Lord Shiva known as Sri Trikoteswara Swamy here is the famous temple situated on Trikuta hills at 600 feet height in Guntur District. The most fascinating aspect of the hill is that from all angles one could see three peaks of the hill. Therefore, it is called as "Trikoota Hills" or "Trikutachalam" and the God seated therein is famous as Trikoteswara Swamy. People in this area are very much devoted to lord Koteswara Swamy. They pray this god before starting any important work. Locals call the lord Trikoteswara as Kotayya Swamy majority of the people names are Koteswara Rao, Koteswaramma and Kotayya.
Shivaratri, which falls during February-March, is the important festival (Tirunalla) celebrated here with great devotion and fervor every year and a large number of devotees throng the place. People spend whole day and night at temple chanting 'OM NAMAHSHIVAYA' and 'HARA HARA MAHADEVA SHAMBHO SHANKARA'. Milling crowds occupy every inch of the space on and around the hill.
A pentagon frame tapering at the top made of bamboo and decorated with colored cloth and paper, of different sizes are taken in procession as part of the festival. Most of them are 60 to 70 feet high and are carried by the devotees. But the giant prabhas', rising to a height of over 100 feet, are carried on decorated and lighted bullock carts or tractors accompanied by a large group following. They are placed on a meadow at the foot of the hill. Large manpower, money and material is needed to erect these prabhas and promote a spirit of cooperation and unification enthusing the villagers. Many cultural activities conducted on Prabhas' to be awake whole night to complete 'Jagarana Vratham'.
According to the inscriptions, the temple was in existence even before 1172 A.D. Among several kings who ruled the place Sri Krishna Deva Raya gifted large chunks of lands for the maintenance of the temple. The Zamindars of Narsaraopet, Chilakuripet, Amaravati and several others, have donated liberally for the development of the temple.
Legend / Sthala Purana
These three peaks are known as Brahma, Vishnu and Rudra. Anent to the legend, Lord Siva after destroying "Daksha Yagnam" pacified and converted himself into a 12 years old boy and with a great deal of austerity commenced penance as Dakshana Murthy in Kailasam. Then, Lord Brahma and other Gods approached and offered prayers to Dakshana Murthy and entreated him to impart the knowledge of "Brahma". Dakshana Murthy accordingly agreed and asked them to come to Trikoota hills where he imparted them the knowledge of "Brahma" making these hills very sacred.
Anandavalli or Gollabhama
Anandavalli was deeply devoted to Lord Siva and was not interested in her worldly life. She always spent her time in singing the glory of Lord Siva and used to offer prayers at Rudra hill (old Koteswara temple) she declined to change her way of life and commenced penance for Sri Koteswara Swamy. Pleased with her penance Jangama Devara appeared before her. Anandavalli used to visit Rudra hill daily to perform prayers. One day she collected a pot of water for celestial bath and after keeping it at a safe place proceeded to procure "Maredu leaves". Then, a crow came and sat on the pot, and with its weight the pot fell down throwing out the entire water. Anandavalli became furious and cursed that no crow should enter the area. Then on wards and till now crows don not appear here. Jangama Devara pleased with her penance appeared and imparted her the divine knowledge. This had in no way deviated her concentration and she further prayed him as God and as well as her Guru.
Jangama Devara, commisserated at her penance and wished her to lead a wordly life. With his divine power he made her pregnant though she was a spinster. Unmindful of her pregnancy she carried her daily prayers as usual. Aghasted at her deep devotion Jangama Devara again appeared and told that she need not take so many troubles in performing poojas and promised her that he would come to her house where she could do her supplication and asked her to proceed without turning her back.
Anandavalli accordingly proceeded towards her home and Jangama Devara came down from Rudra mountain and followed her. After reaching Brahma hill, Anandavalle lost her patience and turned back. Immediately Jangama Devara reminded of her promise and stopped at Brahma hill and entered the cave of the hill and turned himself into a Lingam. The same sacred place is now called "New Koteswara Temple". Anandavalli also stayed there and, in the meanwhile, she delivered a boy. She repented of her action in seeing back inspite of caution given by Jangama Devara and decided to end her life. Within a moment of above thought, assailing her mind the newly born boy disappeared from the scene.
She then realised that her pregnancy and delivery of a boy were of the creation of Jangama Devara to test her reverence towards him. She felt very happy as she got through all the critical trails and became one in the God. Anandavalli temple is at down below the main temple.
Transport: Narasaraopet town is on Guntur - Kurnool state highway and Chilakaluripet town is on Nh3. Narasaraopet is the best option for whom travelling by RTC bus. From there, Kotappa konda can be reached in half an hour.
Where to Stay
Devasthanam Choultries and rooms available at Kotappa konda up hill. Budget hotels available at Narasaraopet and Chilakaluripet towns.
Best Season & Time to Visit
Avoid summer because of hot weather. July to November is the best time to experience greenary of the hill along with the holiness of the temple. Try below mentioned festival season also.
Festivals / Events
Visit during Shivarathri festival for eye-feasting celebrations. Tholi Ekadashi (Jun or July), Kartheeka Masam (Nov-Dec) are important festivals here.
Daily Pooja & Darshan Timings
Darshan - 5.30am to 1.30pm and 3.30pm to 7.30pm
Eka Rudrabhishekam - 5.30am to 6.30am
Abhishekam - 6.30am to 12.30am
Archana on Gotras Panchaharati - 1.30pm to 1.45 pm
Ashtothara Pooja - 3.30pm to 7.00 pm
Pradoshakolarchan, Panchaharati - 7.00pm to 7.30 pm