur in Karnataka, near Gulbarga), Shri Swami Samarth (Akkalkot Maharaj)in Maharashtra, Sri Manik Prabhu (Humanabad, Bidar in Karnataka) (near to Hyderabad). This temple was inaugurated with the pious hands of Guruji Chandra Bhanu Satpathy Ji of Chatrapur, New Delhi near to famous Qutub Minar.
- Sree Veerabrahmendra Swamy Temple
- Sripada Sri Vallabha Samsthanam (dated around 14th century). It is the birthplace of Sripada Sri Vallabha, the first incarnation of Dattaatreya swamy, the divine Guru. It is believed that even today he seeks bhiksha in various forms during the noon time at Pithapuram.
- Venu Gopala Swamy temple
- Kunthi Madhava Swami Temple – It is one of the pancha madava skathra (others being one at Prayaga (U.P), Sundara Padmanabha in Kerala, Sethu Madhava at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu.) This temple was established by Lord Indra and was worshipped by Sri Rama in Treta Yuga and Kunthi and Pandavas in Dwapara Yuga From then on this Madhava Kshetra is known as Kunthi Madhava Kshetra. Maharshi Vedavyasa visited this temple.
- Sripada Vallabha Anagha Datta Kshethram (Constructed by Sri Ganapathi Sachidananda Ashram)
- Nukalamma Temple (Grama Devatha)
- Kukka Pamu Gudi ( Seethayyagari thota)
- Ramakovela (Mangayamma Rao Peta)
- Venkateswaraswami Temple (near Kukkuteshwara Swamy temple)
- Kothi Gudi (near market)
- Sanyasiralla Gudi (near market)
- Vinayakudi Gudi (near Kota gummam)
- Sai baba Gudi (near Chinna Post Office)
- Gali gangalamma temple (near old bus stand)
- Puruhutika ammavaru (near old bus stand )
- Kota Sattemma Talli Gudi (Seethayyagari thota)
- Sri Someswara Temple (near New Bus stand)
- Sri Kodanda Ramalayam (Pakshula Marri Street)
- Sri Viswa Viznana Vidya Adhyatmika Peetham, Near Old Bus Stand – Established in 1472 AD in India,working for National Integration and Communal Harmony.
- Sri Gopal Baba Ashramam which is located near rural police station and beside to Pithapuram By-pass road , the baba here is very powerful , who is known as AVADUTHA after Sai Baba , The presence of being there is very precious .
There is a saying that a person can enter into pithapuram only with sri pada sri vallabha swamy permission . If he wants he can bring you here by catching your hair.
Nearest Railway Station
Pithapuram has the railway station (South Central Railway) and trains connecting Vijayawada to Vishakapatnam & Howrah passes through this station. Few of the important trains stops at this station are: Godavari Superfast Express, East Coast Express, Simhardri Express, Tirumala Express, Tata Alleppy (Bokaro) Express and few more passenger trains.
- Rajivi Gandhi school ground
- RRBHR Cricket Ground
- Rajugari Kota
- Dulla Santa
- Bindhumadhava stadium
- Vashasvini stadium
- Lavanya grounds
- Murali football stadium
- Chitrada high school
- Falling Rain Genomics.Pithapuram
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