Aalaya was first built by Lord Parasuram at the foot of the hill
called Simhagiri and installed the icons of Gouri and Shankar along
with Kesavaswami. Lured by the sanctity of the place, Agasthya,
Rishyasringa and Simhagiri Bhat performed penance and got their
desires fulfilled by the grace of Lord Siva. As the story goes, one
cowherd once observed one of his cows standing over an ant-hill and
allowing its milk flow down into it. When he was about to beat it
with his axe, there came a voice in ringing tones dissuading him to
leave it unharmed, and also inform his master to build an Aalaya for
Lord Bhogeswaraswamy; for, He was there dwelling in it for long. The
same night the master too had the same dream.
the next day when the master removed the ant-hill, he found a big
size Sivalinga encircled by a serpent on a huge Panavatta. Deeming
it auspicious, he built the Aalaya, and also another one for Mother
Parvathi. Again he was instructed in his dream by Adisesha to build
a small hamlet around, and name it Seshagrandhipuram. He implemented
the divine injunction implicitly.
Sivalinga is about five feet in height and it is self manifested. As
the serpent entwined the Sivalinga, it was appropriately called
Bhogeswaralinga. The Aalaya is adorned with beautiful sculptural
representations of all gods, like Nandi, Navagrahas, Vinayaka etc.
With the passage of time it attained great eminence as a great Saiva
lies in Pamidi, at a distance of 16 km to Gutti in the Anantapur
district of Andhra Pradesh.