Palakollu Shiva Temple – Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple in Andhra Pradesh



Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple, is one of the Pancharama Kshetras, and is located at Palakollu in West Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh. Lord Shiva is worshipped here as Ksheerarama. The shrine is located around 24 km west of Bhimavaram and 100 km east of Kakinada.

The name ‘Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy’ because it is believed that the Shivling was discovered by Bhagavan Sri Ram. ‘Ksheera’ because the Shivling is white in color. There is another legend has it that Shiva blessed a saint and made the milky white ocean appear in the pond here.

The Shivling worshipped in the temple is white in color. Consort of Shiva here is Goddess Parvati. Nandi is as usual found infront of the sanctum sanctorum. One can have darshan of the Shivling from four sides.


Palakollu Shiva Temple Gopuram

The temple gopuram of tower is the tallest in Andhra Pradesh. It is believed to have been built during the 10th century AD. The gopuram is 120 feet high and has nine storeys.

The mandapa in the temple has 72 black stone pillars.

In the temple complex, there are separate shrines of Gokarneshwara, Ganesha, Subrahmanya and Janardhana Swamy.

Other murtis worshipped in the temple are that of Surya, Kashi Vishwanath, Goddess Parvati, Goddess Lakshmi, Dundi Vighneshwara, Nagareswara Lingam, Veerabhadra, Sapta Matrikas, Kanaka Durga, Brahma, Saraswati, Kumaraswamy, Kartik, Mahishasuramardini, Kalabhairav, Nagas, Nataraja, Dattatreya, Nageshwara, Shanishwara, Radha Krishna and Shankara.