The Pancharama Kshetras or the Pancharamas) are five ancient Hindu temples of Lord Shiva situated in Andhra Pradesh. Pancha means five and Arama means peace of mind. Four of these temples are located in Godavari districts and the fifth one in Guntur district.
The Sivalingas at these temples are made from a single Sivalinga. As per the legend, this Sivalinga was owned by the Rakshasa King Tarakasura. No one could win over him due to the power of this Sivalinga. In the war between deities and Taraka, Kumara Swamy and Taraka came face to face. Kumara Swamy used his Sakthi aayudha to torn Taraka into pieces. But to the astonishment of all, the pieces reunite to give rise to Taraka.
When Lord Kumara Swamy was confused, Lord Sriman Narayana appeared and told that till he breaks the Shivalinga, he can not kill the Asura. Lord Vishnu also said that after breaking, the shiva lingham also will try to unite. To prevent this uniting, all the pieces should be fixed in the place where they fall by worshipping and building temples on them.
By taking the word of Lord Vishnu, Lord Kumara Swamy used his Aagneasthra (weapon of fire) to break the Shiva lingham worn by Taraka. The Shiva lingham broke into five pieces and was trying to unite by making Omkara nada (Chanting Om). Different deities built temples at different places and the pieces stopped their movement and these five locations are called panchrama kshetras.
The area offers several religious destinations, some of them having a grand Dravidian style of architecture!
Some of the famous temples with-in driving distance in Godavari district are :