Pithapuram in AP is also known as Padagaya Kshetram.
It is the brief history of padagaya Kshetram which is one of the important Astadasa peetha`s, situated at Pithapuram in East Godavari Dist in Andhra Pradesh. It is described in the third chapter of Bheema Khanda and of Skandapurana.
The great poet, Srinadha wrote in the third chapter of Bheemeswara Purana in the following ways. The four places that give salvation or Moksha are Varanasi (banaras), Kedaram, Kumbhakonam and Pithapuram which is known as Padagaya keshetram.