Bhairavakona is the pilgrim centre, located in Ambavaram Kothapalli village, Chandra sekara puram (also known as CS Puram) mandal of Prakasam district, 120 km from Ongole. It borders Sri Potti Sri Ramulu Nellore and Kadapa districts.
The main attractions of Bhairavakona, , are the ancient rock-cut cave temples and scenic beauty since it lies in Nallamala Forest and Hills range.
The main deity is lord Bhareveswara. And the goddess is Trimukadurga devi. Fiery Lord Bhairava is the “Kshetrapalaka'' for the temple at the revered hill with as many as 101 Shivalingams.
An interesting feature of this temple is 8 temples are carved out of one rock and Lord Shiva appears in 8 different forms. Lord Shiva appears in eight forms - Shashinaga, Rudra, Visweswara, Nagarikeswara, Bhargeswara, Rameswara, Mallikarjuna and Pakshamalika Linga.
The ancient temples carved in a hill at Bhairavakona attract many people on Karthika Pournami and Shivarathri. An interesting feature that attracts devotees to Bhairavakona is that moonlight falls on the idol of godess Durgadevi on the day of Karthika Pournami and Maha Shivaratri.
Devotees in large numbers from the districts of Prakasam, Potti Sriramulu Nellore and YSR Kadapa and also from neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Karnataka visit the hill temple for worshipping the divine after a bath in the waterfalls.
There is a beautiful waterfall at Bhairavakona, adjacent to the rock-cut caves. The fall will flow throughout the year. The water from the falls flows down from 200 meters above and flows about 3 feet below through the Durga Devi temple.
The water from the falls which originates from Lingala Penta flows for over 5 kms and reaches Lakshmi, Parvathi and Saraswathi lake. It further flows and reaches Triveni Sangamam and Chitrakota lakes and then passes in front of the diety.
The water flowing through several medicinal plants on the way is also known to have a healing touch to several ailments.
Legend says that Kala Bhairava once prevailed this region and from then this place was called as Bhairava Kona.
The temples date back to 7th to 8th AD by archaeologists. The architectural style of temples is similar to the temples that were constructed during the Pallava Dynasty. This dynasty ruled Tamil Nadu and made it into prosperous region. Many of the temples have Shivalingas as well as small images of Lord Shiva and other Hindu Gods and Goddesses.
Breathtaking scenery all around, the jaw dropping waterfalls, chirping of the birds and the wild life all around all add to the glory of this place.
HOW TO REACH:
- Bhairavakona is well connected by buses to all the near by villages. One getting there should first reach the Ambavaram-kothapalli village and from there buses to Bhairavakona will be running continuously from morning to evening.
- There is no train service to Bhairavakona, however you can reach Ongole, Kavali, Nellore or Kadapa, Yerraguntla railway stations.