(Last Updated on : 16-03-2015)
Paikapada is famous for Shiva Lingams
at Pataleshwar Shiva Temple, which dates back to the 9th century. Paikapada is located near Therubali in the Rayagada district
, in the Indian state of Odisha
. The deities like Lord Jagannath
, Maa Dakhineshwari Kalika, and Chamunda
are the most common deities worshiped here. The car festival of Lord Jagannath is also celebrated and during Shiv Ratri a large number of pilgrims come to observe the function. It is believed that there are 99, 99,999 Shiva lingams (only 1 less to 1crore) in and around the Pataleshwar shrine.
A rock inscription in Brahmi script
found at the Pataleshwar temple commemorates the Eastern Ganga dynasty and the Suryavansha dynasty kings in Rayagada.
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