Friday, 26 December 2014

Pancharama Temples(Kshetras) in Andhrapradesh. Meaning, Significance & Mythological Legend of Pancharama Temples

PanchaRamas Temples or Pancharama Kshetras are dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Pancharama Temples are located in 5 different sacred places in the state of Andhrapradesh, India. The main deity is in the form of Linga(Lord Shiva) in unique form in these temples.
Meaning of "Pancharama":
The meaning of "Pancharama" is defined as "Pancha" means "Five" and "aarama" means "Peace". The darshan of Pancharama mandir's gives pleasant state of mind and peace.

The Mythological Story Behind the Pancharama Temples...
According to the Legend, the demon Tharakasura(Son of Demon Simuchi) worshipped Lord Siva and he got AtmaLinga of Lord Shiva. The Lord blessed Demon Tharakasura that He will be killed by a boy only. Thereafter, He started troubling Devatas(Demigods), Maharshi's and people with his powers.

The lord decided to send his Son Sri Kumara Swamy(Lord Kartikeya/Sri Subramanya Swamy) to kill the demon. Lord Vishnu instructed Sri Kumara Swamy to first break the "Atmalinga" before killing Demon. Kartikeya followed Lord Vishnu words and He killed the demon Tharakasura.

It is believed that the broken "Atmalinga of Lord Shiva" was scattered in five(5) different places and temples were built by demigods  Indra, Surya, Chandra, Lord Vishu and Kumara Swamy(Lord Kartikeya/Subramanya Swamy) at Amaravathi, Draksharama, Somarama, Ksheerarama and Kumara Bhimarama respectively. The temples located at the these five places are known as "Pancharama Temples". 
  
Mythological Significance of Pancharama Temples:
The origin of Pancharama temples is described in "Bhimeswara Puram" written by the great Telugu Poet "Srinadha Kavi Sarwabhowmudu (శ్రీనాధ కవిసార్వభౌముడు)".
Name of the Pancharama
Lord Shiva - Worshipped as
Location/Address of the Temple
Sri Bhimeswara Swamy along with his consort Goddess Manikyamba Draksharamam, East Godavari District, AP
Amararama Sri Amaralingeswara Swamy along with his consort Goddess Bala Chamudeswari Devi Amaravathi, Guntur District, AP
Somarama Sri Someswara Swamy along with his consort Goddess Sri Rajarajeswari Devi Bheemavaram, West Godavari District, AP
Ksheerarama Sri Ksheer Ramalingeswara Swamy along with his consort Goddess Parvathi Devi Pallakolu, West Godavari District, AP
Kumara Bhimarama Sri Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy along with his consort Goddess Bala Tripurasundari Samarlakota, East Godavati District, AP

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