Jaladheeswara Swamy Temple Ghantasala

Sree Jaladheeswara Swamy Temple (Telugu: శ్రీ జలదీశ్వర ఆలయం), popularly known as Sree Balaparvati Sametha Jalasheeswara Aalayam (Telugu: శ్రీ బాలపార్వతీ సమేత జలదీశ్వర ఆలయం) is in a village named Ghantasala in Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh.[1][2]

It is one of the more ancient temples, believed to exist before 2nd century A.D. The fact that Siva and Parvathi are placed on a single "peetam" (panavattamu) makes the temple different from many other ancient temples like Srisailam and Srikalahastri.

According to Dr. D. Kannababu, assistant superintendent, Archeology Survey of India, "Jaladheeswara Temple was the fourth ancient temple in Andhra Pradesh. From the evidenced existing today, this temple existed before 2nd century A.D. This siva Lingam has similar features with some of the ancient temples like Gudimallem (Chittor district near Sri Kalahastri), Amarvati,Draksharamam."[3]

Salient features of the temple:

It is the only temple in the world to have lords Siva and Parvati on a single peetam.
According to the temple history, the peetam was placed by Agastya maharshi.
Nandeeshwara is more beautiful and realistic in this temple.
This temple darshan has the same pious (punya phalam) effect equivalent to Darshanam of Dwadasa jyotirlingams (12) and Astadasa Shakti Peetams (18) due to the placement of Siva and Parvati on a single peetam.
The devotees believe that jaladeeshwara abhisheka theertham is a cure for many diseases.

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