Puligundu

 

Puligundu is a dual rock mountail with a height of about 1000 feets from the ground. From a distance it looks like a huge Shiva Lingam. It has a very narrow peak with the temple of PuliGunteeswara (Lord Shiva) at the basement. On the rock top, an Ayyappa temple is under construction. There was no supporting aide available all these years to climb up these steep rocks. But with the support from govt, tourism department has installed metal ladders at places to help people to reach the peak now. Even then it is not an easy task, steepness will make anyone to shiver a bit for sure! This doesn’t happen at at just one instance, there are atleast 3-4 such points to test your fear factor for sure! There is a small and very narrow railing that paves path to move between these two rocks at the top.

 

Nearby villagers come to the Shiva temple at the base of this rock to offer special pooja during Makar Sankranti time, on the ‘Kanumu’ festival day. This day usually falls on January 15th of every year. One gets to see huge crowd of people coming here on that special day. Otherwise, hardly anyone goes there during rest of the year. People do make the adventure of reaching the peak and it is a breath holding experience out there. The view of surroundings in 360 degree view thrills! That too if the wind is a bit too fast moving, the feeling is just unexplainable.

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History

Several  natives who made the treacherous climb to the top circa 1960 reported feeling a mystical experience.  There was no path to the top at that time.  On top of the hill they noticed a natural pool of water and several large sized bricks of a type not seen in the area.   This further added to the mystique.  The temple on top of the hill and the pathway including the metal ladders and path leading to the top of the hill were constructed entirely with personal funds from Sri. M Gnanendra Reddy. He has also put in his own physical labor into the project. A three day inauguration of the pathway to the hill and the temple on 3rd July 2010 was conducted  by him.  Several prominent people attended the function including Swaroopanda Swami from Vizag and GiridharGamango, ex CM from Orissa.

 

How To Reach:

From Chittoor (18 Kms) by road. (Frequent APSRTC buses available)

Nearest Railway Stations Chittoor and Pakala.

Where to Stay:

There No Accommodation Available to stay near Puligundu. Need to come back to Chittoor to get Accommodation.

News Reporter