This temple located in Palivelaa in East Godavari district. There was a Shiva Temple who was called Lord Agasteshwara Swami which was installed by Sage Agasthya which later came to be known as Uma Koppulingeshwara Swami.
About The Temple
Shri Koppulingeshwara Swami appears with the Goddess Uma Devi on the same "peetham” (platform) in this Temple. On the right side of the sanctum, the idol of Shri Vigneshwara Swami has been installed. There are 2 mandapams (halls) here in this Temple which are Kaylana Mandapam, and Nandi Mandapam. Nearby, there is a small pond also for performing poojas to the Lord.
Legends and Stories
According to the Sage Agasthya, he was meditating on the banks of the River Kowsiki came to know about the celestial wedding of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi and wanted to attend the divine wedding. But other Devas were afraid that if Sage Agasthya witness this celestial wedding of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi, it would bring destruction to the world. Hence, they sent Vishwabrahma to convince Sage Agasthya that the celestial wedding of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi was over. Sage Agastaya got surprised and he wanted to see the celestial wedding with his "Divyadrishti" (divine vision). Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi appeared in his Divyadrishti with their turmeric coated wedding. Sage Agasthya prayed to Lord Shiva to appear before him. Then he requested Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi to reside here as Lord Agasteshwara Swami on a single "peetham". After sometime, Lord Agasteshwara Swami came to be known as Shri Uma Koppulingeshwara Swami.
According to the legend, the head priest of this Lord Agasteshwara Swami Temple in spite of being married had a mistress which angered the people. They went to their King and complained about it. The king came to Temple only to find the head priest absent. The head priest, on coming to know about the King’s visit, went hurriedly to the temple along with a garland that he had given to his mistress as there were no garlands in the Temple. The king who received the garland from the head priest’s hands found a long black hair in it. He at once asked the head priest about it. But the head priest told the King that the hair was of the Lord Agasteshwara Swami itself.
For this, king asked him to show him the hair around the Shiva lingam. The priest then said as it was already afternoon and the pooja being over, the Lord already being decorated with Nagabharana (ornaments) couldn't be taken till morning and added that he would show the Lord’s hair the next day. The King agreed to this and said that if the priest didn’t show him the hair of the Lingam, he would be beheaded. Terrified, he priest wept before the Lord all night and confessed his sin. He started beating his head on the Lingam of the Lord and fainted.
Lord Shiva, to fulfil the wish of the priest, wore his hair around his head. The fainted priest regained consciousness and saw the Lord with the hair. But no one believed in the words of the priest. The King then ordered the priest to pluck a hair of the Lord and show him which the priest did so. The King could see blood on the plucked hair. Immediately the King lost his eyesight. The King realised his mistake and prayed Lord to pardon him. The benevolent Lord took pity on the King and restored his eyesight.
Every year the following festivals are celebrated with pomp and show:
Subrahmanyeswara Swami kalyanam and Sasti
Kalyana mahothsavam Lord Sri Uma Koppeswara Swami Kalyanam.
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Uma Koppulingeshwara Swami Temple,
Pin code - 533 229
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.