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SOMAPALAM - KOTAMMA GUDI 

This obscure little village enshrining a splendid Channakesvalaya, famous for the intestimable sculptural wealth  is also possessing forts, ponds and small shrines installed with a wide variety of gods, like Nandisa, Anjaneya etc. Among them, the Kotamma temple lying in front of Nandisa tank deserves mention. Though it is a small ancient shrine in almost dilapidated condition at it, its archamurthi is receiving reverential regular worship even today. The icon is a superbly chiselled one revealing her fierce aspect that strikes terror at first sight it self, but infinitely compassionate to the devout bhaktas, who offer several types of prayer services with elaborate rituals. This august devata is the household deity of many families in this region and they congregate on festival days in large numbers matting the entire region reverberating with sound, colour and light. Rural folks celebrate it on a grand scale lasting for days.

It lies 5km off Mulakalacheruvu town on the Dharmavaram - Pakala metre guage line, accessible by four wheelers from near by towns like Madana Palli, Kadiri etc.

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