My Travel Experiences

September 7, 2013

Shree Kshetra Pithapuram

26th August 2013

Reached Samalkot by 7.10am…late by ½ hrs…took an auto to Shripad Shrivallabh Swami Mahasanstan temple. Driver was asking for Rs: 250/- but settled for Rs: 200/- ( in the evening, after reaching temple, came to know that they charge Rs: 15/- in a shared auto). Room counter starts by 9am. They said I was free to use Dormitory for free of charge. Not able to understand the language, one woman helped me to know there were no separate bathroom for men and women, basically common to all. They had hot water as well. Kept all belongings in the dormitory itself…had good hot water bath…ready by 8.30-40am. Took darshan of Shri Shripad Shrivallabh in the temple. Temple has 3 statues. 1. Shripad Shrivallabh 2. Three headed Shri Datta Maharaj 3. Shri Narasimha Saraswati Maharaj. Besides that, 3 headed Dattatraya swami in black stone as well. It also has 2 Audumbar trees in the premise. Had good darshan

Booked an auto to see different temples. While one man suggested it’s some walking distance, somehow by his own language. Thought to take an auto as there was full sun at that time. He charged me Rs: 150/-. We first took darshan of

1.    Kunti Madhav Temple

Nice idols, but frankly could not able to recognise, which were these gods . I guess it was Shri Ram, Shri Laxman and Sita devi idols in the front. In the back, black rock statue. Nice old temple. There was board of Archeological Survey of India as well on the entrance of this temple, but was difficult to read.

2.    Kukkuteshwar Swami temple 

This is nearby Shripad Shrivallabh Mahasanstan temple. It has various temples in the premise…let me try to recollect:

1. Nice pond and statue of Gayasur rakshas in the middle of pond. This place is also called Dakshin Kashi

2. Vishnu pad, Gayasur pad

In the single rock, one can see very visible foot marking of Shri Vishnu and Gayasur. (how true it is, god only knows)

3.  Ganapati Temple

4. Shripad Shrivallabh temple

This is separate from one where I had stayed. This temple, they say it has Swayambhu Padhukas. It has black rock 3 headed Dattatraya statue. Also a Audumbar tree adjacent to the temple.

5. NavGraha Temple

6. Kashi Vishwanath and Annapurna Temple

7.Sri Purihuthika Devi Shaktipeeth

This temple has pictorial representations of 18 Shaktipeeths on the walls. This is one of the 18 Shaktipeeth.

8.This also has Saibaba temple which has following statues as well

  1. Shri Shripad Shrivallabh
  2. Shri Narasimha Saraswati
  3. Shri Swami Samarth
  4. Shri Dattatraya swami
  5. Shri Manikprabhu

3. Shri Gopal Swami Ashram

This swami is said to be 130 years old. Had good darshan of Shri Swami. Was freely able to touch his feet. Saw few photos of Shri Swami Samarth, Shri Shankar Maharaj-Pune and many more in this ashram

4. Aanaghalaxmi temple

This is somewhat far from all temples (as per autowala its 5km) had good darshan.

With this, done with all temples in Pithapuram.

In front of Shripad Shrivallabh temple, there was signboard for the way to Shri Bapannacharya (I guess, grandfather of Shri Shripad Shrivallabh) where he was born. Just follow the directions and you will reach in 5-10 min. A big home, once entered, one guy escorted me , asked me from where I came from  in his language. He took me to the room where Shripad Shrivallabh Swami was born. In front of the room there was a Audumbar tree as well. He also took me inside the home, in the “devghar” where his grandfather did daily worship of different gods. Saw Shri Gopal Swami’s photo here in the room.

The house has free Prasad from 12 to 1.30…went back to Shripad Shrivallabh temple…had some rest…then meet one person from Mumbai, who work in Visakhapatnam…..came to know that they never alot room to an individual. So he was also staying in dormitory, though he took a locker for deposit of Rs: 500/-. Room’s deposits is Rs: 1000 /-. These are free services, you will get your deposit when you leave.

In the afternoon, in the temple, there is Prasad from 12.30 to 1.30. Took Prasad consists of rice, rasam, tomato chutney, aloo subji, dal. Really tasty food. Had some good rest (sleep)….had tea with my new friend. Took a bicycle auto to highway for Rs: 20./- then catched a shared auto to reach Samalkot for Rs: 20/-. Now at Station writing this and waiting for train to Secunderabad 🙂

Reached Secunderabad next day at 7 am in the  morning. Went to paid AC waiting room, fresh up….waited for few hours…..boarded Konark express at 1.30pm, which was late by 1.30 hrs…reached Dadar next day at 3.40am…waited for 1 hrs to catch second train at 4.42am to Borivali…and reached home by 5.30am….end of a really hectic travel.

Few Points to note

@ Samalkot

  1. Rather than taking an auto from Samalkot station exit, walk from exit …check on the right side, there will be autos stationed..they are all shared autos, charge will be Rs: 15-20/-. But you should know how they take people. There will be at least 12-15 people inside it, though autos has large space not like Mumbai autos. People who lived some time in rural area would be having experience in such autos 🙂
  2. ST bus depot is just opposite to station
  3. On the left autos are for Kakinada, on the right its for Pithapuram
  4. Saw tea is prepared same as filter coffee… a separate pot for tea. First milk is added to the tea-cup and then tea is added..nice taste..never saw this preparation at least till now, as its common for filter coffee.
  5. In the evening, had paneer pizza at yatra food, opp station,  looks modern…has beckary products
  6. Never saw any canteen facility @ station.

@ Pithapuram

  1. Shripad Shrivallabh Mahasanstan and Kukkuteshwar temple are 2 different temples. Though there is another Shripad Shrivallabh temple in Kukkuteshwar temple premise as well.
  2. You can travel all temples in Pithapuram on foot, except for Anaghalaxmi temple. All are very nearby.  At times my take is even if you miss Anagha laxmi temple its ok.
  3. You can plan to have 3-4 hrs , unless you want specific puja in the temple rather than one full day in Pithapuram.
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14 Comments »

  1. Thanks a lot sharing your experiences. Very useful for the person going for the first time.

    Comment by Vijay Y Wilankar — July 7, 2014 @ 4:54 pm

    • really very useful niformation by this one can visite pithapuram only quary is is there any Htel near Datta Temple

      Comment by sitesh sathe — May 8, 2015 @ 10:11 pm

      • hotel for stay or eating…for eating havent explored much as took prasad at temple only….

        Comment by Prashant Ghotikar — May 8, 2015 @ 10:30 pm

  2. Very useful information, I want a bit more information please send me some more details, please share your cell no. on my mail address so that I can contact you. My mail address is phadkekamalakar@gmail.com

    Comment by Kamalakar Phadke — June 13, 2015 @ 11:57 am

  3. Thanks for the information. Very useful for the first time visitors. Is there hotel near by for family to stay? Do you have any contact info of such hotels?

    Comment by Ananth — September 19, 2015 @ 4:34 pm

    • Hi
      no info about any hotels…but in sanshtan….you can get a room for family….i guess samalakot is were you can get proper hotel like accomodation, as its big town.

      Comment by Prashant Ghotikar — September 19, 2015 @ 6:06 pm

      • Thank you

        Comment by Ananth — September 21, 2015 @ 11:02 am

      • you wiill get free accomodation in sansthan. Kukkuteshwara swamy is different and chargeable but sansthanam is different and all are free food coffee tea lunch dinner etc if you stay for a day .

        Comment by durga — August 30, 2016 @ 5:21 pm

  4. sir, very useful post. thank u for your guidance.I visited the temple, without any difficulty following your routes specified by your goodself had nice darshan of sri pada sri vallabha…

    Comment by v.sundararajan — February 15, 2016 @ 1:11 pm

  5. Very useful information for the first time visitor. Thank you for sharing the same.

    Comment by Sanjeev Shere — December 29, 2016 @ 11:16 pm

  6. Thanks For Sharing Valuable Information,
    I want to know,
    Can I book sansthan Rooms Online?

    Comment by Vedant — January 3, 2017 @ 12:17 pm

  7. धन्यवाद दादा

    Comment by Yogini Babrekar — July 31, 2017 @ 5:12 pm


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