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Clockwise from Top Left: Kukkuteswara and Padagaya Temple Complex, Pithapuram Railway Station, Ratnachal Express Speeding through Pithapuram Railway Station, Fields near Pithapuram, Landscape View at Pithapuram, Kunti Madhavaswamy Temple
|• Total||41.13 km2 (15.88 sq mi)|
|Elevation||10 m (30 ft)|
|• Density||1,300/km2 (3,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
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). During Satavahana era it was known as Pistapura.
Pithapuram is the birthplace of Sripada Sri Vallabha, an incarnation of lord Dattatreya. It is a very sacred place.
Pithapuram is located at  It has an average elevataion of 10 meters (33 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.14 km away from bay of Bengal.Pithapuram is also well known for the The CBM Christian Medical Centre which was started by Missionary Doctor Dr. E. Smith..
As of 2011[update] Census of India, the town had a population of 52,360. The total population constitute, 25,891 males, 26,469 females and 5,116 children, in the age group of 0–6 years. The average literacy rate stands at 75.00% with 35,434 literates, higher than the national average of 73.00%.
The Puruhutika devi Temple (Puruhutika Peetham) inside the Kukkuteshwara 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.
Shripad Shri Vallabha
Shripad Shri Vallabha (c. 1320-1350 CE), considered to be the first complete incarnation of lord Dattatreya in Kaliyug was born in a Brahmin family in Pithapuram, and he attained Samadhi in Kurvapur.
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