Ksheeraramam, also known as Paalakollu
is located near Narasapuram in the West Godavari belt of Andhra Pradesh. It is considered
to be one of the five pancharama Shiva shrines of Andhra Pradesh. the five pancharama
temples are Draksharama, Kumararama, Ksheerarama and Bheemarama and Amararama.
Several legends tie together the five
Pancharama temples dedicated to Shiva.
Legend has it that Upamanyu, the son of Kaushika muni requested Shiva
that he be granted the desired quantity of milk for the performance of his daily rituals
and that Shiva caused the Ksheera Pushkarini tank to overflow with milk from the mythical
Ksheera Saagaram (the milky ocean). Hence the names Paalakollu, Dugdapovanam and Ksheeraramam.
Legend has it that Shiva was worshipped by Rama at this shrine as in Rameswaram.
This is a large temple with a towering Rajagopuram. The white marble Shivalingam
worshipped in the sanctum is referred to as Ramalingeswara Swami as well as
Abodes of Shiva