Sarvashail or Godavari tir is considered as one of the 51 Shaktipeethas scattered around the globe. It is located at Kotilingeswar temple on the banks of Godavari river, Rajamundry, Andhra Pradesh, India. Goddess is also worshipped with the names Rakini, Vishweshwari or Viswamatuka (Mother of all worlds). Goddess Sarvashail is accompanied with Vatsnabh or Dandapani (manifestation of lord Shiva).
Faith: It is considered that whoever dips in the holy river Godavari and worship goddess Sarvashail their wishes are fulfilled and attain prosperity.
According to Ancient scripts, When King Daksha performed sacrificial yagna against lord Shiva, his daughter goddess Sati (concert of lord Shiva) self-immolated for the insult of her husband lord Shiva. When lord Shiva carried Sati corps in grief, lord Vishnu cut down the body of Sati with his Sudharshan Chakra. During which it is believed that “Devi’s left Cheeks” fell down at this place.
According to the scripts there lived a sage named Gautama on Brahmagiri Hills, Trayambakeshwar. There was a time when whole world is suffering from drought but his ahsram was not affected, people around the places came to his ashram to take shelter. He stored all his rice in a granary, once a cow entered into granary and started eating rice. In the process of warding cow he used grass with which cow fell dead. In order to clear the sin of Gohatya he worshiped lord Shiva to bring down goddess Ganga. From then Godavari river is considered as Dakshina ganga, and the place as dakshina Kashi. During the period of pushkar bath crores of devotees come to take holy bath.
It is one of the ancient temple build more than 5000 years ago. Although there is no clear information when and who build the temple, temple architecture and fine work of sculptures on tall wall of Gopuram resemble to ancient culture. During the festival of Navratri and Shivratri millions of pilgrims visit the temple and have a dip in Godavari river
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Road: There are many buses floating all the time, also it is well connected with all major cities of India.
Rail: Rajamundry railway station is one of the biggest
Air: Rajamundry airport is the nearest airport which is 18 kms. from the city.