About Paatha Sivalayam at One Town in Vijayawada – Sri Bhramaramba Malleswara Swamyvarla Devasthanam
Sri Bhramaramba Malleswara Swamyvarla Devasthanam, popularly known as Paatha Sivalayam, is a very popular shrine at
Town in Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh. The temple is
noted for its four huge walls with 1008 notches for lighting of earthen lamps
around the temple. It is believed that the temple was once.
The temple is dedicated to Shiva and Goddess Parvati is worshipped here as Goddess Bhramaramba.
The temple campus extended up to Tarapet railway goods shed in East and up to Chitti Nagar Kothammavari temple in North. A Kala Bhairava idol was unearthed when the priests were performing a pooja to replace ‘Dhwaja sthambam’ a few decades ago.
The temple has been renovated time and again by many rulers and also during the British period, says Rachakonda Kameswara Sarma in his book ‘Vijayawada Paatha Sivalayam sthala puranam’.
The temple got its name Paata Sivalayam, which literally means Old Sivalayam, not merely because it is the oldest temple in the city.
In olden days the temple was known as ‘Paada Sivalayam’ (temple at the foot of Goddess) as it was located at the foothill of Indrakeeladri. Over a period of time, the temple’s name became ‘Paatha Sivalayam’, explain temple priests.