is one of the Panchamahasiva kshetras of our Punya Bharat attracting
Saivites throughout the year; the others being Kedarnath, Kasi,
Srisailam and Kalahasti. Sri Mahavishnu with his consorts Bhudevi
and Niladevi is abiding
in another Aalaya called Bhavananarayanaswamy Aalayam.
Sivalinga is unusually a big one, measuring about eight feet from
ground and six feet from over panavatta, and three feet in
circumference. It is excellently chesilled and feast the eyes with
its hugeness and polish. In this same place, there is another Aalaya
with the images of Arsiri and Punish. The belief is current that
barren women beget- children, if they touch the thumb of the left
foot of Anisri and maidens attain puberty, if they do likewise to
the other image incase they are denied due to some bodily defect - a
sin of the past life. This is luring the unfortunate victims
throughout the year.
lies near Polavaram, the taluq head quarters of the same name of
West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.