Sri Parasurameswara Swamy Gudimallam Temple, Gudimallam is a small village located in Srikalahasti Mandal, of the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, India.Though a small village, historically it is very important because it has a beautiful Siva Temple which is popularly known as ” Sri Parasurameswara Temple".
The main importance of the temple lies in the Linga which is housed in the Garbhagriha of the temple. This is supposed to be the earliest Linga discovered so far and it has been assigned to the 2nd or 1st century BC. The name of the temple is mentioned as Parasurameswara Temple in the inscriptions. These inscriptions do not refer to the original builders of the temple. But they register the gifts made to the temple of land, money and cows for the conduct of daily worship in the temple. The Black and Redware sherds of the 2nd or 3rd century AD have been brought to light during the course of excavations conducted in 1973. Potsherds of the Andhra Satavahana period and large-sized bricks measuring 42+21+6 cms. of the same period have also been found. Hence, some historians assign the temple to the Satavahana period.
The temple called Parasurameswaraalayam was built on the banks of Suvaranamukhi river. There is a fascinating tale about this place. It runs once there was a devotee by name Parasurameswara, who was worshipping Lord Siva regularly with exceptional ardor using flowers grown in his tank nearby. The flowers were odd in shape and colours-And grand to look at. The Lord was pleased and conferred bliss on him. Seeing this unseen, a demon Chitra one day ventured to pluck all the flowers and offered to Siva. Finding the transgression grievous, the pious Sivabhakta entered into a fierce boxing bout with the demon. When the vanquished demon was about to be crushed, Lord Siva appeared and blessed the both with their desire of Sayujyamukti – merging in Him It`s a famous tourist temple.The Lord “PARASURAMESWARA DEVASTANAM” in 2 B.C and believed to be the first Indian temple. Within the temple premises, there are other temples “SHANMUKA” with his two wives “VALLI.”DEVASANA”, “SURYABHAGAVAN” Temple and temple for “ANANDHAVALLI AMMAVARU”.