ancient village shrine renowned for Tree worship - Aswartha Vriksha
puja enshrines in its vast campus many adorable gods, like Anjaneya,
Maheswara, particularly Nagadevathas in several sizes and shapes.
The Siva shrine lies behind the most venerable Aswartha tree and
while making pradakshan to the tree, we find this small shrine, and
feel that the tree has eclipsed the glory of Siva in a way. It is a
minishrine with a two-foot high Sivalinga installed on a modest
sized panavatta. Saivagama puja is performed with ardor due. To its
northern side there jets out an iron pipe fitted above the passage
for the Abhisheka water to flow down into a hollow pit. Devotees
always throng and apply their ears to the open end of the pipe
believing that Omkara sound is heard and gods are worshipping the
Lord. BELIEF GIVES RELIEF. Hence the craze.
lies 10 km off Hindupur - a big town in Anantapur district of Andhra
Pradesh and accessible by bus.