Pattiseema Veerabhadra Swamy Temple is one of the famous Shiva Temples in Andhra Pradesh. Pattiseema, also known as Pattasadri or Pattisa or Pattisachalam, near Rajahmundry in West Godavari is not only famous for natural beauty but also for Pattiseema veerabhadra kshetram. The temple is located on a hill in the middle of the Godavari River at a distance of 40 km from Rajahmundry, 25 km from Kovvur, and 120 km from Eluru.
The presiding deity of Pattiseema Veerabhadra temple is Lord Veerabhadra swamy, the ferocious manifestation of Lord Shiva and the concert of the Lord is Goddess Bhadrakali. The main attraction in the temple is the big sculpture of Goddess Bhadrakali, decked up with ornaments and a big sword.
Pattiseema Veerabhadra temple has a great significance as it is known as one of the five Pancha Kashi Kshetrams. The other four are – Kedarnath, Kashi (Varanasi), Sri Kalahasti, and Srisailam.
The legend or the story of the temple dates back to Daksha Yagna and Sati Devi. After the death of Goddess Sati Devi during Daksha Yagna, Lord Shiva incarnated as Veerabhadra swamy and consecrated Pattiseema. The temple has another importance that it is also known as Harihara Kshetram. Lord Vishnu consecrated the hill as Bhava Narayana swamy and protecting the hill in the form of Kshetra Palaka. The temple of Bhu and Neela Sametha Bhava Narayana swamy is also famous here.
Maha Shivaratri, Chaitra Navaratri, Ashwayuja Devi Navaratri, Karthika Masam, Shravana Masam, Magha Masam, and Pradosha kaala puja are the best times to visit the temple.