Palivela

Sri Uma Koppulingeswara Swamy Temple

 
 

Situated on the banks of the rivulet Kowntheyi (aka Kowsiki) in the town of Palvalapuram, flanked by Kowsiki River on the East, Chandrabhanga River on the West, Mandavu Rivver on the North, Kowntheyi and Palavala River on the South, there was a Lord Shiva Temple who was called Lord Agasteswara Swamy which was installed by Sage Agastya which later came to be known as Uma Koppulingeswara Swamy. As time went by the River Palavala became an "Antarvahini" (unseen).

HISTORY

Legend has it that Sage Agastya, as he was meditating on the banks of River Kowsiki, Palavalpuram, came to know about the celestial wedding of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi and wanted to attend it. But the other celestial Gods like Indra were afraid that if Sage Agastya were to witness this celestial wedding of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi, it would result in "Pralayam" (destruction of the world). So, they sent Vishwabrahma to convince Sage Agastya that the celestial wedding of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi was over. This surprised Sage Agastya 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 attires. Sage Agastya prayed to Lord Shiva to appear before which the Lord did so.

Sage Agastya then asked Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi to reside here as Lord Agasteswara Swamy on a single "peetham" (seat/throne) which they obliged lovingly.

But in the course of time Lord Agasteswara Swamy came to be known as Uma Koppulingeswara Swamy. Legend has it that the head priest of this Lord Agasteswara Swamy Temple inspite of being married had a mistress. This angered the people of the village who went to their King and complained about it. The King who at first ignored finally came to Temple only to find the absence of the head priest. The head priest on coming to know about the King’s visit hurried to the Temple along with a garland he had given to his mistress as there were no garlands in the Temple. The King who took the garland from the head priest’s hands found a long black hair in it. He at once questioned the head priest about it. The head priest lied to the King that the hair was of the Lord Agasteswara Swamy itself. The King

then asked the priest to show him the hair around the Shivalingam. The priest then said as it was already afternoon and the puja being over, the Lord already being decorated with Nagabharana (ornaments) couldn't be taken away till the next early morning and added that he would show the King the Lord’s hair the next day. The King agreed to this and said that if the priest failed to show him the hair of the Lingam, he would be beheaded. Terrified at this, he prayed to the Lord all the night. The priest wept before the Lord and confessed his sin. He begged the Lord to protect him by wearing hair around his head. He beat his head on the Lingam of the Lord and fainted. Lord Shiva to fulfill the wish of the priest then wore his hair around his head. The fainted priest regained consciousness and saw the Lord with the hair. Overjoyed at this he showed the Lord’s matted hair to the King.

But the people assembled there, didn't believe the words of the priest. They said something was fishy. 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. Even today one can see the magnificent Lingam of the lord with matted locks around it in the sacred temple of Sri Koppulingeswara Swamy.

TEMPLE

One can see Sri Koppulingeswara Swamy along with Goddess Uma Devi on the same "peetham" (seat) in this Temple. One the right side of the sanctum sanctorum one can see the idol of Sri Vigneswara Swamy. Apart the idols of Sri Koppulingeswara Swamy, Goddess Uma Devi, and Sri Vigneswara Swamy, there are other shrines of Sri Vigneswara Swamy, Sri Subrahmanya Swamy, Sri Veerabhadra Swamy, Sri Papanaseswara Swamy, Sri Chandiswara Swamy also. There are 2 mandapams(halls) here in this Temple viz. Kaylana Mandapam, and Nandi Mandapam. Near to this Temple there is a small pond also for performing poojas to the Lord.

FESTIVALS

Every year the following festivals are celebrated with pomp and show:

1. Ganapathi Navarathrulu

2. Devi Navarathrulu

3. Karteeka Masam

4. Subrahmanyeswara Swamy kalyanam and Sasti

5. Dhanurmasam

6. Kalyana mahothsavam Lord Sri Uma Koppeswara Swamy Kalyanam.

ACCOMMODATION

Though there are rooms available in the Temple guest houses there are no proper hotels for which one should stay at either Kakinada, or Rajahmundry, or Amalapuram.

CONTACT

For enquiries one can contact

Executive Officer,
Sri Umakoppeswara Swamy Temple,
Palivela-533 229
Kothapeta Mandal,
East Godavari District,
Phone: 08855 - 243316.
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