- Location: Kotilingala Veedhi, Rajahmundry, East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh, India.
- Festivals: Navaratri, Shivratri, Pushkaram Fair For Other Festival Details Click here
- Main Deity: Godavari Devi
- Languages: Telugu, English & Hindi
- Darshan Timings: 06:00 am to 07:30 pm
- Best Season To Visit: October To March
- How To Reach
Godavari Tir Shakti Peeth is located at Kotilingeswar temple on the banks of the Godavari River near Rajamundry, Andhra Pradesh, India. and it is also known as Sarvashail. It is the famous Shakti Peetha. where it is said that the Left Cheek of Maa Sati fell and the idols worshiped at this religious place are Vishweshwari (Vishweshi) or Rakini or Viswamatuka (The mother of the whole world) and Lord Shiva as Vatsnabh or Dandapani (The one who holds a staff).
The chief legend of Godavari Tir Shakti Peeth relates to the creation of the Shakti Peethas. Sati, the daughter of Prajapati Daksha, was married to the god Shiva versus his wishes. Daksha arranged a great yajna but did not invite Sati and Shiva. Uninvited, Sati reached the Yajna site, where Daksha ignored Sati as well as Shiva.
Sati was not able to withstand this insult. So, Devi Sati gave her life by jumping into the fire of Havan organized by her father King Daksh. When Lord Shiva was running around the planet carrying her body Lord Vishnu divided the body into 51 parts utilizing his Sudarshan chakra. Out of those 51 parts, from which the ‘left Cheek’ of Sati fell to this place.
There is one puranic reference about Sage Gautama who lived on the Brahmagiri mountains at Trayambakeshwar with his wife Ahalya. Sage Gautama, attempted to repel a cow that ate all the stock of rice in his granary. As the sage was going after the cow with Durbha grass, the cow fell dead. The sage practiced meditation upon Lord Shiva and desired to rid himself of the Gohatya. (Act of killing the cow). He desired Lord Shiva to bring the Ganges to cleanse his hermitage. Lord Shiva was satisfied with the worship of Sage Gautama and appeared as Triambaka and brought down the River Ganges to Trayambakeshwar. The river is also called Gautami, as it was brought down by Sage Gautama. The river gets the name Godavari, as the river was brought down to absolve Sage Gautama from the sins of “Gohatya”.
When this temple was constructed, there was no specific info about who and. It is stated and also written in Puranas and Vedas that the left Cheek of Maa Sati fell. In order to embark significance to this place and wish the Maa Sati, this Godavari tir Shakti Peeth temple was built.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Delay in wedding proposal
- Pushkaram Fair
- Durga Puja
Temples near Godavari Tir Shakti Peeth
- Iskcon Rajahmundry, Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Dasavatar Mandir
- Gowthami Ghat
- Godavari River
- Cotton Museum, Rajahmundry
- Kambalacheruvu Park
- Sri Kandukuri Veeresalingam Pantulu House
- Gandhi Park, Rajahmundry
- Sri Umakotilingeswara Swamy Sri Sitarama Swamy Temple
- Pushkar Ghat
- Rallabandi Subba Rao Archaeological Museum
How to Reach
- By Air: The Nearby Airport is Rajamundry Airport, which is around 12 km away from the temple.
- By Train: Rajahmundry railway station is the nearby railway station. Taxis and buses are easily available from the railway station to reach the temple.
- By Road: Rajahmundry is well connected by buses from all main cities like Annavaram, Vishakapatnam, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Chennai, Bangalore, Gwalior, Kolkotta, Jabalpur, etc.
|06:00 am to 07:30 pm