Parasuramas Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is located at Atthirala and is one of the most famous religious place in Kadapa district, Andhra Pradesh. The place Athirala also goes by the name Parasurama kshethram as it was for some time the home of Parasurama.
About The Temple
Inside the compound of parasurama temple which is under protection with ASI, has a 72 pillared (square shape) mandapam (mantapam in Telugu, Hall) which is facing towards the eastern side with 12 pillars in each row at six rows with a roof, the parasurama idol is facing towards the west. The idol of Ekatatayya, a saint who lived during the regime of Matlirajas can also been seen inside the temple. The temple is presently under the Archaeological survey of India (ASI) and they are preserving this old temple. Entry is restricted into this temple site.
Legend and Stories
In Trethayuga, Jamadagini the great sage suspecting the chastity of his wife, asked his son to cut off her head, but the first two were reluctant to obey his orders. His third son Parasurama obeyed his father and thus, incurred the sin of maticide. At his request Jamadagni asked his son to make pilgrimages to holy kshetras to get rid of his sin. Thus Parasurama went all around the kshetras, but he was free from the sin only after taking bath in the Cheyyeru Madugu and offering worship to the God Tretesvara. From then onwards this place got the name Hatyarala (Hathya in sanskrit means to be killed and ralu in Telugu means to fall). The present form Attirala is said to be changed form of Hatyarala. In Amarakosa, Cheyyeru is mentioned as Bahuda Saitavhaini.
Sankha and Likitha two brahmin brothers were living on either side of the river. Likitha used to cross the river to learn Sastra from his elder brother. One day while on the way to his brother's house, he felt hungry and plucked two mangoes from the garden. Then he informed his brother about his doings. Sankha asked him to report this King and get the punishment for the theft. The king Ravivarma, ruling over Pottanipindu , ordered his staff to cut off his two arms. Then Likitha came to his brother without arms. Sankha asked his brother to take bath in this river. When Likitha had his bath in the river with devotion, his hands were restored. As the river gave hands to Likitha, it got the name Cheyyeru ( In Telugu, Cheyyi means Hand, Yeru means river)
How To Reach Kadapa
Instead of Kadapa one can a get flight to Tirupati Airport on regular basis.
There are regular trains from other major cities of the country to Kadapa.
Kadapa is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular buses.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey
Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.
Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum
Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.
Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram
Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.
Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami
Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.
The temple is open from 6 A.M to 9 P.M