, located about 25 km from Vizianagaram.This temple is located in the Punyagiri hills
near S.Kota.The old name of this hill is Virata Parvatha.One of the oldest Shiva temples of the country
is located in Punyagiri
.Considered to be a very holy spot
, a large numbers of devotees flock here during the Mahasivaratri festival. Large number of devotees visit the lord during the Mahashiva ratri and Karthika masam.According to a legend, if a devotee bathes in the nearby waterfall and after that goes for a darshan of Lord Shiva, Moksha is attained.