According to inscriptions written on the walls, this temple was built by Sri Krishan Devaraya in 16th century. Raja gopuram is a five tiered construction with beautiful carvings.
While on the way to Ayodhya, Rama decided to halt their journey here as the sun is setting. Sri Rama wants to offer prayers to Siva at the early hours, to get rid of his sin in Killing Ravana. Ravana is a Brahmin so he needs to get rid of Brahmatti Dosham. Sri Rama ordered Hanuman to bring Siva Linga from Kasi. Hanuman who left to Kasi to bring Siva Lingam could not return within pooja time. To perform pooja within time, Rama had installed Siva Linga and performed Abhishekam, which he made out of Sand. This Siva Linga is called 'Saikatha Lingam', a sand sculpture representation of Lord Siva. On return, Hanuman felt bad that he could not fulfil his master's request.
To please Hanuman, Rama installed Siva Linga brought by Hanuman, little away and opposite to Saikatha Lingam. From then on this Kshetram is popular as 'Ramalingeswara Swamy Ksehtram' and 'Hanuman Kshetram'. As Ravana was killed bySri Ram, he attained 'Mukthi'. Hence this place is also called as Mukti Rameswaram. As Sri Rama consecrated the Saikatha Lingam before the sun rise and a hence place is called proddaturu, later changed to Proddatur. Proddaturu is derived from two words, Proddu and turu. In Telugu, Proddu means the time after Sun Rising, turu means village.
Mukthi Rameshwaram Proddatur
Shivaratri, Rama Navami
Direct buses available from Yerraguntala to this place.52.6 km from Kadapa, direct buses to proddatur is available from Kadapa Bus station.193 Km from Tirupati, 3 hours 45 mins drives by Road to reach this place.
The nearest railway station is Yerraguntala Railway station
The nearest airport is Kadapa.