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Pithapuram is a town in the Kakinada district of Andhra Pradesh. The town forms a part of the Godavari Urban Development Authority. Pithapuram town is abode to one of the 18thMaha Sakthi Peethas, which are important shrines and pilgrimage destinations in Shaktism.Pithapuram is a town where, a prominent Hindu saint of the 14th century,Sripada Sri Vallabha was born and lived.Sripada Sri Vallabha is considered by his devotees as one of the first complete forms or avatars of LordDattatreya in Kali Yuga. In ancient times, Pithapuram is called Pittapore. The town is occupied with a total area of 22.71 km2.According to the 2011 Census Report of India, the town had a population of 52,360. The total population consists of26,469 females,25,891 males, and 5,116 children

History of Pithapuram

Pithapuram was initially called Pithikapuram. According to the earliest existing inscription that mentioned Pithapuramcity is the fourth-century king Samudragupta's Allahabad Pillar inscriptions. These inscriptions state that Samudraguptadefeated king Mahendra of Pithikapuram currently Pithapuram. The inscriptions of the fourth and fifth-centuryVasishtha and Mathara dynasties also mention Pishtapura, depicting it as a part of Kalinga.

In the 17thcentury, Chalukya king Pulakeshin II added Pishtapura to his kingdom. Later, Pishtapurawas one of the Rastras, an administrative division, of the VengiChalukyas. In the 12th and 13th centuries,one of the supporting branches of Chalukyas called PithapuramChalukyas ruled the area aroundRajahmundry, Pithapuram, and Draksharama.

The town is the home tothe temple of Puruhitika devi. The temple is one among 18 Sakthi Peethas.

Places to visit

  • Kunti Madhava Swami Temple : Kunthi Madhava Swamy Temple is situated at a distance of 600 m from Pithapuram. The temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu. Kunti Madhava Swami Temple is one of the five temples which were established by the God of Heaven and all devas, Indra.From the ancient inscriptions, found in the temple, it is proved that this region was ruled by Chandragupta fromthe Maurya dynasty. Later Pallavas ruled this region during the 3rdCentury A.D. In the 6th Century, Chalukyas took control of this region. Later this temple came under the attack of Muslim rulers who looted the wealth of this temple. In the 17th century, the Kunthi Madhava Swamy temple was rebuilt by the Padmanayaka rulers.
  • Sri Kukkuteswara Swamy Temple : Sri Kukkuteswara Temple is a Hindu temple situated at a distance of 1.2 km fromPithapuram town. The temple is famous and importantfor both the Saivite and Shakta Hindu traditions. It is one of the eighteen Maha Sakthi Peethas, considered the most powerful and important pilgrimage destinations in Shaktism.The supervising Lord of the temple is Lord Kukkuteswara, which is a form or avatar of Lord Siva as a rooster and his consort Goddess Rajarajeswari Devi.

How to Reach

  • By Air- The nearest Airport from Pithapuramis Rajahmundry Airport situated at a distance of 59.6 km.

  • By Train - The nearest Railway Station is at a distance of 11 Km from Pithapuram
  • By Road - The Nearest Bus Stand is located at a distance of 800 m from PithapuramTown.

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