Paidithalli Utsavam began on a grand scale at Vizianagaram. There a rush of devotees at the Padithalli Ammavaru temple, where special pujas are being held. Paidithalli is the name given to the local deity in Vizianagaram. Legend has it that the woman belonging to the royal family of Vizianagaram sacrificed her life to protect the city and its people. The festivities including worshipping a tree. The event is called Sirimanotsavam. A tree from the local forest region is selected and it is worshipped.