Pithapuram Puruhutika

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Pithapuram Puruhutika

Postby Srihari on Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:36 am

Puruhutika / Puruhuthika (Puruhuta / Puruhutamba) is one of the 18 Shakti peethas.
The Peetha (Seat) of Devi fell here.
She is the Shakti of Kukkuteswara swamy.

Puruhuti sati mata pithikapurasamsthita /
Putravatpalita devi bhaktanugrahadayini //


Where is Puruhuta Mahashakti ?

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Nearest Busstation: Pithapuram
Nearest Railway station: Pithapuram, Kakinada
Nearest Airport: Kakinada, Rajahmundry, Visakhapatnam

Pithapuram is formerly called as Pithikapuram / Pushkara kshetram in Puranas and Tantras.

Puruhutika temple

The temple of Puruhutika devi is located within the temple campus of Kukkuteswara swamy.

Kukkuteswara swamy temple is present in the outskirts of the Pithapuram village towards Kakinada. It is a big temple. Just entering in to the temple we'll see a pond which is called as Padagaya sarovaram (Pada Gaya Sarovar). Pilgrims will take holy bath in this pond. Main temple of Kukkuteswara swamy is present towards the right side of the pond. Puruhutika devi temple is present in the North-East corner of the Kukkuteswara swamy temple. It is constructed facing South. Puruhutha temple is small but looks very nice with the carvings of Ashtadasa Shakti peethas on it's walls.

Puruhutika devi photos

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Puruhutika devi in temple
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Puruhutika devi Dhyana rupa

Idol of Puruhutika devi

The idol of Puruhuthika devi has four hands. They contain bag of seeds (Beeja), axe (Parashu), lotus (Kamala) and a dish (Madhu patra) from lower-right to lower-left in order.

Previously there were two sects of Upasakas in Pithapuram worshiping Puruhootika devi. The first one calling her as Puruhootha Lakshmi (Meditating on Kamala and Madhu patra) and worshiping in Samayachara and the second one calling her Puruhoothamba (Meditating on Parashu and Beeja) and worshiping in Vamachara. There is also a tale that the original statue of Puruhutika devi was buried under the temple which was worshiped by them.

Other important temples in Pithapuram

Pithapuram has many important temples: [view Pithapuram article]

1. Kukkuteswara swamy temple: It is the main temple in Pithapuram.
2. Hunkruthi Durga / Humkruthi Durga: Also called as Humkarini Durga. She is present in the Garbha griha of Kukkuteswara swami towards the left.
3. Rajarajeswari: She is the Deveri (wife) of Kukkuteswara swamy. Also present in the same campus.
4. Sripada Srivallabha Dattatreya: This temple of Lord Dattatreya is present in the South-West corner of the temple.
5. Kunthi madhava: This is an old temple of Lord Sri Krishna located in Pithapuram village.
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Story of Puruhutika devi

Postby Srihari on Tue Nov 25, 2008 12:09 pm

Puruhutika devi was worshiped by Lord Indra.

Once Indra has cheated Ahalya (wife of Gautama maharshi) in the form of Gautama and was cursed by the Maharshi. Indra lost his testes and got the symbols of Yoni all over his body. He felt very sad and prąyed Gautama a lot. Finally the Rishi accepted and told that the Yoni symbols will look like eyes, so that Indra will be called as Sahasraksha there after. But Indra lost his testes. He wanted to regain them. He left his kingdome, came to Piithika puri and did Tapasya for Jaganmata. After a long time Jaganmata appeared before him and blessed him with wealth and testes. Indra was very happy and prąyed her as Puruhutika devi (One who was worshiped by Indra).

After a very long time Jagadguru Sripada vallabha took birth in Pithapuram. He too worshiped Puruhutika devi and realized his self. He is an incarnation of Dattatreya.

Sadhana:

Every year in the month of Ashviyja Navaratri festival is conducted in the temple.

Worship of Puruhutika devi includes Indra as Rishi and Kukkuteswara as Guru.

Re: Pithapuram Puruhutika

Postby Admin on Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:17 pm

On the walls of Puruhutika devi temple, 18 Shaktipeetha deities original forms are carved. But, with a difference, they include Manasa devi of Haridwar in place of Kamakhya devi.

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