Om Sairam dearest family,
On 23rd July 2009 there was some work being done in one farmer’s field just behind Swami’s ashram in Peddakammavari Palli road and the work men found this less than 3 feet Shivalingam.
In no time the news spread in Puttaparthi and hundreds of devotees started going there and it was talk of the town. Puttaparthi has little bit of history before Swami’s birth in this holy tiny hamlet… The KIng Sri Krishnadevaraya who had his base in Penukonda (1 hour from Parthi) had built some temples around Puttaparthi in Bukkapatnam and he was also instrumental in building two lakes in Puttaparthi area.
The emergence of Lingam was a big news for Puttaparthians and the media from all over the state came here to cover the news. The archeological director was also called to check the Shivalingam. The primary investigation confirms that that lingam was of 17 th century and the Archeological director also didn’t write off the possibility of a temple some where closer by this place.
Devotees were queuing up to see this lingam. many offered Milk, Ghee and other offerings as abhishekam and there were also high profile visitors from the ashram to see this lingam..The flower and coconut vendors who usually sell near Ganesh gate shifted to this new place and it was totally a festive atmosphere around the Lingam place. The auto rickshaw drivers were all driving up and down with devotees to this place..
The upper part of the lingam was detachable and many pandits are of the opinion that since the upper part was removed, it needs to be installed in a better place and a puja is to be done to get the power back into the Lingam..
With pranams at the lotus feet of our beloved Lord, “Om Sai Ram”.