to it, the priest of this place was ascending the hill everyday with
his wife for attending to prayer services. Once during her
pregnancy, she uttered that she could not come to Him for offering
prayers as usual, and after delivery alone she would visit again.
The merciful Bhagawan replied that He Himself would come down for
her worship then itself, on the condition that she should not look
back till reaching the foot of hill. Thanking Him, she started
descending. She heard then the sounds of chariot wheels behind.
Unable to resist the temptation, she turned to see the coming of
Lord. At once the chariot broke and the wheels rolled down. And one
of them fell into a tank and the other on its bank. As the splitting
sound was loud, she fell down and died on the spot. Later some
devotees built a temple installing the Sivalinga on the wheel in
token of her devotion. Hence the wheel shaped panavatta. A similar
incident is narrated about the Kotappa Konda temple also. This
temple faces west and has all the parts except Nandi opposite the
Sivalinga. In addition, it has six minishrines in the compound
enshrining six lingas, one each. The successors of Cholas were
Kakatiyas, who usually worshipped the Lord six times a day, and
perhaps they might have installed them to represent their practice.
There are many adorable deities, such as Gouri, Virabhadra,
Ganapathi, exquisitely sculptured and fittingly installed. It was
and is a largely visited Sivaalaya.
lies in Mahaboobnagar district of Andhra Pradesh accessible by bus.