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Panch Raam Kshetra
See also Pancharama Kshetra
Panch Raam Kshetra temples is not one temple of Shiv, but there are 5 Shiv special Temples. The Panch Raam Kshetra is situated in Aandhra Pradesh. The Shiv Ling at these Temples are made from a single Shiv Ling. As per the legend, this Shiv Ling was owned by the demon king Taaraakaasur. No one could win over him due to the power of this Shiv Ling. Finally, Lord Kumaaraswaamee or Kaarttikeye, the son of Shiv broke the Shiv Ling into 5 pieces and then only he could kill Taarakaasur. So wherever these 5 pieces fell on the Earth, these p[laces came to be known as Panch Raam Kshetra. Thus these are those 5 Kshetra (places) where those 5 pieces of Swaayambhoo Ling are installed. The Shiv Ling that Taarakaasur had in his throat was a huge one, and the biggest of those 5 pieces was a 15-feet long column of white marble which is worshipped as Amareshwar at the Amaravati Temple (this is very similar to the 10-feet high Shiv Ling at the Draksh Raam Temple).
The most classic of these legends is that of Ahalya and Indra Shaap Vimochan. This legend comes in Raamaayan. Gautama was married to Ahalyaa. Indra lusted after Ahalyaa and using a ploy, diverted Gautam and assuming the disguise of Gautam led Ahalya in his embrace. As Rishi came to know this he cursed his wife who petrified into a rock immediately and was absolved of her curse by Raam. Indra the king of Devtaa was also cursed with a lifelong disease. He lived through this curse and performed severe penances and finally was absolved of his curse and forgiven when his penance concluded with a ritual dip in the Godaavaree River at Someshwaram. It is to be known that Gautam Rishi himself brought the River Godaavaree down to the Earth at Tryambakeshwar where it is referred to as the Gangaa. There are several other local legends associated with Koti Pallee, all based on the theme of forgiveness of sins of lust.
Bheem Varam in West Godaavaree district also bears a temple dedicated to Someshwar and it is also considered to be Som Raam. This temple is associated with legends related to the Moon God Som. The temple tank here is known as Chandra Pushkarinee. The Someshwar Ling (a crystal Ling) is said to glow with differing levels of brightness depending on the phase of the Moon. This Shiv Ling is 5 feet high and is housed in a two storeyed sanctum, with Annapoornaa (Paarvatee) on the 2nd floor.
Created and Maintained by Sushma Gupta
Created on March 15, 2003 and Updated on May 07, 2013