Situated near Palakol, Andhra Pradesh, Sivadevuni Chikkala is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Shiva lingam in this temple was installed by Lord Hanuman. The temple was constructed by the King of Mogalturu a few hundred years back.
According to the legends, Lord Sri Rama asked Hanuman to bring a Shiva lingam to perform pooja to Lord Shiva to get rid of the sin of killing Ravana, a Brahmin. Hanuman went to Kasi and a selected a beautiful Shiva lingam and kept that lingam in a chikkam (nest of threads) and starts travelling back. During his journey, Hanuman stopped at this village to perform his early morning pooja and kept the lingam there. When he returned after the pooja, ...View more
e was not able to lift the lingam. The Lingam got installed at this place at the same muhurtham that Lord Rama was supposed to install the lingam. As the Lord Siva was installed here along with the chikkam, this village is called Sivadevuni chikkala.
The temple has a three and a half feet tall lingam head with the foot radius. The temple also houses the shrine of Goddess Parvati and Lakshmi narayana temple.There is a huge beautiful lake behind this temple.
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West Godavari is well known for its wool-pile carpets and hand woven products. There are many landmarks and tourism destinations in the district. Eluru is the largest city of the district with many destinations related to Buddhists and Archeological importance such as Guntupalli Caves near the city.Eluru city hosts 74 feet high Buddha statue in the heart of the city.Buddha Park at Eluru.Some of the religious destinations include, Dwaraka Tirumala known with the name as Chinna Tirumala,Pancharama Kshetras of Palacole and Bhimavaram etc.Other destinatins of tourism importance are Perupalem Beach at Narasapuram, the Kolleru Lake being the largest fresh water in the country and a bird sanctuary, Dowleswaram Barrage and Godavari river.
BY BUS: Buses are available from all major places in Andhra Pradesh. Palakollu is the nearest town which is 9 km away.
BY TRAIN: Nearest railway station is Sivadevuni Chikkala Railway Station which is 1 km away.
BY AIR: Nearest airport is Rajahmundry Airport which is 90 km away. Bus and taxi services are available to reach the temple.
Daily pooja and seva programs starts from morning 7:00 AM to evening 8:30 PM. The seva programs are scheduled as per the temple calender.