Padagaya Kshetram


Padagaya is one of the scared of hindus. Sri Kukkuteswara Swamy form of Lord Siva, is presiding deity who reveals himself in the form of Linga. This place is known as Padagaya because lord Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara (Trimurthulu) killed Gayasura and his legs reached Pithapuram. The place where his legs rested was a pond where after this pond came be known as Padagaya. If we visit this place even one time then we get mukthikara (means our ancestors get mukthi), Sarvapapahara, Saravabhista siddiprada and saravadhukhahara.

Here Lord Shiva is in the form of Swayambhu Linga. The linga resemble that of a cock. Hence Lord shiva is called Sri Kukkuteswara Swamy. The Pithapuram pilgrimage is 10th Shakthi peeta in Astadasa Sakthi Peetas.

Gayasura’s Head reached at Bihar and it is popularly known as “Sirogaya” in sirogaya Lord Vishnu temple is situated and one of the shakthi peeta that is Managala Gowri Devi. Gayasura’s waist part(Nabhi) is reached to Jajhipur in Odissa. So it is Known as Nabhigaya. In Nabhigaya Lord Brahma’s temple and Girija Devi’s Shakthi Peetha also there.

The above three Kshetras are known as trigaya Kshetras of Trimurthy Swaroopas. In these place Goddess in the form of Shakthi. It is also written Vayupurana and Skhandhapurana.