Goddess Puruhutika temple is dedicated to Goddess Sati, a form of Goddess Puruhutika and Lord Shiva a manifestation of Lord Kukkuteswara. Here Goddess Sati left hand had fallen in this temple. The Goddess Sati’s temple is situated within the temple complex of Lord Kukkuteswara Swamy. Goddess Puruhutika Devi is located in the village Pithapuram which is 12km from Samalkota and 20km from Kakinada.Goddess Puruhutika devi temple, devotees are offering prayers to Lord Kukkuteswara swamy and Goddess Puruhutika and performing daily rituals include, Snan, Abhisheka, Pushpa Alankar, Doop, Deep and Maha Naivedya to Kukkuteswara Swamy. In the time of sunset, the rituals begin with Dhoop Seva, Nivedhanam, Neeranjana, Mantra Pushpam, Darbar Seva and Pavalimpu Seva. Maha Shani Trayodashi Puja is also offered to Lord Parameshwara. The main festival of Lord Shiva Maha Shivratri is celebrating in a great manner.
Goddess Puruhutika Devi is in a standing position. The idol of Goddess Puruhutika is made from granite and is adorned with jewels, a Kirit and robed in silks. The deity has four palms and Starting from the decrease right to the lower left, Goddess Devi’s lower proper hand has a bag full of seeds, axe (Parashu), lotus and Madhu Patra. There are two sects of worshippers of Devi. The first worshipped the Devi as Puruhootha Lakshmi. She is meditating with a lotus and Madhu Patra in her palms. This sect observed the Samayachar shape of worship. The 2d sect worshipped the Devi as Puruhoothamba. She is meditating with an axe (Parashu) and bag of seeds in her fingers. This sect accompanied the Vamachara shape of worship and the unique deity become buried under the temple. Lord Kukkuteswara Swamy is a Swayambu (self manifested) Spatika Linga inside the sanctum Sanctorum. The Lord is in a cock shape on the temple. There is wing like structure except the idol of Lord Kukkuteswara Swamy. There is likewise a huge Eka Shila Nandi in the front of the idol of Lord Shiva. The Nandi is the 2d largest after Lepakshi Basaveshwara.
History Of This Temple
Lord Kukkuteswara Swamy temple is the historic temple and Goddess Puruhutika temple is located at the north japanese nook of the principle temple dealing with south. At the enterance of the temple there may be a pond called “Padogaya Sarovaram”. This is a holy pond and plenty of devotees take a dip in the pond.
Padagaya refers to the place where a body part of the demon Gayasura fell. Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva) killed the demon Gayasura and his head, trunk and legs fell at 3 distinct places. Head also referred to as Siro Gaya fell in Bihar, Trunk or Nabhi Gaya in Orissa and legs or Pada in Pithapuram. His legs which fell at Pithapuram became a water tank. Thus, the region receives its name as “Padagaya Kshetram”. Shraddha karma of the ancestors or departed souls is accomplished at this location.