Mythological History of Kethaki Sangameshwara Swamy Devasthanam
In Kethaki Sangameshwara Swamy Devasthanam, there is a Shiva Lingam, which is said to have been established by Lord Brahma. Lord Brahma is the Hindu God of creation and one of the Trimurti, the others being Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva or Mahadeva. According to the Brahma Purana, he is the father of Manu, and from Manu all human beings are descended. In the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, Lord Brahma is often referred to as the progenitor or great grandsire of all human beings. It is also said that Lord Brahma after creating the world came to the spot, where Kethaki Sangameshwara Swamy Devasthanam is located for meditation. Since the existing "Bhanakara Lingam" has been installed by Lord Brahma, several pujas and offerings are being performed with Kethaki flowers. There is also a fresh water lake, which is locally called "Pushkarini", consisting of eight theerthas like Narayana, Dharna, Rushi, Varuna, Soma, Rudra, Indira and Datha. Here the Lord is called as "Kethaki Sangameshwara".
History of Kethaki Sangameshwara Swamy Devasthanam
History of Kethaki Sangameshwara Swamy Devasthanam says that Raja "Kupendra" king of Surya Vamsha during "Krutha Yug" was ailing from skin disease. There he did not found any remedies to get cure of his disease. One day in his routine hunting it happened to reach the Kethaki Vanam and found a stream, where he washed his body. After reaching home he found that the skin disease was completely cured and in the same night Lord Sangameshwara appeared in a dream, asked the king to construct sanatorium over "Shiva Lingam". The Raja Kupendra constructed the temple over Shiva Lingam and converted the stream into a "Pushkarini". From that time, it is called as "Astha Theertha Amrutha Gundam. It is also called "Dakshina Kasi gundam".
Due to historical and spiritual significance, the people from various parts of the country like Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar, Chattisgarh visit the Kethaki Sangameshwara Swamy Devasthanam and pay homage to Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma, and perform "Gunda Pooja" or the offering to God.
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