Ramagiri Temple, Andhra Pradesh
Location: The sacred village ‘Ramagiri’ is situated in Pitchatur Mandal, Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh which is 76.85 Km away from main city.
Ramagiri is a famous sacred abode of the deity: Lord Bhairav or Santhaana Praapthi Bhairavar (which is also renowned as ‘Bhairava Kshetra’).
The presiding deity of the temple situated at the foothill of Ramagiri: Lord Kalabhairava (the deployed commander of Shiva’s temple as per mythological assumption)
Two famous temple of Ramagiri:
- Shiva temple
- Lord Murugan temple
Prime deities of ‘Shiva temple’:
- Sri Vaaleeswarar, Goddess Sri Maragadhambikai
- Shri Kala Bhairav
Prime deity of ‘lord Murugan temple’:
- Lord Murugan (the son of lord Siva & goddess Parvati)
Caretaking authority: Archeology department of Andhra Pradesh.
Famous pious occasion to visit: Sivaraathri and Pradhosham and aadi kirthika days.
Significance of a water tank: ‘Miracles prove existence of almighty’. This statement goes with the curative water of the tank which is built near the Lord Murugan temple. The tank is sourced through sweet water flowing down from Nandi’s mouth perennially, i.e. the mysterious source.
Related legend to Murugan temple:
- Through the reference of Ramayana epic, the narration goes that once Anganeya was on his way to Rameshwaram from Kashi while leaping into the air in order to obey the command of lord Rama for carrying Shivalingam there. Unaware of the trap conspired by lord Kalabhairava, he encountered dry weather and extreme scorching of the sun due to which his throat dried. But since Sihvalingam could never be put on the ground before reaching Rameshwaram as it was the condition. He set on the quest of water but found difficult to do so while carrying the heavy lingam. In disguise of a small boy, lord Bhairava took its charge from Anganeya. The boy put it down on the ground while pretending that it was too heavy to hold it for long. The lingam settled there permanently to which Anganeya tried to uproot by his tail but all went in vain. Though the lingam tilted a bit yet remained stuck to the ground.
In disgust, he cursed the pond to turn into a hard hill. Now, Lord Murugan temple is enshrined there at the foot of that hill. And the presiding deity, is known as ‘Vaaleshwarar’ (‘vaal’ means tail in Tamil).
- Another myth is connected with Vaanara king ‘Vaali’ who used to follow ablution in the evening while submerging into the nearby ocean water. Appeased Lord Shiva appeared as a Swayambhu Linga there. Vaali’s devotion wanted to enshrine it in his capital ‘Kishkinta’. Therefore, he tried to pull it with all his might but failed. In a fit of rage, he lo and after doing so, he fell weak on the ground. Realizing the sin he committed, he pled to god for seeking pardon of the sacrilege he did. The sea of compassion lord Shiva came into vision with his consort as a gypsy with dogs. He constructed the water tank to empower the strength that Vaali had lost earlier. Since then, holy dip in that pious water tank is assumed to be curative.