Kumararama – Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple
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Sacred to the great Lord Shiva, Kumararama Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple is one of the Pancharama Kshetras in India. It is located in Samarlakota of East Godavari at Andhra Pradesh. The other four temples are Amararama, Draksharama, Ksheerarama and Somarama. It has been written in the Puranas, that to visit a Shiva temple a person has to have the “yogam” / “Yog”(opportunity given by god/boon). So if you are seeking Moksha you should visit this place blessed with pure sanctity.
History of Samarlakaota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple
There is an interesting legend regarding the name of the place and with the existence of Lord Shiva manifesting here. During the legendary Tarakasura vadha, the Shiva Linga which was in the throat of Tarakasura broke into five pieces and one of the pieces fell here. Thereafter, it came to be known as Kumararama. Lord Bhimeswara Swamy was placed here by Kumara Swamy (son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati) and hence the temple is called Kumararama. This temple was built in Dravidian style, by the King Chalukya Bhima. Hence the name came to be known as Bhimeswara.
Significance of the Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple
- The temple has carvings of apsaras on its walls.
- The Chalukya king built this temple to record his history of 300 victories in wars.
- Mantapam is supported with 100 pillars can be seen.
- Eka Shila Nadi is placed opposite to the Shiva Lingam at the entrance.
- The main entrance of the temple is also called as Surya Dwaram. The main shrine is a free standing monument lying at the centre of the inner enclosure. The temple is a rectangular structure and has two stories.
- The lime stone Lingam, placed on the shrine, is 14 feet tall, such that it rises from the pedestal on the ground floor and enters the second floor by piercing the roof, where the Rudrabhaga is worshipped.
- One can see the sculpture design of both Turpu chalukyas’ and kakatiyas. Here the Goddess knownas Bala Trupura sundari.
Timings of Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple
- Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple is open from morning 6:00 am to afternoon 12:00 pm.
- In the evenings from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm darshan takes place.
Festivals at Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple
- During Karthika and Margashira months that are November/December, Abhishekams are carried out every day.
- During the months of February/March, Kalyana Mahotsam Magha Bahula Ekadashi day is celebrated reverently.
- Dusherha is also celebrated in the months of October.
- Till Maha Shivarathri, a lot of grand celebrations in the temple can be seen especially the car festival. These festivals are a grand spectre for visitors.
How to reach Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple
- By road: Samarlakota is 15 Kms from Kakinada, 49 kms from Rajahmundry, and 125 kms from Visakhapatnam, so frequent trains are easily there for transportation. Busses are available connecting this place through the National Highway.
- By rail: it is on the Vijayawada-Howrah broad gauge railway line of South – Central Railway, a lot of trains stop here.
- By air : Vishakapatnam is the nearest international airport and Rajahmundry nearest domestic airport .
Hotels near Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple
- Theatre Royal Hotel on 81, Seddon Street has themes rooms with antique furnishings that please all those who stay here.
Places near Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple
- Bhavanarayana swamy temple is a great place to visit that is believed to belong to Mauryas and the presiding immortal deity is Bhavanarayanaswamy.
- Sri Golingeswara Swamy temple was built by the Eastern Chalukyas in the 9th-10th centuries. The temples are a fine example of the architectural grandeur that was prevalent in the Dravidian style. A stone sculpture of Ganesha in the village shows true mastery of Chalukyan craftsmanship.
- Ayyappa Swamy Temple is also called Andhra Sabarimala. In 1989, Swamy Ayyappa Panchaloha idol was installed in Dwarapudi temple in Mandapeta mandal of East Godavari district, by Shri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal, and also the largest Harihara statue. The holy eighteen steps and cluster of shrines are the attraction for this Ayyappa temple.