How to Reach Pithapuram
Pithapuram is located in South Central Railway Zone, between Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam at a distance of 10 Kms. from Samarlakota Junction. Sreepada Sreevallabha Samsthanam is in the Gopala Swamy Temple Street, 1/2 a Km. from Pithapuram Railway Station.
Bangalore to SamarlakotaTrains sare:
Accomodation at Mahasamsthanam:
Paduka Mandir a residential complex newly constructed for the devotees comprising of 16 rooms, 2 big halls was built in the Samsthan premises. It is a two-storied building with all amenities.
Sri Pada Vallabha Anaga Datha Kshetram,
East Godavari District
Phone No :08869-250855
Sreepada Sreevallabha Mahasamasthanam
Bharata Desa flourished as a holy land and a land of religious activities. Rivers and religious centres in this land are famous from ancient times. Among these Pithapuram is well-known. It is a divine holy 'Kshetra' of historical significance. This is situated on the river bank of Yela (Yeluru) in the Bhima region forming part of Trilingadesa'. Pithapuram is the place of origin for all important Datta Kshetras like Karanja, Kurupuram, Narsobawadi, Gangapur and Udumbara and is the birth place of Sreepada Sreevallabha who is verily Datta himself.
It has become a regular practice for many devotees of Datta from all the four corners of the country to visit the native place of Sreepada relying on the information in sacred books like 'Guru Charitra'. They are uttering aloud 'Sree Datta Sreevallabha'. They worship the Lord at this Kshetra and get salvation.
During one of such occasions on 11-11-1963, Monday Brahmajna Kavi Sri Deva Rao Kulakarni, his Guru Sri Sri Paramahamsa Satchidanandendra Saraswati Swamy visited 'Swayam Bhoo Datta' (self-originated Datta) in Sri Kukkuteswara Swamy temple in Sri Kshetra, Pithapuram. They carried on an extensive propaganda about the Lord. By their encouragement and the command of Sadguru Sridhara Swamy - a resident of Sajjanagadh, "Jaya Jaya Raghu Veera Samardha Sadguru" Sree Ramaswamy visited Sri Kshetra, Pithapuram. He is a dear disciple of Bhagavan Sadguru Sridhara Swamy who belongs to the sect of Samardha Ramadas. Sri Ramaswamy is an 'Upasak' of Datta and a strict observer of celibacy. He made up his mind that revealing the existence of the Lord at Pithapuram and informing the world about the greatness of this incarnation - are prominent parts of the service to Lord Datta. He got the temple of Dattatreya renovated and arranged daily worship there. He celebrated the worship of the Lord on a grand scale and undertook propaganda of Sreepada Sreevallabha in the home town of the Lord.
Afterwards he established 'Sree Dattatreya Bhakta Samaj' enlisting all devotees who were blessed by the Lord. The existence of Sri Datta and the significance of the incarnation of Sreepada Vallabha were widely propagated. From then many devotees from Maharastra, Karnataka state and from different areas of Andhra Pradesh are visiting Swami's Sree Kshetra. They are worshipping the Lord and are getting fulfilled. Gradually as the number of visiting devotes increased it was felt by Sri Rama Swamy Garu that providing accommodation to those devotees is an important duty and an essential part of the service to Datta. So he decided to construct a residential complex and encouraged the devotees towards that end. To manage these facilities an association with the name 'Sreepada Sreevallabha Maha Samsthan' was formed.
This association purchased a house with the contributions from devotees. The house was remodelled for better residential accommodation. At first they got planted an Audumbara tree by Vedic Pandits strictly according to scriptures on the northern side. Next a beautiful temple was constructed nearer to it and 'Paadukas' of the lord were installed. In this 'Paduka Mandir' very beautiful marble icons of Sreepada Sreevallabha, Sree Dattatreya and Sree Nrusimha Saraswati were installed.
On account of the firm resolve of Sri Ramaswamy garu, the efforts of the association and the help and cooperation of the devotes a big beautiful Mandapam was constructed in front of the 'Paduka Mandir'. This hall is useful for the 'Japa', 'Paaraayana', ‘Pradikshana’ and other spiritual activities. This hall is used for religious discourses by great people. A meditation hall was constructed behind the 'Paduka Mandir' with rooms for the religious austerities of Saints, Gurus and hermits.
Once you enter into the temple, complete the pradakshina and come in front of Dwaja Stamba you will be attracted by the “Yaka Sila Nandi (Single Stone Nandi). The Yaka Sila is second biggest after Lepakshi Basaveswara Nandi.
Pithapuram is equalent to Kasi:
According to “Bhimeswara Purana” of Srinath kavi Sarvabhuma, Pithapuram is one of the twelve pilgrims (Dwadasa Punya Keshatras). The sage told that Pithapuram is equalent to Kasi and also known as Southern Kasi (Dakshina Kasi).
About the pond-Padagaya
Pithapuram is third one of three Gayas of India.
• 1st is – Siro Gaya also familiarly known as “GAYA”, located in Bihar State.
• 2nd is – Nabi Gaya near to Jijapur Railway Junction, located in Orrisa State
• 3rd is – Padagaya Pithapuram, located in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh.
Digambara Digambara Shripad vallabh Digambara
Digambara Digambara Shripada vallabha Digambara; Digambara Digambara Avadhootha Chinthana Digambara.