Paikapada is celebrated for Shiva Lingams at Pataleshwar Shiva Temple, which goes back to the ninth century. Paikapada is situated close to Therubali in the Rayagada area,in Odisha. It is trusted that there are 99, 99,999 Shiva lingams (just 1 less to 1crore) in and around the Pataleshwar temple. A stone engraving in Brahmi script found at the Pataleshwar sanctuary honours the Eastern Ganga administration and the Suryavansha tradition lords in Rayagada.
The gods like Lord Jagannath, Maa Dakhineshwari Kalika, and Chamunda are the most widely recognized gods worshiped here. The car festival of Lord Jagannath is likewise celebrated and amid Shiv Ratri an extensive number of devotees flock to witness the celebration.
How To Reach Paikapada
The nearest airport is Visakhapatnam Airport.
Singapuram Road Railway Station is the very nearby railway stations to Paikapada. However Vishakapatnam Railway Station is major railway station 191 KM near to Paikapada.
Bus services are available to reach Paikapada from Rayagada.
Pataleshwar Shiva Temple,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
The temple is open from 6AM to 9PM.