Attirala is a very sacred place, located on the east bank of the river Cheyyeru. It was called Hatyarala and Yethirevula in olden days. The sanctity of the river Cheyyeru was elaborately described in the great epic of Mahabharata in the story of Sankha and Likhita.
History of Attirala ::
The holiness of this temple is reported to be widely discussed in the epic Mahabharata. The temple Parasurama Kshetra of this village is famous for its sculptural beauty. The lord Parasurama killed his mother by his father s order. Then lord Parasurama is travelling and wasshing his axe in all the holy rivers in India.
The blood stains doesn’t clear off in any place. When he reaches Attirala, the blood stains were cleated off. From that moment, this place is called as Hatyarala. In the mean time, it is known as Attirala.
It is a centre of Vedic culture and famous for its beauty.
River Cheyyeru atoned Parasurama from the sin of matricide and gave hands to Likhita, the brother of Sankha a great sage. People believe that Parasurama temple was once a Buddhist vidya kendra, occupied by Saivas first and later by Vaishnavas. Vaishnavas made this place asParasurama Kshetra.
Civil Structure of Attirala Temple ::
There are mainly Three temples such as Sivalayam Teteswara Swamy , Gadadhara Swamy Vishnu Parasuramalayam. There is a Jyothistambha, higher up in the temple of Thretheswara, on the top of a hill. Jyothi, lighted on festivals, is visible to distance of 30 Kms around.
To the south of this temple there is a 72 pillared hall and on the eastern side there are two famous temples
on the hill slope dedicated to Gadhadara and Thretheswara.
Gadhadara stands on one leg here.
The presence of Gadhadara and holy river Cheyyeru, Attirala is considered as sacred as Gaya Kshetram. Parasurama Kshetra, is worth seeing for its sculptural beauty and grand appearance.
There is a Jyothi stambha, higher up the temple of Thretheswara, on the top of a hill. Jyothi, lighted on festivals, is visible to distance of 30 Kms around.
How to Reach Attirala ::
8 Kms from Rajampet and 55 Kms from Cuddapah.